Let me tell you two very real things about me.
- I love Halloween. Like LOOOOOOVE it.
- If I don’t have a photo of it…it didn’t happen.
From as far back as I can remember I’ve loved Halloween. Dressing up and coming up with the perfect costume has always been a favorite pastime of mine. In middle school my girlfriends and I went as the Spice Girls. I was Ginger Spice…nailed it. In high school we went as the three little pigs. And painted our entire bodies in light pink acrylic paint. No way that was safe but it was a killer costume. (Remind me to dig that picture out. So good.) And as the years went on the costumes just kept on coming. When I moved to Chicago I started throwing EPIC Halloween parties which eventually had to stop because my little condo just couldn’t take it anymore. But you get the idea. Halloween has always been my jam. Sadly…over the last few years Halloween sort of got away from me because I didn’t have a reason to dress up. We lived in a condo…no trick or treaters. Going out on Halloween would have been like hopping from frat party to frat party. So for the last few years I’ve just let it slide. Until now.
I had this AH-HA moment where I realized Halloween was coming and we live 5 minutes from my nieces and could go trick or treating with them and then light bulb moment…GROUP COSTUME! I’ve spent the last month and some change brainwashing Katharine into thinking Princess Peach is SO MUCH COOLER than Elsa. And let me tell you. It was hard work. She would seem on board and then the next day be back on the Elsa train. But once she heard Princess Peach wears earrings she was sold. So the Mario Brothers costume idea was born.
I typically am a ‘make your own costume’ kind of girl. Those are always so much better than store bought. But since I was dealing with six people and didn’t want to drain my life savings we did a little bit of both. I spent days working on Princess Peach’s Mario Cart and my pride and joy…the question mark box. It was a lot of work but I seriously love this stuff. So when yesterday rolled around and it all came together I was giddy. We were running a little behind so we had to take our group photo rather quickly and hit the trick or treating circuit. My mom took a million and as we made our way down the street I asked her to send them to me. This is what I got…
Now let’s go back up to point 2. If I don’t have a photo of it…it didn’t happen. I began to sulk because all of my Halloween dreams had just come crashing down. Emmy was probably already in bed so a retake was out of the question. The Mario Cart was falling apart. It was a Halloween disaster. But I must have done something to make the Halloween gods happy because when we got back to the house (after dark) Emmy was still awake and we did a quick retake. The lighting isn’t great. Emmy is only half in costume. And the Mario Cart has at least 2 flat tires. But here it is in all it’s glory. Proof that our costume existed and the comeback of Halloween Lauren.