Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pickled Eyeballs and Other Delights

It's November! I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. I've been too busy to think up a new blog post, so I figured I'd put up some pictures of the festivities.

We gathered a large group of trick-or-treaters together, including my brother-in-law from Mexico and his girlfriend, who'd never experienced this ritual. They arrived all decked out and ready to go, and only got a little discouraged when one Halloween Scrooge told them the candy was "just for the kids." We conviced them to jump right back in.

As for my kids' costumes, I noticed a couple of repeat themes this year. Here's a picture of them from last year, as The Joker and Amy Winehouse:

My son decided to stick to the Batman villain thing. This year he was Two-Face. We went with more of a Tommy Lee Jones inspired look, rather than the more recent burn victim Harvey Dent:

The boy has a wild side. I could've gone crazy with the make-up, but do you know how hard it is to get a 12 year old boy to sit still for hair and make-up? Overall when there's a neighborhood overflowing with candy just waiting for him?

For my daughter, however, it's all about the hair and make-up. I think she settled on Cleopatra because it's the only costume that requires EVEN MORE eye make-up than Amy Winehouse.

Here she is, the Queen of the Nile. Or in this case, the queen of the eyeliner.

While I was searching through the craft box for something for Cleopatra's necklace, I found a pack of undecorated plastic masks. They saved my husband and I from being totally costumeless:

What's black and white and ready to be dragged all over?

Here's a picture of the happy trick-or-treating couple from Mexico:

Under that archway, this looks like some bizarre alternative wedding.

We're now the proud owners of that giant double axe prop. For some reason my brother-in-law thinks it wouldn't go over well with airport security. And speaking of props, I have to give my son credit with coming up with this lovely decoration:

Pickled eyeballs.

That's it. On with November. And for those of you participating in NaNoWriMo this month, good luck!


Kelly said...

Halloween pictures are so fun! Loved your kids costumes (and your funny comments!) Did you sew his suit for him? How fun! Loved your masks and your guests' costumes too!

MG Higgins said...

You guys look great! Love the paint on your son's suit. Very Jackson Pollack.

PJ Hoover said...

I love your costumes! They are fantastic!

Keri Mikulski said...

Great pics!! Looks like fun! ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Your kids look fantastic--I admire the make up job. I NEVER get my kids to look that good!

ICQB said...

What a delightful Cleopatra, and creative Two-face!

And I love the black and white idea. I was running around my yard dressed only in some long johns overlain with sheer, ghostly material and nearly froze to death.

One word for the archway - spooky!!

Happy November!

Nora MacFarlane said...


Stacy Nyikos said...

OMG LOVE the pumpkins. My daughters carved ours for the first time this year. I was amazed at the talent they brought to the table. Kids have so many cool ideas floating in their heads!

LW said...

Fantastic costumes.
I am going to make a note about those pickled eyeballs…
My 7-year-old grandson would love those.
They would give me some major grandma points.


adrienne said...

Kelly - I'm afraid a jacket is way beyond my sewing capabilities. But it sure was fun altering it with the paintbrush.:D

MG - It does look a little like Pollack. I'm tempted to go after some of my clothes now - I kind of like that look!

PJ - Thanks! I lucked out this time and found the main pieces at the thrift store for almost nothing. :)

Keri - I think for the amount of fun it is, Halloween is amazingly low stress.

Green Girl - I love playing with the make-up. Every year I wonder why I don't start earlier.

ICQB - Your comment makes me wonder if skimpy costumes are less popular in colder areas. We went to dinner downtown the night before Halloween - of course there were already costumed events going on, and not really the type you want your kids to see!

Nora - Thanks! If I had your patience for sewing I could really go all out. :)

Stacy - It's great when the kids take over the carving! They come up with the best designs. So many people in our neighborhood used the same store bought patterns.

LW - What boy doesn't like delightfully gross stuff? I see a fun party theme...

Lilfix said...

Great pics! The costumes are the most fun...but the candy is what Halloween is all about...grin..

Anne Spollen said...

Great pix, as usual -- your daughter is great as Amy Winehouse - almost scary great.

Love the masks.

Ocean Girl said...

Oh I so love this. First to see adrienne's family, and second, third, forth to see adrienne's artwork on her family.

Happy November. Happy to meet you adrienne :)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love this post! Great costumes--it's a treat to see your crew!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks for sharing pictures--everyone looks great! I can't believe I forgot to take any AGAIN this year...

Debbie said...

I loved your photos! Your daughter was a beautiful Cleopatra. Frankly, I was very relieved she wasn't Amy Winehouse - although I do love all things Amy:)

Rena said...

Great photos! :)

adrienne said...

Brenda - The scariest thing about Halloween is the amount of candy we have in the house!

Anne - I think that Amy costume might have scared a few parents.

Ocean Girl - You are too kind! :)
I'm a little reserved when it comes to posting pictures - but the costumes are so much fun.

Becky - They are more inclined to let me post their alter egos... :)

Ara - Sometimes it's better to just enjoy the occasion and not worry about the camera.

Debbie - Yes, poor Amy. On the up side, I hear her new addiction is exercise. :)

Rena - Thanks!

sruble said...

It looks like a fun Halloween; thanks for sharing your pictures!