TTT – Halloween

This week’s (belated) Top Ten Thursday post is about Halloween – the top ten things we love or hate about everyone’s favorite haunted holiday!


Would it surprise you to find out that I have mixed feelings about Halloween? If it does, then you haven’t been paying attention.

1. Carving Jack-O-Lanterns is a lot of work.
Like… it’s really messy. And you always have to scrape a lot more flesh out than you thought you’d have to and then you have to separate the seeds from the flesh and then you actually have to carve the pumpkin and hope that it doesn’t break.

2. The results are often cute.


Our 2011 Jack-O-Lantern, the last one pre-baby.


Our 2014 Jack-O-Lantern. This pumpkin didn’t get carved and lit until after Halloween; there was too much else going on that October. Luckily G didn’t mind!

Also, roasted pumpkin seeds are awesome and homemade ones are the best and the only way to get them is to brave the pumpkin carving.

3. Making Halloween costumes is a lot of work.

I spent SO MUCH TIME cutting out panels of feathers from this felt and then hand-sewing them onto a red hoodie. So much that I swore that the next time G picked a Halloween costume I couldn’t buy at the store, I was going to buy a sewing machine.

4. Again, the results are often cute.

I knocked that Red Goose costume out of the park.

5. Costumes can be reused and that’s awesome.
G has re-purposed parts of her red goose costume. I removed the beak from the hoodie and she wears it on a regular basis. She’s also used the tutu for ballet class and as a lion mane.
But I’ve also reused and re-purposed my own costumes. Years ago, Andy’s cousin had a Renaissance-themed wedding and guests were encouraged to come in costume. After that wedding, I used the clothes for Halloween a couple of times.


We were so cute and well-rested!


Also works as a pirate costume!

6. Little kids in costume are just the best.


I love a baby dressed as a Jack-O-Lantern.

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95% sure G didn’t punch Nolan in the nose, but I can’t say for certain.


Last year’s fab costume before we hit the streets of Amsterdam.

7. Group costumes can be a lot of fun.


Our friends got married in late October and had a costume reception. Can you name the characters?

8. Other times, people don’t stick to any theme and pictures look weird.


What a beautiful couple.


Although I feel like Bowie would have been friends with a vampire, so OK.

9. Halloween is the only time Andy will consent to Ziggy wearing clothes.


I also love a dog dressed as a Jack-O-Lantern.

10. Halloween isn’t much of a thing in Europe (or at least Switzerland).
Last year we ย went to Amsterdam to visit my cousin. I did some reading online and found that Halloween is (barely) celebrated there. We saw a few other kids in costume. I think it’s mostly used as an excuse for adults to party.
The Internet tells me it’s not much of a thing in Switzerland, either, although some expats still celebrate. Last year, G was allowed to dress up for school and Kindermusik.

This year, we’re going to a Halloween party on Saturday afternoon and G can get a prize if she comes in costume. And then on Halloween, Grandma Kathy arrives!

What do you like about Halloween, or dislike? Any big plans this year?

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5 thoughts on “TTT – Halloween

  1. I love Halloween! We have 4 Halloween events this year, I think that’s a record!! I’m just hoping my daughter’s zombie bride costume hold up until Monday night since I made it and my sewing skills are not top notch ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. I agree, Halloween is a lot of work – but hey, if you love it, it’s worth it, right? As you’re saying, the results are so cute! Look at little G, she’s so young, and she’s had so many cool costumes! You did a great job pumpkin carving, too! I have never done it. I grew up doing “Rรคbeliechtli” which, fortunately, are much smaller ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m a bit conflicted about Halloween. We were brought up being told it was “too American” (sorry!) and therefore not part of our culture and not something to really get involved with. Also it kinda makes no sense in the Southern Hemisphere. BUT I love dressing up and creating costumes and, especially as I get older and have kids of my own, it’s one of the few chances I get for this so… Happy Halloween! ๐Ÿ™‚

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