I made this picture from scratch.
On Halloween eve, Patrick decided to abandon his UPS man costume and go as Spider Man instead. Five stores later, we procured The Last Spidey Suit in All of Nashville (size 8) and matching mask. But when it was time to go trick-or-treat--the mask was gone. Larry and I ransacked the house, cursing parenthood and all American holidays, while Patrick kept saying, "Let's just go. It's okay. I don't need it." Only after we arrived at the party did he confess to hiding the mask behind the refrigerator because it was too scary.
Gus, on the other hand, wanted to be as scary as possible. For the first time in his life, he requested full hair and makeup.
Despite the faultering economy and greater-than-usual number of darkened doors, the kids managed to take home a pretty good haul.
It's the great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Amanda O'Brien is the author and sole proprietress of Blabbermouse, a blog she launched in February of 2005.