Walking down the dimly lit streets pushing Noah the Cold Monster, I caught myself smiling wide at my little Rapunzel flying door to door along side of her newest friends. Joy filled me to the brim as we spent our first Halloween in Indiana. It was so much colder than what we were used to, making us think a little more about which costumes we'd be putting our babies in. Had it been the night before, on Halloween night, we would've been miserable. But thank goodness our town had the foresight to move Trick or Treating to the following night as we had miserable wind and rain that never stopped.
That afternoon, I dropped off ingredients for chili and my sweet babies off at Selena's house while I went to do a photo shoot. When I got back, I was greeted by both of our families buzzing with excitement as they finished their last bites of dinner. We got all five of our kiddos in their costumes, making sure that hands were gloved and there were layers to keep warm. We then headed back out with enough twilight left to take a few photos.
Rapunzel and our little Monster. I looooooove (yes, that gets lots of o's) that there are fall leaves in this photo. Halloween feels a little more right with leaves and a chill in the air.
Our plan was to have Maya as Rapunzel (her request) and Noah as Pascal (also her request). I loved the idea and loved that we were able to come up with it together this year, the first year she's really had an opinion about what she was.
We found her Rapunzel costume easily (we had to pin it to make it fit), but only found a couple of Pascal costumes on Etsy and they were far too expensive for our budget (about $20-$30 per kiddo). Then I found a tutorial on how to make one and I went for it. Well almost. I couldn't find the green hooded footie pajamas, but found a plain, kelly green zip up hoodie and sweatpants from Kohls that I ordered. I waited until two nights before Halloween to go get the rest of the supplies..which was apparently too late. There must have been a ton of costumes that needed green fleece because it was out everywhere. My last stop was Walmart where I was determined to hunt down a costume, and of course, they had NOTHING in Noah's size. I made my way to the kids section where I finally decided to make a costume out of the cute little hats they had. After calculating the cost of his hat, hoodie, black and grey striped shirt, orange gloves, black pants AND shoes, it was the same cost as Maya's costume (we already owned the puffy vest). I asked Derrick what he thought and we both agreed that a costume that would keep Noah warm as well as work as an outfit he could wear throughout the fall was a win-win for us. Although I miss him being Maya's Pascal, I was still really happy with what we ended up with.
I have no idea what she was really doing here, but doesn't it look like she might take Noah out with her frying pan? I should've dressed Noah up as Flynn Ryder instead!!!
Our Princess Rapunzel. Love her.
Her crown had that little Rapunzel button on it, but I decided I liked it a lot better without it. I almost took it off of the dress too, but decided to keep it on because she always looks at it.
I had practiced her hair the day before and it was amazing!!! I left some of the braided pieces in over night and redid it the next morning before school. By the end of the day, it was a little haphazard, but still cute. I kind of wish I would've bought some little tiny flowers to stick in there, but I was already over budget (the pan was from a set of pots and pans I got that I'll be giving the kids for Christmas. I mean, ahem, that Santa will be giving them for Christmas).
Love this kid.
Merek as Captain America. Maya has been borderline obsessed with him when she's with the Helvey's. She loves doing every thing that her big guy does (her affection name for him).
And the sweetest little Care Bears ever. Selena made these costumes for these cuties and I love them!!! Ava is Share Bear and Sophia is Cheer Bear.
These four were pros! They hit each house like they'd been doing this for years!!! If the little girls could've reached the doorbells, they wouldn't've needed us at all!
Noah's first time trick or treating. And his only time :). He didn't care about it at all!!! :)
Our attempt at a family photo :).
This thing scared the bejeezus out of me. The kids thought it was hilarious.
Then back to Selena's for some late night hot chocolate!
Maya's response when I asked her how she liked Halloween!
Somehow this guy still had energy after it all!