I love fall and I think it’s probably part of what makes Halloween my favorite holiday of the year. I love seeing kids in costumes trick-or-treating; houses decorated with spooky lights and other decorations. Trees whose leaves have changed or shed all together. I was lucky to have one of those neighborhoods where all the kids were around the same age and all the families made the holiday spooktacular. I’d get dressed up in one costume and go around the entire subdivision, come home, get another costume on and go out again. When I was young the costumes were store bought, but as I got older and was able to start figuring things out, I started making my own costumes, and it’s been that way ever since. While the actual making time may vary, my planning time is long and well thought out. I usually start thinking about costumes in the summer, I try to find inspiration and by August I know what I’m going to do. I do think every year tends to out do the last. And this years… well, hopefully our daughter appreciates the thought.
I’m not a fan of store bought costumes. I feel like it’s a copout and pretty un-imaginative. I realize that creating an original costume can cost just as much, it’s not the cost, it’s the thought for me. Halloween is the one time of the year where everyone, but especially adults are encouraged to unleash their creativity.
My hope is that we’ll be able to instill such creativity into our daughter. As such, I had to start her off early. I couldn’t do the stereotypical Pregnant Nun or Pumpkin Halloween costume, no, I had to find something really original for our little bot’s first Halloween. And so, I give you… Darth Vader and The Death Star! Yeah, I know, I did buy the Darth Vader mask, but I thought doing that rather than me going in a ninja mask and just having her as the Death Star would be better.