If we had never started "doing Halloween" with our girls, then the costume party probably would have never come to be. But, as a young wife, I thought my husband was silly for his views on Halloween. And what was the harm of that cute little pumpkin outfit and a bit of candy? Besides, we weren't doing "evil Halloween" we were doing "cute and fun Halloween." In my mind, there was difference, OK?
Last year I explained to Sweetheart (Little Bit didn't care--she was scared of Halloween stuff anyway) that I didn't think we should celebrate Halloween anymore. Just look around, Sweetheart. Do you think this stuff makes God happy? Do you think it brings him glory? "No, Mommy!" she agreed. But she did think she could still have a costume. God didn't mind she told me. "Oh? How do you know that?" I asked. "Because he probably thinks we look cute!"
And so last year, sometime in October we had a costume day with the cousins and then we sat Halloween out. In fact, I believe we went to church that night which was a much better use of our time, I'd say. Here are the four little Indians. The theme was chosen by the two big girls and happily played out by the little ones.
They had a big time. This year, for her costume, Sweetheart wanted to dress up as Kit Kittredge. You know, the American Girl. Yes, we've seen the movie. Yes, we've read all 6 books plus some of the small ones. We've also read the Molly series, so that is who Little Bit has chosen to be. My sister had the idea of, instead of an Indian pow wow, to have an American Girl tea party this year. Her girls will be coming as Felicity and Julie.
There will be nameplates on the table, decorated in a fashion appropriate to that character. The dishes used by each girl will match her era. "Julie" will be eating off of some 70's dishes of my moms. "Molly" will be using Fire King Jadite dishes. "Kit" will be dining on depression glass from my sister's collection. "Felicity" will have a fancy china cup and saucer. Each girl will make a craft about their character and there will be portraits made with each girl holding the mini doll of her character.
I am happy to say that so far the costumes have cost me: $4 for Kit and $3 for Molly. My sister had fabric for Felicity's dress and she did have to buy a shirt for Julie, but really 70's fashion is back in style so her daughter will be able to wear it again. And also, through all of this, I learned to sew skirts!!!! I'm so happy!
I'll be sure to post pictures after the big event. It's not until the first weekend of November this year--but maybe I'll show you the costumes as soon as I finish them. Because probably I won't be able to wait.
OK, definitely I won't be able to.