I didn't plan for Halloween this year. Usually I try to nudge the kids towards costumes that I think I can make, or something that reflects a current interest, and generally I try to have their choices complement each other. I'm always thinking of the photos! This year, I just didn't have it in me. Maybe on some level I hoped they would find the motivation to do it themselves. They didn't, really, and then Halloween was upon us and I don't respond well to a time crunch. I talked Theo into Harry Potter, thinking that next year he'd be too old and I knew I could buy a costume. I'm generally not into the purchased costume thing, but I thought he looked really cute and I was perfectly happy with the way it all turned out.
For her costume, Franny decided to be Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. She knew nobody would know who she was and she was fine with that. I was thinking this might be her last year of trick-or-treating and I really did want her to 'own' her costume. I thought she did a pretty good job given the last minute situation. I particularly thought the carded wool for a wig was brilliant!
It was kind of a slow night and we got a bit of a late start, as usual. The kids did most of our street on their own. We joined them to go farther afield but they didn't even want to go very far. As a result, they recieved much less candy than usual, which was fine with me!!