I love any good reason to dress up in a costume. This time of year is certainly the best time to do that.
I will interject here that I really loathe “plus-size” costumes. I’ve never found any that fit very well or they have to be altered quite a bit which sometimes changes the whole look. One exception is Hips and Curves.
What I find amazing about a costume is that when you explore with different ones, it seems like a different part of your personality gets to take front and center stage for a moment. A part that might otherwise get completely ignored.
The Dane and I usually have an annual Halloween party. Through the years, we’ve saved up odds and ends from previous costumes, so that now, we have a “trunk” that we keep everything in. When our guests come, they don’t necessarily have to come in costume. When they get here, they picked through the trunk and try on several things. It makes for some very wacky costumes, like our grand-daughter’s (also known as The Diva) mix of Moana and a rabbit mask, making her the Moana Rabbit. For a while, she hopped and skipped around the yard and the moment was priceless.
Our youngest daughter is quite handy with makeup, so she was able to complete a few other looks for our guests. A few times, I was surprised at how well she was able to pull things all together.
This year, we added a pinata for the kiddos. I was sort of astonished that we hadn’t actually thought to do this before. In fact, it dawned on me that I’ve actually never had any experience what-so-ever with a pinata and wasn’t exactly sure if there were rules. Luckily, our oldest grandson quickly filled us in. I don’t know how many times the stick went through the group before the pinata finally fell to the ground which busted it open. What really made it special was that I noticed the bigger kids making sure that the candy was divided so that all the kids got about the same amount.
But the thing that really made my heart soar was that everyone seemed to have a good time and aside from the one incident with some mean fire ants, there was absolutely no drama. And the cherry on top? When the first guest had to leave (for another party for her son), it didn’t open the door for the rest of the guests to make a mad dash to leave as well. Everyone just seemed so relaxed and truly enjoying the company of everyone else.
By the end of the night, we still had most of our guests laughing and talking around the fire pit. It wasn’t until we all felt the first drop of rain that more guests started making their round of goodbyes.
After it was over, I had a smile on my face and a trove of cherished memories filled with laughter. It just doesn’t get much better than that. I wish the same for all of you!
Be safe out there and Happy Halloween!