It all started with some cat masks we bought at an early Christmas craft sale last weekend. Yesterday, I used some fuzzy material (left over from a raven mascot costume Michael once made) to make tails. Today I made paws. Then, obssessed with having the full costumes, I used some ghost/witch robes a work friend gave me to make bodies for our cats.
Next year, I refuse to be sewing costumes on Halloween day. (Or so I say now.) On the bright side, our evening really was fun.
Jade and Halia got their own pumpkin to carve, with a little assistance from Papa. Why yes, that IS a sharp knife sitting next to our almost-two-year-old.
Kitty jazz hands! to celebrate the completion of four kitty paws. Why yes, that IS a Hello Kitty bandaid on Halia's shirt.
Someone has to keep the kids busy while Mama madly sews. (Photo credit: Norris Cheung)
We were surprised to learn that Paddy's Pond is already frozen. And with no snow, it's perfect for ice skating! (Photo credit: Norris Cheung)
Face, whiskers (Jade insisted!), tail, paws, and -- finally -- body, too.
Next up, a party at our friends' house down the street. Complete with bonfire. And very serious-looking ninja cats. Beware, they are stealthy! Even with their secret snow suits on underneath. (Photo credit: Norris Cheung)
I think this is the first time Jade really understood that Halloween was coming and was excited to go trick-or-treating. (Photo credit: Norris Cheung)
Look out, it's a fierce tiger! And while you're at it, just look at those rosy cheeks! It's the first Halloween in years with no snow, but it was still really cold. (Also: chili stains around the mouth.)
We bring the Halloween loot to our neighbours ahead of time. They're all really good about remembering that our girls don't get candy. One neighbour even phoned a week before and told us we didn't have to bring anything, because she'd already got non-candy treats for the girls.
Some Halloween loot! A crazy hat for the dress-up bin and some bath time body paint from a thoughtful neighbour.
Another hat for the dress-up bin. Michael did the shopping this year while I was in Vancouver with the girls. There was a dressing-up theme (appropriate for Halloween, don't you think?) which is a great alternative to junky trinkets that will end up in the garbage. Why yes, that IS a bare foot you see. I don't understand why she actually left a sock on her foot for once.
The house is in chaos with costume bits and Halloween loot everywhere. Michael (and Norris) are heading out of town for 10 days and will be home just in time for Halia’s birthday, before taking off again for the rest of November. Our poor nanny broke her wrist, so I’m not sure how the heck I’m going to make it to work in the next two months.
But, boy, it really was a fun Halloween!