Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Creativity / Family


One photo a week of our family throughout the year. 43/52

I have mixed feelings about Halloween. I would say I mostly dislike it. I don’t like the candy that is floating around everywhere to tempt my little people into sugar-frenzy. While I do let them have some, I can’t help but have serious anxiety about the GMO sugar and additives and dyes and chemicals and all the other things that just shouldn’t be in our food, but are there.

I am not a fan of celebrating death. I can get behind pumpkins and hot drinks and fall colors and the changing weather, but the skeletons and goblins and coffins and spiders…not my favorite things. I would skip over Halloween altogether if it weren’t for the cute faces that plead with me every year to get a new costume and go trick-or-treatin’.  They love all types of dress-up and pretend play, and costumes are a staple around our house all through the year, so that makes Halloween a draw for them.

The quality of most costumes for sale these days leaves much to be desired. There are good ones out there, but you can expect to pay a pretty penny for them. Then there are some not-so-good ones that get a run or a tear after the first day, or were somehow not even stitched correctly in one place or another, and somehow, you pay a pretty penny for those too. Well, no more, my friends.

Every year since the first halloween with my first kiddo, I have planned to make costumes instead of buy them, with the hopes that I could make something quality that would hold up to the nearly 24/7 wearing for the next 6+ months our costumes now endure. (Really, I dare you to drop by on a random day, and you will more than likely find at least one, if not all my children in their costumes instead of clothes.) This year is the first time I have actually made a costume of any kind (how is that for good intentions/procrastination?), and I managed to do four of them! The kids couldn’t be more pleased, and I have to say, I’m really happy about it too. My husband commented that he was “really impressed” that I pulled it off this year, after hearing me talk about it for the last 8 years. This is the first time I’ve made anything from a pattern on my own, so I feel extra accomplished about that. Yay for learning new things.

We have (from left to right): Ninjago ninja minus the sword he will have by Halloween to accompany the costume, Princess Anna of Arendelle (our take on it, anyway…we had the red dress already, so we switched up the colors and made a blue cloak instead), Queen Elsa with a long flowing cape, and Captain America with a daddy-made shield out of cardboard and tape. The baby doesn’t have a costume, but she may before the week is over…we will see how ambitious I feel. I may just put a tutu on her and call it good.

We snapped this week’s photo after dark, so I set up 2 of my off-camera flashes to light the shot. Try not to fall off your chair laughing when you look at the ninja-boy’s eyes. Makes me laugh out loud every time I look at him.


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“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

421. successfully sewing from a pattern, 422. a clear desk and mind, 423. stories and how they change our hearts, 424. late night silliness with missy moo, 425. an organizing cart for crafty stuff, 426. balanced day of work and play, 427. how great the Good News is for all of us, 428. God’s patience with me, 429. pare-down progress, 430. gentle words

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