Happy Halloween! (Crazy Morning)


We have an Elsa-themed Princess and Minecraft Steve today, folks!

For all practical purposes, today is Halloween! At least, I’m hoping it is. Technically, they don’t know that tomorrow is the actual day, so I’m hoping that between wearing their costumes to school, having Halloween parties at school, and doing the Downtown Trick-Or-Treating Ordeal later this evening, they’ll be satisfied that they’ve had their Halloween and we won’t have to do additional Halloweening on the real day tomorrow.

Yes, so we all got up about 30 minutes early this am so we’d have time to costume the kids. It was a good thing we did that, as Princess Elsa really had her heart set on a traditional Elsa side-braid, but we discovered (since Mommy was too lazy  unable to do a pre-Halloween “dress rehearsal”) that her Princess Comb/Crown/Hair Thingy was not going to stay on her head unless we stuck it into the base of a bun somehow. She has very fine and silky hair that doesn’t hold style or ornaments for long under any circumstances, but with a boatload of hairspray and many stern admonitions not to roll around on the floor, try to take it off, or do overly much snuggling or face nuzzling… maybe it will stay. At any rate, she looks pretty darn cute even without the side-braid, and got to wear lipstick as a consolation prize. While I was floundering for a way to get the Comb/Crown/Hair Thingy to stay on her head, Hubby had to do some emergency shoe work to get her princess slippers to stay on her feet. I didn’t even ask what he did, but he returned to the bathroom with modified princess slipper-shoes and she was able to walk on them with only one slip-and-fall-on-her-face incident before 7:30am.  

Thankfully, Minecraft Steve was a bit easier. Since he’s not allowed to wear any sort of mask, or carry any sort of weapon to school, I did have to do something so he didn’t just look like a kid in blue jeans and turquoise shirt. I mean, without the cardboard box head and the Styrofoam fire sword, the Minecraft Steve idea sort of falls flat. So we improvised by drawing a totally crappy square beard, and an even more crappy square outline around his nose and eyes using cheap Halloween face-crayons. I thought it was embarrassingly terrible work, but after all the earlier drama with the Hair Thingy and The Slippers  Mommy didn’t have much time. Luckily, he seemed pleased with it, and now looks like a kid with some sort of slipshod costume, if not Minecraft Steve. I told him he could wear the box head and wield the fire sword  after school, and he was satisfied.

Besides, he had other items on his agenda. Having forgotten to bring home his Thursday folder yesterday, which contains announcements for parents every Thursday, we were in the dark and had to take his literally LAST-MINUTE word for it, that in addition to Halloween madness, it was also ok to bring your pet for show-and-tell. We were a bit dubious about this, and really, as if parents didn’t have enough on their plates with Halloween costuming! So he had to convince Daddy to hunt for the cat carrier, then hunt for the cat, who Elsa had inadvertently let slip outside when she opened the front door to check the weather. BTW, it’s pouring rain, so that meant Daddy had to hunt for the cat through the mud and the pouring rain!

Thankfully, Hubby, Elsa, Minecraft Steve and a somewhat sodden and muddy Zax did make it out the door barely on time… and Mommy needs a glass of wine.

Zax and Minecraft Steve

Be thankful you don’t have to see my lousy face-crayon work up close!

P.S. This just in… a text from Hubby revealed that Zax was, indeed, invited to attend show-and-tell, and a black cat on Halloween was lauded by all the children as just the ticket! Happily, he was content to be held by Minecraft Steve and Daddy did NOT have to hunt for an escaped Halloween cat through the spooky halls of the elementary school. =)

Additionally, there were at least 700 other Elsa’s, but NOBODY recognized Minecraft Steve!

At any rate…. Happy Halloween!



  1. Esther · October 30, 2015

    What an adventure! Glad it all turned out OK. 🙂 Happy Halloween!


    • jholland · October 30, 2015

      LOL… I’m a bit worried about that cardboard box’s chances in the pouring rain if we do the downtown thing later on. Might have to postpone and do the trick-or-treating inside the mall option tomorrow if this weather doesn’t clear up!


      • Esther · October 30, 2015

        Just take good pics of their (great, by the way!) costumes and what happens after doesn’t matter so much… 😉

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  2. Servetus · October 30, 2015

    V. Cute — you definitely made a big effort there and built some memories.

    re: wine: I don’t know why we don’t drink it in the morning. In the medieval period people always had beer for breakfast.


    • jholland · October 30, 2015

      Yes, they have so much fun doing anything wacky and out of the ordinary that it is worth it. If only I wasn’t such a procrastinator I might not have felt I needed that wine… but yes! A moderate glass of wine on such a morning shouldn’t be frowned upon! But beer for breakfast? As one who somehow missed out on the beer appreciation gene… no! LOL

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  3. linnetmoss · October 31, 2015

    Very cute his and hers costumes 🙂


    • jholland · October 31, 2015

      Yes, and as it turns out, we’ll have another opportunity to appreciate them today. It was just the yuckiest coldest rainiest day yesterday and even the lure of bags full of candy didn’t really tempt any of us so we stayed in last night. Therefore, it’s off to the trick-or-treating this evening we go!

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  4. Gratiana Lovelace · November 1, 2015

    Adorable costumes! Well done!


    • jholland · November 1, 2015

      Thanks, Grati! We did have a lot of fun trick-or-treating. When he actually got to wear the box head, a ton of kids and adults knew exactly who he was and loved it… lots of high-fives for Minecraft Steve! I guess Minecraft is an even bigger sensation than I’d realized. And of course, the pretty princess had her share of compliments, too. At the end she transformed from Elsa to Sleeping Beauty (fell asleep in the car) so she wore her gown to bed. LOL

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  5. suzy · November 2, 2015

    Sorry, I´m too late for Halloween greetings 🙂 Nice costumes!! My son played Minecraft too and we had some T-Shirts with the Minecraft motives……


    • jholland · November 2, 2015

      It’s become a household obsession (except for me… I refuse to be drawn in!) Even Hubby has started playing it. Says he likes spending time with the kids, but yesterday I caught him playing by himself while the kids were occupied watching a movie in another room! LOL

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  6. Hariclea · November 3, 2015

    phew, felt like a glass of prosecco just by reading 😉 But sounds like kids had all the fun they wanted to have and you delivered 🙂 And hopefully you all dosed off Sunday in a nice sugar rush 😉
    I only got the adult drunk zombie version next to me on tube, not fun at all. bleh. And it seems it just really brought autmun down on us with rain and fog and the lot. Sigh, duvet times!


    • jholland · November 4, 2015

      LOL- sorry about the adult drunk zombie. That sounds like fodder for an interesting story, at least! I’m afraid there is no such thing as a nice sugar rush when it comes to small children. Though I do rather like to watch them dance from here to there when they could be walking….

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