Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trick? I Think a Treat, Mostly

Halloween is not a big deal here in Australia, especially in comparison to the US.  That said, it would be difficult for two American boys to not do trick or treating, so we decided to go out with another family like last year.  Nathan's friend Claire had lived in the US and was keen to go out as well, so her mother asked if we would like to go with them.  We met them in their neighbourhood, where notes and streamers had been placed into mail boxes.  If a house was choosing to pass out candy, they simply tied the streamers to their mailbox.  That way we didn't bother anyone who had no interest.  There were several more houses participating this year, so the boys ended up with plenty of candy.  Once again, not nearly as much as they would've gotten in Kentucky, but that is certainly ok!

Now that the boring part of the post is out of the way, on to the more interesting - costuming.  I was hoping that they would wear the costumes that they wore for their book parade at school.  Nathan was Peter from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Will was Willy Wonka from, well, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Alas, they had no interest in making my life easy!  But Nathan likes to dream big...

Nath liked the idea of The Chronicles of Narnia, so he decided to be Aslan.  Thanks kid, that's an easy costume!  Not to mention it's way to hot to wear a full body suit, so we decided to go simple.  I had him wear a pair of brown pants, a yellow-orange shirt with a "tummy patch" (patented term), and I made him a mane and tail.  I also bought face paint.  For those of you familiar with my abilities, I'm only good with simple makeup on my own face and certainly do not have any drawing abilities!  So I looked up some pictures on Google - where else - and found something I thought I could replicate.  I'm not saying that we're winning any contests, but in my opinion it worked pretty well!  And again, dear American readers, this is about as good as costumes get here, so no judging!

So it's not The Lion King quality....

Nathan clearly had a theme, and I was able to convince Will to be Peter.  At least that costume was mostly made, although the original Aslan on the tunic had come off and I had to redo that.  Also, the boys couldn't remember what they had done with the original sword made, so I Alfoiled a sword we had  on hand.

Pretty cute little guy

And for whatever reason, Nathan decided that I should dress up as well.  It's been a long time since I've dressed up, like since university long - Em, if you have evidence, feel free to keep it to yourself!  But Nath was really keen on the idea.  So, who did he want me to be - Susan, Lucy, Mrs. Badger...

Nope, I got to battle it out with Aslan as Jadis, the White Witch.  I guess I know what my kidlets think of me!  Oh well, it's always fun to play a character your nothing like, right?  And for authenticity...

...would you like a Turkish Delight?

It paid off, Nathan told me I was prettier than the witch in the movie.  Take that, Tilda Swinton!

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