We had nearly 200 trick-or-treaters last night.
I kid you not! Between 6:30 and 7 p.m., which seemed to be peak time, there was a veritable parade of small children up and down our front walk. At one point, I think D opened the door to a group of ten -- and that's if you don't count the parents who were there as well.
D had a lot of fun scaring the people who came to our place. Whenever the doorbell would ring, he would open the door very quickly and shout a gleeful "AH HA!" This was highly entertaining for the parents and somewhat startling for the kids. Most, after they recovered, got a good kick out of it. But the two-year-olds remained a bit nonplussed, and one younger kid was so thrown off that he said "Merry Christmas" instead of "Trick or treat"! D now claims that he frightened the poor guy into another holiday ...
Oh, what fun D's going to be when he has kids of his own.
Our pumpkins were a hit too. In fact, half the time when D threw the front door open, the trick-or-treaters weren't actually standing directly in front of him -- they were peering into the library window to get a closer look at what we'd carved.
So now, the part you've been waiting for: the costumes we wore to the Halloween party.
Here's D in his bald cap. He was Hitman from the game of the same name. The bar code is actually from a UPS return shipping label -- already adhesive!
And here I am, as a dragonfly.
Props to Good (Enough) Woman for guessing that I was a fly -- she couldn't have gotten closer without knowing the exact shape of the wings. The sparkly hemispheres were my eyes, which I stitched to the headwrap.
We also used binder clips to attach an iridescent scarf to the back of my halter top (see below) to mimic the colors you might see on a dragonfly. Yep, we're all about minimal sewing.
So there you go! I will post directions on how to make compound eyes soon. Also some news on what my advisor had to say. It wasn't exactly what I'd hoped for, but it wasn't a total no either ...
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