Also, I need to write this so that I will get on costume planning for the year because it takes months to assemble it all. MONTHS.
We start planning a year in advance.
And no, I'm not kidding.
I have had children for 12 years, and for half that time, I have done themed group costumes with the kids. It started out innocent enough, dressing just the girls alike for a few years, first as dueling Tinkerbelles, then witches, then bees. I laughed when people finally got the play on our last name, which is pronounced "da-bee".
The boys were forced to play along in 2008 for the first time, as cowboys and cowgirls.
Then I got serious.
2009 will go down as the year the crazy began. The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favorite movies, and the kids love it too. I mentioned something about how it might be fun to dress like the characters for Halloween one night, and our fate was sealed.
|The Scarecrow, Dorothy and Toto, The Tin Man, The Cowardly|
Lion and a Flying Monkey.
The Wicked Witch took the picture.
I the kids decided they wanted to be characters from Toy Story. My oldest had a deep love affair with Buzz Lightyear, so that was a no-brainer. Little boy was a LGM (little green man) because he was still tiny and it was adorable. Freckles wanted to be Little Bo Peep. Mini-me wanted very specifically to be the version of Barbie that wears the teal leotard. It was the first year that I roped my mother-in-law into helping assemble the costumes too. Trust me when I say that you will find some very interesting things if you search for leotards online.
|Buzz, Barbie, LGM, Little Bo Peep|
|Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum|
|The Queen's cast|
|The White Rabbit, Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts|
|Superman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Catwoman, Batman and Batgirl|
It's to the point now where we have a reputation to uphold. No one is told of our costume plans before we reveal them at the school party the Friday night before Halloween. It seems like every year we step up our game even more, and every year I think we'll never top this theme.
At Comic Con this year, most of our family dressed up again.
|My Clark Kent and tiny Batman|
|He made this one himself.|
|Wonder Woman and Supergirl|
There may even be some steampunk crossover, possibly even a corset. ;)