First Halloweens

Back in 2010, my sweet Arionna was celebrating her first Halloween. She was seven months old.

That was her little “costume” and I took a bunch of photos with her, many of her holding that pumpkin. She was singularly uncoopertive. Rarely smiled at the camera. But, regardless, these are my memories of her first Halloween and how cute she was.

Here’s the blog post from that Halloween. I did post a bunch, because of the first, and also because I bought her that little outfit.
This year, in 2013, as Camden celebrated his first Halloween, Emily mentioned she still had the jammies, and since they are roughly the same size/age, I was so excited to replicate that moment.
Here is Cam, at 8.5 months, on his first Halloween. This was AFTER trick-or-treating, so by all accounts he should have been tired and cranky…
photoInstead, he was happy as could be, and totally willing to let me put that pumpkin on his lap. (His hair was that crazy because we made him wear a hat for trick-or-treating…)

Eventually, he did grow bored and toss the pumpkin, heading straight for the camera….

And still so cute!
I’m delighted that these two could BOTH wear that little Halloween outfit and that I got to see them both. About as cute as little bats (and I kind of wish we had saved the little bat that Simon made from Arionna’s pictures!)
I wonder if she still has the same Thanksgiving outfit….

Halloween 2013

That rhymes.

Anyway, I just wanted to get this up before, you know, Thanksgiving is here. I finally uploaded the photos. Mostly just pictures….

¬†Our whole crew. Obviously we had a theme going…based on what Arionna chose for her costume.

My sister’s cute family. For those wondering, Chad was the wizard. No, I don’t understand the creepy mask either.

The witch was really going after that dog….

Little man from the Lollipop guild. The lollipop was actually too heavy for him to hold….but he looked so cute.

Warm in his stroller, but still holding his GIANT bucket.

My favorite picture of my little witch.

Okay, maybe THAT is my favorite picture.

Though that one is pretty cute, too!

Okay, maybe THAT’s my favorite (even though the camera was foggy from coming in from outside!)
We didn’t take a ton of pictures, but the ones we did take were pretty cute. It was a fun Halloween and a good way to cap off October. November has so far kicked my a$$…so this feels nostalgic at this point.

Say Cheese!

With Halloween creeping up (tomorrow!) I thought it a good time to post a cute Halloween costume. My cousin Sara’s daughter, Hadley. This is what she wanted to be for Halloween this year.

Tell me you didn’t smile when you saw that? Who doesn’t love a little girl who wants to go as CHEESE?!? It was Hadley’s idea, but Sara MADE THE COSTUME. She did a great job, right?
Hadley’s big brother, Hunter, wanted to be Sonic the hedgehog. Typical boy, but he wears it well, very cute.

And here are both kids, starting college.

Ah, they grow up so fast!
Happy Early Halloween!

Costume Preview

This year, after Arionna chose her costume “I want to be the Wicked Witch, green face and all” we decided to do a family Wizard of Oz theme. I have a Scarecrow costume from years past. My sister is going to be Dorothy.

I make the costumes for the kids, so I decided Cam was going to be from the Lollipop Guild.

This is what they look like:

He already has a plaid shirt and solid, matching pants. We tweaked the costume a bit, but he has striped socks and we added suspenders. His hair already has those crazy curls, so it is perfect. My mom is going to join him…making two from the Guild.

Here’s a sneak peek at my little Guildman.


Suspenders on a baby? Possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And yeah, that lollipop is as big as his head. He can’t even really hold it, it is resting on the ground. Like a boy, his costume was fairly uncomplicated.

Unlike this little darling.

On Halloween she’ll be dressed in all black, and I bought her the hat and the broom (which is an actual replica in child’s size!) but I made the skirt and the cape. I also did the face makeup. We’ll do it more thoroughly on Halloween and we’re painting her hands and nails then, too, but for trying it on to make sure it all fit?
It is so cute. For someone who is not crafty, I am so proud of this costume. It is beyond darling.
I promise better pictures of the whole group on Halloween. But since my sister annoyingly already posted this on FB, I had to get these up there so you’d know what they were!

Halloween 2012

My evening was just delightful. I left work and went straight to my sister’s house. They were supposed to be gone, at her in-laws, and I would meet them there. When I arrived, the house was dark, so I sat in my car, waiting for them. People were staring at the creepy woman in a wig, watching trick-or-treaters. Turns out, Arionna had a melt-down and they never left the house, so Chad’s parents came over to their house. They were home the whole time and I was just sitting in my car.

My sister brought Arionna outside and saw me in my car. She told me that Arionna wouldn’t get her costume on. What is up with that bee costume? We went to one house and Arionna wanted to be held and she had her head buried in Emily’s neck. I finally took her from Em and talked to her. I managed to get her to agree to put the rest of her costume on. We went back to their house and I got her fully dressed.


There she is, my little bumblebee.

She wasn’t all about smiling for the camera, but it’s still leaps ahead of where we were with Simon.


That’s our Halloween picture, the best of the lot. For those wondering, I was black and blue….a bruise!


With her witchy grandma. She told my mom she had to be a witch for Halloween, so my mom accommodated.


That is the only shot I got of her whole costume, including the little stinger on her butt.


An actual trick-or-treating shot. She would not speak to anyone. She would silently stare at everyone and just hold up her bucket. Then, the second we were away from the house, she’d chatter like a magpie.

At one point, Emily ran home to get gloves for Arionna. It wasn’t too cold outside, but she’s been sick and Em was making sure. When we all stopped in the street for her to put the gloves on, I noticed something cool and made everyone pause for a photo.

From L-R: Chad (the super skinny shadow WAY left), my Mom, Arionna, Emily, Me, and Kathy (Chad’s mom).

Nice, spooky, Halloween shadow photo.

A lovely family portrait from their front porch, in front of their pumpkins.

Once we got inside, little Bee wanted that candy.


“I got candy!”

Just kept digging into that pumpkin. Pulling out candy after candy, stopping to eat random pieces.

Then I said I wanted one picture of her smiling in her costume.


She refused to even look at the camera. Sweetheart.

Later, I changed her into her jammies and she and I had a tea party in the living room. Then, she was getting silly and tried on Grandma’s witch hat.


And suddenly she’s smiling. Kids.


It was a super fun Halloween and a beautiful night for trick-or-treating.

Happy Halloween, 2012!

Spooky Songs

If you’ve known me or read my blog for any length of time, you’d know that I love playlists. LOVE them, can’t get enough. Sometimes, when I’m by myself, I’ll just create a playlist. I think of them in the shower, while listening to music. I find it challenging and fun.

I have tons of them. Currently, I have 38 of them in my iPhone. I have probably 15-20 more in my iTunes that I don’t use regularly. I’m obsessed.

Is it any wonder, then, that I have a Halloween playlist?

I do. But it is very recent. I didn’t consider, until this year, that I should HAVE a Halloween Playlist, so I made one a few days ago.

Following is the list of songs that make up my Halloween playlist. However, this is only comprised of songs I already had in my music list, I did not buy any songs, no matter how tempting, for the playlist. Also, I am not linking to anything, so if you don’t know a song and you’re curious, YouTube, baby.

Halloween Playlist:

(alphabetical order by song title – followed by artist)

Bad Company- Bad Company

Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival

Creep – Radiohead

Devil Town – Tony Lucca

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Fire of Unknown Origin – Blue Oyster Cult

Friend of the Devil – Counting Crows

God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash

I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

I Wanna Do Bad Things With You – Jace Everett

I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

Invisible City – The Wallflowers

Lie in Our Graves – Dave Matthews Band

Lightning Strikes – Lou Christie

Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney

Mad World – Gary Jules

Moondance – Van Morrison

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Renegade – Styx

Road to Nowhere – Ozzie Osbourne

Scarecrow – Montgomery Gentry

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Spooky – Classics IV

Sugar Sugar – The Archies

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

That Old Black Magic – Louis Prima

Time of the Season – The Zombies

Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn

30 Songs, it’s pretty extensive. I love it, it’s such a great mix of music.

Here’s a list of songs I would have included if I had already owned them:

(in no particular order, just as I thought of them)

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Love Potion #9 – The Searchers

Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Ghostbusters Theme – Ray Parker, Jr.

Zombie – Cranberries

Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels (How do I not have this song? Oversight.)

Midnight in Montgomery – Alan Jackson

Howlin’ for You – Black Keys

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach

A note about the last song. Yes, it’s classical music, but it’s probably the most recognizable “spooky” music in the world. Honestly, I linked to a YouTube vid for that song only. Go listen to it, I dare you. I promise, you will have heard it before and you’ll go, “oh yeah, perfect Halloween song”.

There you go, my list and my suggestions of great Halloween music. In case you need some for your next Halloween party…be sure to invite me!

Happy Halloween (again).