Tuesday, October 27, 2009

dead reckoning

dead reckoning
Reading an interesting and thoughtful end-of-October post by the always interesting and thoughtful Sprogblogger and what I thought was this:

One of my kids is too old to dress up for Halloween and the other is too young. But the twins? They're going to be ghosts.



What are you or your children planning to be for Halloween?

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was it wrong that I thought that was really funny?

-e

Magpie said...

Gut punch. Last night I had a pelvic u/s - before she started, the tech asked about pelvic surgeries and pregnancies. It's unsettling to have to say that I had two pregnancies - the one seems so unreal.

But to your question? A black cat in a (mostly) homemade costume.

Anonymous said...

I haven't decided on my costume yet. Either Octomom (eight baby dolls attached to the front of a maternity dress) or Lady Godiva (carrying a hobby horse and wearing a long blonde wig. Just a long blonde wig)

My son wants to be Balloon Boy (regular clothes, but carrying a silver helium balloon).

Sammie said...

Nathan wants to be a vampire this year!

Angela said...

My 11yo is going to be a fortune teller. My 7yo wanted to be Medusa, but they sold out of the headpiece (making the rest of the costume kind of moot). She settled for Cleopatra.

niobe said...

Angela: Medusa is an *awesome* idea for a costume. Maybe next year...

Furrow said...

Zo has a black cat costume and a fairy costume. Each were given to her by a grandmother, both of whom will be around on Halloween, so she'll probably wear each for a while. It's better than last year, when she had 5 costumes from family members. We went to a party on Saturday. I was a witch and she was my familiar (black cat, of course).

I'm glad you don't see the point in dressing up a 9 month old.

Melissa said...

My daughter is still too young for Halloween.

I will not be one of those parents that carries a treat bag for their oblivious child. I don't even bother to dress her up, because she really doesn't know any better.

She's really too shy, anyway. Maybe next year.

I'll be glad when she is old enough because I love Halloween.

leanne said...

Haunting image and words.

My son is going as Optimus Prime (one of the Transformers) and my daughter will be dressed as a cow.

painted maypole said...

a pink poodle. I'm supposed to be making the costume right now.

areyoukiddingme said...

I asked my daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween and she said "Pumpkinhead." Since she's 3, I assumed that it was just nonsense. Her birthday was on the 10th, and she got a bunch of gifts that she wouldn't be able to use. So I returned them and bought her a really cute monkey costume, because she likes to make monkey sounds. I brought it home and she refused to try it on and said she wanted to be a pumpkinhead. So I took back the monkey, and got a pumpkin costume. That met with her approval for a week and a half. The other day, she said she wanted to be a monkey*. If she keeps it up, she will be going as an undertaker and carting mommy's corpse around, because she's killing me!

*My actual response was "Too bad. You're going to be a pumpkin." I'm one of those really compassionate moms, who does anything to make her child happy.

Julia said...

Hey, you just called them your children. :) I know, I know... consistency can take a hike.

Monkey wants to be a black cat. A partially recycled costume, put together in a way that I think will be rather good. I couldn't keep myself from buying the Cub the costume of ... wait for it... the Cub (DUH)-- a lion, really, but you know. He's not going to be going up the houses to extort, and he is not sharing in Monkey's bounty. But I had to buy the costume. Rationalized by saying it will still fit him Purim time. :)

I think A too will be a ghost. The place we usually trick or treat is heavy with the memories of the one he spent in my belly.

Aunt Becky said...

Mimi will be a flower, Alex is going to be a chicken (or a hedgehog)(or nothing) and Ben is going to be a ninja.

angie said...

Beatrice is going to be a kitty cat monster, and I am going to be a witch, so basically nothing, but a hat.

Tash said...

That's actually . . . . funny.

Bella's going to be Dorothy. My mom gave her the WizofOz book for her birthday, and she loved it, and then I intro'd her to the whole series and we're about 4-5 books in now and she still loves it and has finally seen the movie. I was relieved because this is a costume I can still buy as opposed to something that i need to make. Phew.

niobe said...

@e @Tash: Just think of it as one of my attempts to justify the name of the blog.

erica said...

If I can convince my better half to walk around saying "Ni!" I think I'll be a shrubbery.

after iris said...

Ava is going as Rorschach from Watchmen, because my husband, in his wisdom, thinks morally ambiguous graphic novels are appropriate bedtime story material for 3-year-olds. She is adamant that nothing else will do. I'm looking forward to all the bemused expressions we'll attract on the 31st...

Anonymous said...

Ah, the costumes. I forgot. The oldest and middle will each be Spiderman and the youngest will be Mickey Mouse. As someone gave us the costume.

And the missing one will be a ghost. She usually shows up in photos so we will see if there is a tiny orb in the kids' Halloween pictures.

-e

Kristin said...

Joey is going to be a reaper of sorts. We have an old dementor costume and I've got the Halloween make-up to do his face like a skull.

Gabe is going to be a superhero of his own creation, Volcano Man.

Marty is going to dress up like a vampire to hand out our candy.

Anonymous said...

Since mine is now walking, he will go begging for candy as a man-bear-pig.

-Shamela

Click.It.

Sue said...

Apparently someone in my husband's department (social psychology) is having a party Saturday night. I don't know what he will dress as, but I've been told that all I need to do is show up with a name tag that says "p < .05" (this is the scientific notation of a significant result in statistics). I will attend as his "significant other." Yes, we are HUGE nerds.

Our boys? Ghosts, too, I guess.

Christine said...

i will have one little witch and one little zombie.

(and they are never too young to dress up!)

Kymberli said...

The older four are all going to be a variety of ninjas, to include Kyra for whom we found a rather kick-ass "ninja princess" costume. Kaelyn has chosen to be a "typical" princess.

Jackie said...

when my son was too little for halloween, I used to dress him up and go door to door handing OUT candy (usually home made candy apples) to the kids in the neighbourhood. Oh and grandpa too of course!

Lindsay said...

I have the same question as e up there. Good one Niobe.
My daughter has been a fairy for four years in a row. I have always let her decide since she has been old enough to do so, and every year she says she wants to be a fairy.
Imagine my suprise when this year she decided she wanted to be a cat. Not a black one, but black and grey striped.
I'm thrilled to not be buying yet another fairy dress and wings. I wasn't so thrilled whilst shopping for the grey and black striped cat costume....

Bluebird said...

You just packed quite a punch in just a few words. Slightly disturbing, rather funny, disturbing that I find it funny. . . and, maybe oddly -- comforting? My children will be ghosts too.

Catherine W said...

Like Bluebird says above, I found myself trying to wince and smile simultaneously as I read this post. Not a pretty look. How did you manage that in so few words?

I suppose that one of my twins will be a ghost too. I don't know about her sister, maybe a pumpkin? I suppose they are both really too young for costumes.

Thinking of all our little ghosts, suddenly I'm not as keen on Halloween as I used to be. xo

Gibson Twins said...

When I asked our kids what they wanted to be for halloween this year, out of their mouths came this:

Girl twin: "beef"
Boy twin: "tatoes"

I think the misconception came in the form of my anunciation (or lack of) and sounded to them like "beef or halloween" and boys are just gullible to follow suit :)

And no they will not be going as a potroast. Husband's ideas were crazy cat lady and hobo but those two were also vetoed. I think we will just pass out candy this year.

Karin said...

A wizard knight. We were in the states for Halloween so he actually got to do the whole trick or treating thing. He was absolutely stunned that complete strangers would dole out heaps of candy.