Every Halloween is very busy for us, especially since most of the kids are all in school now...
We usually go trick or treating in Wichita, after I rush home from work, get the kids ready, and rush them up to my husband's workplace where they have their annual office trick or treating where you go from desk to desk and get candy from all of the people that work in the company. It is a fun tradition and something I look forward to every year. Sadly, I don't have many pictures from past Halloweens because we get so busy I didn't take the time to do it. I do have some from my phone, but I would have to search a while to find them all.
The picture above is from last year... Click here to see more of those pictures and the story of my adventure this last year to begin my health journey.
Last year Halloween happened to fall on a weekend... SO I finally took the time to take some good pictures of the kids in their costumes, which will now be a yearly tradition! Although, I sadly fear Ethan will think he is too grown up to wear a costume soon now that he started middle school this year, which makes these last few photo shoots even more special to me.
This year everyone decided to go trick or treating in our home town... so I decided to surprise my parents and take the kids to see them first. They haven't been able to see the kids in their costumes since Ethan started going to school in Kindergarten because there just wasn't enough time in the day. I saw these beautiful trees in my parent's front yard the day before and knew it would be the perfect place to take a few quick pics of the kids. I don't have many of Ethan because he was too interested in riding his new rip stik he got for his birthday and wasn't interested in taking pictures but knew it was important to me so he cooperated for a few. Then he was off!
Kaia is always willing to pose for a few good pictures, that is why I always have more of her... I found the 2 scarves and the belt last year for $1 a piece on clearance in January and thought it would make the perfect Rae costume from the new Star Wars movie! I had bought some short sweatpants and cloth to wrap around her arms, and originally she had a short sleeve shirt, but since I was sick earlier in the week, and they already had a different costume thing to go to, I didn't get the laundry done in time... Oh well. I still think it turned out pretty good! (I am not the most creative when it comes to home made costumes)
Nora decided she wanted to be Kilo Ren this year and would hear of being nothing else! She is obsessed with the character, which is a little strange, but totally her. It matched the theme so we went with it. I was excited when I found her mask for $3 in the Target dollar section! She then used a ninja costume one of the other kids had used from a different year to finish it off. Cheap costumes are a bonus when you have four kids!
My original idea for Kien because I didn't want to spend $30 or more on a costume for a Finn costume was to use his Clone Trooper costume from last year and paint blood on the mask like the scene in the movie but he was quick to point out the day before Halloween that it wasn't a FIRST ORDER mask like the one in the movie... apparently there are different types of Clone Trooper masks? Who knew? So I looked on Amazon and found one with free shipping for $6 and used Amazon Prime to get it here on Halloween day! I painted the blood on with fake blood paint right before we left. I think it turned out really good! I uses the main costume suit from last year and Voila! He was the Clone Trooper Finn! So for a total of around $30, (I had to buy Ethan's new because he outgrew his costume from last year and didn't want to be the same thing again) I came up with all of the costumes! Not bad for four kids! Usually they are around $30 each!
They were excited when I finished taking pictures so they could go trick or treating!
Needless to say, my parents were excited to see the kids this year since it had been over four years since they had them come to their house on Halloween! It took a little more effort but I am so happy I took the time to capture these memories again this year! Next year I will have to pick a different theme for costumes, and I already have a few in mind! Now that Halloween is over, it's time to move onto Christmas- OBVIOUSLY! Ha! When you are a photographer, you always have to be thinking a season or holiday ahead... :)