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Halloween 2011

All Hallows eve started on a shaky note. Z was running late from work and I was still applying finishing touches to Matei's mask* at 5pm. Helena did a forward roll off the bed managing to bang herself in the head, and then faceplanted the edge of the stairs. Meanwhile Matei became so distraught by the fact that people were coming to our door and we were giving away our candy that he had to lie down in the corridor and weep for a while; predictably the explanation that we would be acquiring our own candy from other people failed to soothe him because his expectations are permanently preset to DOOM, DOOM AND CATASTROPHE.

However, a promise of chocolate coins managed to rouse him from his coma of grief AND get him to sit still for photographs. Considering his mercenary instincts, in a few years he will no doubt be driving up his price.

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Respectively: Red Riding Hood, Grandma, The Woodcutter and The Wolf.

oh what fleecey trousers you have

His mood brightened significantly once he realised we hadn't lied about the candy. Her enthusiasm for life was gobbled by overtiredness, but at least she is a stoic child.

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Despite the children's powerful desire to assist with the carving, I'm still pleased with how these turned out:

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*The mask I constructed out of love and patience, tape and paper plates; I'm happy to post a tutorial if anyone is interested.

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chiller
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wonderful costumes and wonderful pumpkin carving!
rainsinger
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I found the red coat on sale and basically made me whole family justify it by dressing with the theme.
chiller
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's what I like to see: lead from the front!

I must call you this weekend - I noticed I had missed a call from you a couple of days ago and keep forgetting to call back, and I'm out for the next couple of days, I think.
land_girl
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
You so win at Halloween! Fantastic.
rainsinger
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was delighted to get away with not buying any costumes.

(My coat doesn't count, because I've been wearing it every day to justify the £30 I spent on it; It was marked down from £150 - the shop was practically embroidering my name on it).
victoriacantons
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)

What a fantastic set of photos. And they're growing so much!!! Cool pumpkins too :-) xx

rainsinger
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
lewlsreba
Nov. 3rd, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
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yiskah
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
This comment took the words right out of my mouth! CORRECT BLOG, rainsinger.

I love the fact that you are dealing with Matei's wolf phobia through costume. BECOME THE THING YOU FEAR!
rainsinger
Nov. 3rd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your incipient comment, yiskah! The wolf costume was a big hit for him I have to say. Next year I may dress myself as Unopened Mail.
jadedlibertine
Nov. 3rd, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Fantastic costumes (how did Matei feel about being dressed as something he is afraid of?) and a lovely coat. We don't do Halloween at the moment but I'm very pro small children in fancy dress so it may have to change!
rainsinger
Nov. 3rd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Matei loved being the wolf! It was his idea and he really took to it. Although when I pretnded to be scared he reassured that he wasn't a real wolf really. Only Matei.
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