Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween and Dead Silence

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
My extended family!

Just when you think the kids have decided that dressing up wasn't for them,
they turn around and change their minds and get all decked out for Halloween.

This is my favorite group picture from all our years of trick or treating. 

Only the two younger ones actually went door to door, 
but I was thrilled that all of them dressed up in some way.
Even if Grant recycled last years costume.
For Kevin, that meant putting on a Superman t-shirt, but we were all impressed with even that small effort.

We sat out on the porch and watched 219! little ghouls and goblins come to the door.
Vampires, Zombies, Ninjas and Pirates were the popular costumes.

Some were more unique.

There was a Brutal Mugger, a Zombie that only eats noses, and Little Red Undead.
There were cute gnomes, furry lions, fairies galore, disney princesses, 
two Taylor Swifts and one Hannah Montana.

My favorite (other than my own Mary Poppins) was the little baby in the UPS uniform.
Too cute!

Quincy's witch costume was a last minute throw together, but it turned out well.
However, don't ask her to cackle... 
she is entirely incapable of sounding remotely scary. :)

Adding the carpet bag to the Mary Poppin's costume was the perfect finishing touch.

On to the second half of this post....

True silence is difficult to come across.
Even that which we perceive as silence has noise,
the hum of a refrigerator, the click of the heater coming on,
the tv turned down low,
birds outside, the rumble of traffic.
We think it's quiet in comparison to the chaos that surrounds us, but silent?  Not so much.

 However, there is something about a cemetery, even in broad daylight that implies silence. 


Leslie said...

i really love the outtake shots!!! those are funny. like what were they all looking at up and to the right?

Brooke G. said...

I love the photos of your cooky clan! Looks like they had a blast :D And too old to dress up???? NEVA!

Alita said...

I say that you are never too old to dress up, too. I loved those pictures! And the carpet bag did complete the outfit.

Perfect jack-o-latern shot by the way!

And Miles To Go... said...

what great photos you shot. Love the witch costume!

Jen said...

Awesome, your family has great taste in costumes!

Susan said...

Oh what fun! I love all of the costumes! Very creative.

I thought about doing a cemetery for silence as well. But I didn’t get by one, and almost ran out of time. Great shots!

Adeena said...

Love all the costumes! :D Mary Poppins is very cool.

I like walking through cemeteries... especially old ones. There's some cool headstones!

Laura said...

I love love love the mary poppins costume! I'm gonna have to steal that one year. :)

CJ said...

Love all the different costumes :) And Mary Poppins really turned out great!

Aging Mommy said...

I love those photos of your Halloween costumed clan but my favorite is Mary Poppins, that is a great costume and definitely the carpet bag added the finishing touch.

You are right, silence, true silence, is hard to find but a graveyard encourages that.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the Mary Poppins! Great "silence" idea.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great costumes and captures.

Brown Family Blog said...

love it. I was just thinking this year, I wonder how long my kids will want to do this? JoJo was pretty cut trick or treating. She quickly got the hang of it and had no fear going up to people to get candy and wanted no help.

puna said...

I love that hot dog! Such a cute family!

MaryMary said...

Funny--and I love Mary Poppins! Awesome!

I'm especially impressed that a teenager was willing to put on a full hot dog costume.

Melissa said...

Great family pics for Halloween and I thought your take on silence was unique. Great capture.

Carrie said...

I LOVE the Mary Poppins outfit! Well done!! Looks like lots of fun was had by all!

Ashley Sisk said...

The outtakes are hilarious. I wish I could be Mary Poppins. I might have to save that one!

T.J. said...

what fun fun fun and 200 plus visitors??!! Sooooo different from Vermont ;) They all look fabulous and what I want to know is- did she collect the candy in the carpet bag? Spot on!

Julie said...

I LOVE the Mary Poppins costume! Great pics. Looks like you all had fun!

Jen said...

I always wanna be a witch! ha!

lisaschaos said...

What a great crew! I'm surprised they didn't all walk with the younger two anyway. We had some big kids come to our door - we just made them do tricks for the treats, lol.