The holiday season is upon us! The Crime Fighting Team kicked things into gear with a few Halloween celebrations.
Tyson and I aren’t big on the whole overly scary/sexy costume thing. We feel that adults have sort of hi-jacked a kid’s holiday, and turned it into something increasingly mature. Not cool, man. So, we keep things pretty kid-friendly, emphasizing silly and creative and home-made.
I made cut out black paper bats and we hung them on our house. They folded up a bit because of the weather changes, but still swooped and swirled and looked like bats.
And we had a pumpkin carving night with a few friends. We set up the fire pit and some tables in the front yard, popped some popcorn, and found a goofy Halloween station on Pandora and went to it.
After carving, we ate and chatted and danced to dorky songs. Sweet and simple.
Every year, our friends the Murphys have a big costume party. And folks go all out. I wish I had photos of THEIR costumes over the years – the year they dressed up as Trinity and Neo from The Matrix may be my favorite, although they also look great as Buddy and Jovi Elf.
The first year of us dating, Tyson and I went as Lord Elgin and the Karyatid he stole/rescued from the Acropolis.
And seriously, the man can rock a powdered wig.
No. Seriously. I have video somewhere of him and Dan growling/screaming out “Du Hast” in the wee smas after a few brews.
The first year we were married, we missed the party, so we wore our pirate garb the next year instead.
Those are real swords. And at home Tyson even tucked in a Pepperbox Pistol into his belt for effect, but took it out for the party.
This year, we were finding it hard to come up with something. We were busy planning a few big events and didn’t have much time or money to go nuts on Halloween. Pretty much we just had stuff around the house. (Thankfully for us, that stuff includes afro wigs.) Ty came up with a great idea and I brought it to life. Uno!
We had a blast in our outfits and won best costume for the first time. Woohoo!
We donned our outfits on Halloween night to attend a block party and then hand out candy. Adults sometimes struggled to identify us, but kids knew right away and would yell out UNO! when they saw us.
The cutest trick-or-treater of the night, a little 3 year old Supergirl, just couldn’t get over our afros. “Those are your hairs?? Those are your hairs???” When I told her they were wigs, she laughed and grinned like that was the funniest thing ever, and told her sister, “They wearing wiiiiiigs!!!”
She got extra candy.
All in all, a fun beginning to the holiday season. There’s lots to do and lots to celebrate. And we are thankful. I read this quote the other day, and I hope this idea permeates the holiday season at The Pink House:
It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season–like all the other seasons–is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them. ~ Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal.