After 14 years of planning Halloween costumes for and with my children, I am hitting a brick wall. I have no idea what any one of them is going to wear this year, and worse, I feel little motivation to figure that out.
I think it’s a sign that I’m trying to do too much — but I really don’t know which ball I’m supposed to let drop so I’ll keep juggling as long as I can.
Once upon a time, I used to sew for fun. Then, after my children were born, I had to settle for only sewing their Halloween costumes — and I threw myself into it. I made what I thought were somewhat elaborate costumes — meaning, they required an actual pattern (OK, I’m a directions-follower through and through!) and quite a bit of time. Over the years, we had a diva witch, Cleopatra, Glinda the Good Witch, two geishas, the Phantom of the Opera, and a robot (this did not require sewing, but a little research and planning), to name a few. When I did Glinda for my second daughter, my older daughter was Dorothy, and my son was the lion, both in pre-made costumes we snagged at garage sales.
Last year I didn’t sew, but I dyed a dress from Goodwill for my daughter who wanted to be Daphne from Scooby Doo. A little ambitious but nothing I had to sew.
This year, I have very little in the idea department, and I feel guilty because my little guys (ages 5 and 2) are the ages of my older ones when I was really into the whole thing. My 5-year-old son wants to be Luke Skywalker, and there just aren’t patterns commercially available for that. Yes, I could make something up — and I might resort to that — but I’d rather follow someone else’s directions. Frankly, he keeps changing his mind about what he wants to be, so I think I’d best wait until he decides.
However, if you have come up with something adorable for your children to wear for Halloween, you should consider taking them to be photographed by Sherry Brown of Heartstrings Photography. Sherry is a fabulous photographer who takes the Anne Geddes-type photos — like naked newborns in baskets and other adorable stuff — and she is holding her 3rd annual Halloween Charity Event on Oct. 24.
For a $10 donation and a nonperishable food item, Sherry will photograph your children in their Halloween costumes between 10 a.m. and noon at her studio at 60 Public Square, inside the brick building on the corner across from the Medina Public Library in Medina. You get a 5-inch by 7-inch print. Cookies and cider are being donated by The Country Baker and Geig’s Orchard. No appointments are necessary.
I might have to figure out some costumes by the 24th so I can do this. Wonder if the 2-year-old would mind being R2-D2, or better yet, C3PO? We could spray-paint a sweat suit in gold . . . Stay tuned. I might get there yet.