This is our 12th Halloween with kids. What?!
I have one rule: they aren't allowed to dress as the same character more than once. Otherwise the girls would be some incarnation of a witch every year. I force them to be creative and come up with a new idea each year. #meanMom
A Mom's trip down memory lane, complete with poor quality, unedited pictures...
Natalie's first halloween in 2003 was celebrated in California, and she dressed as a giraffe. I have no idea why we decided on a giraffe. Probably because I was working full-time and waited until the last minute.
The next year she was more excited to dress up and beg for candy.
In 2005 Ella joined the family. This year we were in Iowa. Natalie was a black cat and Ella was a tiny pumpkin, only 32 days old.
For halloween of 2006 we lived in Louisiana. Natalie was a witch and Ella was a pirate. The pirate costume was assembled from clothing we had on hand: my belt, some brown leggings rolled up, and Natalie's blousey white shirt & denim vest. This is one of my favorite costumes. I love her baby cankles.
The next three years we lived in Salt Lake City.
In 2007 I insisted the girls dress as a lady bug and bumble bee because I knew coordinated costumes would probably never happen again.
I was a pregnant lady that year.
Owen joined the family in 2008, and Jason became a part of the decision making process. He chose Yoda for Owen. Natalie wanted to be the tooth fairy because she was losing teeth left and right that year. Ella was a devil. I chose the costume because she was seriously a demon child that year and it fit her perfectly.
|She? She's plotting something here.|
In 2009 Natalie dressed as "ice," Ella was a black cat, and Owen was Alan Jackson. Remember, Jason was making halloween decisions for Owen, so obviously.
Halloween of 2010 and 2011 were in Minnesota. In 2010 Natalie was a cowgirl, Ella was a grouchy butterfly, and Owen was a can of beer. (Jason!)
Jason and I dressed as a vampire couple that year.
In 2011 Natalie was a devil, Ella was an angel (we all had a good laugh about that one), and Owen was a gnome.
After Yoda, Alan Jackson, and beer can, I wrestled control of Owen's costume away from Jason. In 2011 he was my sweet gnome. So dang cute. This marked the last year I had any say in their costumes.
Then we moved to Fargo and the kids officially took over. In 2012 Natalie was a cute & spunky witch, Ella was a skeleton, and Owen was Spiderman.
I just realized Natalie dressed as a witch twice! Son of a...!
2013 was the year of Danica Patrick, a monster, and a ninja.
This year Ella will dress as Katniss Everdeen, Natalie will be a hippie, and I'm still not sure what Owen is. He has the costume but I don't know what it is?! Something from Skylanders?
Happy Halloween Eve!