Maybe you’re not panicking, but I am. I have a child, and that child deserves a parent who makes an effort on one of the funnest holidays of the year. So really, I’m saying "I promise you’ll make it" to my reflection in the mirror, rather than to you, dear readers.
But panic and shame before your children are great motivators, so I made a few decisions around what will yield us the most offspring appreciation for our Halloween efforts:
1. Our Costumes
Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley in The Duchess (2008)
My husband and I once sat beside a couple at a party who told us of how they dressed up as King and Queen for their little girl’s princess-themed birthday party and greeted their arriving guests in full regalia, to delightful squeals. My husband and I exchanged looks that confirmed we both thought they were bragging, but readily tucked the idea in our back pockets just the same. Our little gal is very much Princess-inclined, so I think we’ll steal their idea and blow her mind by renting us something big, satiny and velvety, circa 18th century. Malabar costume shop, Toronto.
2. The Kid’s Costume
HomeSense Princess costume, $29.99; homemade Hermione Granger by Leyla Boyd Stein
The heavens know I try…but it’s all in vain. This year, like the two years prior, my gal will be rocking the Princess. There was vague talk of princess-ballerina earlier on, but as Halloween approaches, that got quashed in favour of the purist vision. I wish she would be open to something different like Hermione from Harry Potter (how cute is this costume btw?) but alas, I shall let her be what she wants to be. I’m thinking of buying her the above costume from HomeSense (I feel bad making her wear one of the princess dresses she’s been spilling pasta all over for the past two years. We buy new outfits for parties, don’t we?)
3. The Party
Ok, more like a party of two. I’m inviting one of her favourite gal pals for a little pre-trick-or-treat hurrah. I will also be adding this totally easy and mess-free pumpkin decorating activity, thanks to Mr. Potato Head’s idea factory. Available at WalMart and other retailers across the country.
4. Outdoor Decorating
This is the part that stresses me out the most. I’ll see what I have time and strength for, but I know for sure that I’ll be looking for budget saving and last minute decorating ideas to help me out. I’m thinking I might only have strength enough to change the porch light to a red bulb, but who knows? Maybe I’ll go crazy and string up some bat cutouts and paste spooky shapes in the windows…
Have you started yet? What are you planning? Share!