We’re in heavy Halloween-prep mode here at OWS — on orange alert, if you will. (Thank you, that rolled right off my keyboard.) I like the spirit and excitement of Halloween — even the challenges (sometimes) — especially when you experience the season through a child’s eyes. I like to categorize our steps to get ready for the big day into one of the 5 C’s:
I love chocolate. Love. It. Need. It. I also pride myself in being efficient and organized. So, you might imagine that buying candy well ahead of time in preparation for the 31st usually ends up in a scene that looks something like this:
I won’t tell you how long that bag lasted, but suffice it to say: Not. Long.
2. Candy Corn
Ok, I know this technically falls under #1, but candy corn is different. Every year Drama Girl convinces me that she loves candy corn, can’t live without candy corn, etc. I, being the goof that I am, convince myself, “Yeah, I love candy corn, too!” We each eat a few handfuls out of the bag and then realize mid-bite that our teeth will spontaneously rot and fall out in our hands if we continue. Then I swear on my healthy gums and pearly whites I will never ever buy candy corn again…until next year when I forget all about the nightmares I had about wearing dentures.
I put it on the counter in the kitchenette at work and poof! Gone in an instant. That is the magic of working in an office. The wolves will eat anything.
3. Costumes and Clowns
Where do I begin? This year Drama Girl wants to be a scientist; T-Rex, a robot. The Ex and I looked high and low for costumes to purchase — in store and online — and have come up with zip. To his credit, The Ex even took the kids to Party City, only to take 3 steps inside the door and have both of the kids break down in hysterics when they saw a larger-than-life evil clown hanging in the entrance — I went in a few days later to check it out for myself. The Party City clown makes the toy clown under the bed scene in Poltergeist look tame. Okay, maybe not, because that is one of the scariest scenes in cinematic history, but you get the idea. I’m mean just look at that face. And look at those teeth – that’s a warning against eating too much candy corn if I’ve ever seen one.
Thanks a lot for scarring my kids forever, Party City. And, I take back most of the stuff I said under my breath, Ex, when you told me you had to leave the store without buying anything. Most of it, anyway.
But now I’m left with the dreaded “make your own” costume adventure. Note I say it leaves me in this predicament, not The Ex, who slunk off with a weak, whiny, “I looked online. I couldn’t get into Party City. I don’t know what else to dooooo…” Right.
I bought DG a men’s white dress shirt that will have to do as a lab coat. (The real lab coats were too expensive and/or out of stock.) She’s going to carry around a clipboard and maybe a magnifying glass and seems content with that. I asked her if she wanted to be a mad scientist, which I did see in the store (actually it was a kid’s “toxic scientist” costume, complete with green radioactive slime on the lab coat – very nice). She said, “No. I’m a serious scientist who invents things.” Well, you go, girl. Invent me a 3 book deal with movie rights and I’ll buy you a real lab coat someday. Embroidered, too.
T-Rex’s robot will take more work, but after a trip to Lowe’s and Target we now have silver duct tape, aluminum foil, reflective lights, flexible aluminum foil dryer ducting, a bag and an old bike helmet. And I have wine, lots of wine, so we’ll see what I can come up with.
By the way, Single Mom Seeking Rachel Sarah recently wrote a post about a single father who asks for help from the ladies in making a costume for his child. I couldn’t tell if this was a request for a seamstress or a date; as you might tell from the majority of responses, including mine, we ladies weren’t impressed. Suck it up like the rest of us, dude! I bought FLEXIBLE DRYER DUCTWORK, for chrissake.
4. Corn mazes, cute farm animals and cultivated pumpkin patches
(ok, I had to stretch that “C” a bit)
One of the best parts of fall is our annual trip to pick out our pumpkins. We enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend and went with my parents to a local farm. One of the great things about this area is there are several local farms nearby and a flourishing local produce/sustenance movement. We especially enjoy this farm because it’s not commercialized and makes you feel like you really are away from it all. I’ve taken the kids there since I was first on my own almost five years ago. We haven’t gotten bored yet.
Note: I’m always tempted to pick out the biggest pumpkins I can find, but then I realize that a) I have to drag the cart back from the field, and b) I’ll be the sucker who ends up having to carve them.
5. Crazy Pictures
You may recall I shared with you a seasonal picture that T-Rex had drawn. Well, he’s on a roll. Check out this one:
The three-headed pumpkin monster is shooting a ball from the rocket charger (on the far left) into the basket on the far right. (Nice shot.) Meanwhile, Mr. Other Pumpkin Head is hitting a tennis ball (see the racket) to the monster flower, who catches it with a glove. I’m a little confused as to whether we have tennis, baseball or basket balls going here, but whatever. There’s also something about a garbage disposal thing sticking out of the bottom of the monster, and the middle Pumpkin Head cheering. If you say so, son.
All in all, it appears to be a fine example of different species playing well together. Perhaps we humans could learn something from it?
So those are my 5 C’s. How are you preparing for this Halloween?