Happy Halloween // Anchorage Kids Portraits

I adore Halloween. It’s one of my very favorite holidays! Although i totally hate scary movies – so… go figure…

The costumes, the decorations – the whole deal – it’s just so much fun! And truly – I think that’s what i love about it. It’s just for fun! An opportunity for everyone to dress up as anything they like – and really go all out – and just own it. I think if I had lived in a place where it was going on, I would totally have been into the comic-con thing – but alas, I missed out on all that excitement…

And even though they seriously change their minds every 5 minutes about what they want to ‘be’ – i love doing Halloween with my kiddos.

This year Torah decided she wanted to be a pumpkin. I was pretty cool with that, at least she didn’t say she wanted to be Elsa… because for real – the Elsa costumes are like 3 times more than any other princess. Can we say racket?

Anyway – pumpkin was something i could get behind – and Harper just kept saying she wanted to dress up. Whenever I suggested anything after that phrase (dress up as _____) she would yell “NO! I want to DRESS UP!” so i wasn’t quite sure if she even understood the concept – and i made the executive decision to go with 2 pumpkin costumes, because really – chances were good that when push came to shove Harper was going to want to be whatever Torah was.

so – a little google search of “easy no sew pumpkin costumes” set me on the path to these super easy creations. They totally refused to wear the hats we made, but we had fun making them anyway. The original design was for plain orange t-shirts and you made the jack-o-lantern faces with black self adhesive foam – but target had the shirts with the glitter faces already on them, so… WIN!! I had already decided I wasn’t going to bother with the elastic on the bottom and stuffing the shirts, cause I know my kids. They would HATE that. Some sparkly tutus and wham. Done.

Then pictures – oye ve- it was like pulling teeth! I literally had to sit there with Reeses Pieces to get them to cooperate. I was getting a whole lot of this:

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And then they started to get silly… which is far better than the previous, but still – can you just LOOK at me?!?!DSYPhotography-9375

And this was the best we did. Good enough – I’ll take it! They made me work for it though…