Halloween has certainly changed for me over the years. I was never a huge fan of thinking up complicated costumes and elaborately decorating my house (I’m just not that creative), but when my kids were little, we made sure that Halloween was a very exciting time. We always carved the pumpkin as a family, and I had a storage container full of simple decorations that the kids loved to put up every year a few days before the big night. We always had a skeleton hanging outside from the porch and scary music playing in the front hall. Each year either Mike or I would take the kids out trick or treating while the other stayed home to hand out the candy (and eat a good portion of it :)). Now our kids are grown, and I find that I am really not that into Halloween anymore. We didn’t even carve a pumpkin this year. Instead, we just put a collection of home-grown pumpkins on our porch and promised them to our next door neighbour after tonight for baking pumpkin pies.
My friend, Marcy, on the other hand, is a Halloween freak :). I was at her house last weekend, and I couldn’t believe the amount of decorations she had, inside and out. She has more Halloween decorations than most people have Christmas decorations. And when it comes to costumes, this family is out of this world with creativity. Marcy’s parents live with them, and her mother is a wizard with a sewing machine. Every year she creates elaborate costumes for everyone in the family, and this year she outdid herself. Marcy wore her costume to work today, and I just had to share some photos with you (we were supposed to be working though, so I had to be quick and reverted to “auto” mode). Her costume is considered steampunk, which is defined by http://www.divinecaroline.com as “a loose term used to describe an extraordinary fashion trend. By remixing styles from the Victorian era, classic Goth, gypsy, and industrial fetish, steampunk fashion creates a unique and beautifully disturbing look.” It arose from the sub-genre of science fiction by the same name. Marcy’s mom sewed every piece of this costume, including the cute little hat. I was totally in awe! What do you think?