Halloween 2006 was my favorite costume year yet. Rob was Willy Wonka and M and I were Oompa Loompas. M refused to wear her green wig (who could blame her?), but she still looked like an oompa loompa to us. Rob must have spent 2-3 hours whittling down that closet doweling for his cane and probably applied a dozen coats of wax to his cane. We take this Halloween business very seriously! Rob's jacket and vest were from a McCall's pattern, his bow tie and hat were from altered pattern pieces. The oompa loompa outfits were from some sketches I made while staring at the movie on pause for an hour or so. The stripes on the collars, cuffs and stockings were painted and the balls on the shoes were styrofoam balls with knee-high stockings wrapped around them and painted. This was pretty time consuming but we had so much fun wearing the costumes and having people laugh at us.
Our battalion had a "Trunk-or-Treat" last Saturday (Oct. 27th). Even though M went trick-or-treating last year with her Daddy, it still seemed new to her. She got the hang of the whole notion of trick-or-treating very quickly. She couldn't believe haw magical those words could be in obtaining candy. She even tried trick-or-treating in the kitchen while mommy was making dinner. I spoiled her fun and wouldn't let her spoil her dinner.