Last year at this time, my mom was applying paint to Mark’s face to make him into a cheetah.
Sofia and Virginia were dressing up as Greek goddesses. They found images in books and then began planning their outfits on paper.
Artemis, goddess of the hunt and the moon, was the inspiration for Sofia’s costume.
We bought basic goddess outfits for $12 each and then the girls decided how to accessorize them.
Sofia (on the right) as Artemis at her school’s Halloween parade.
Virginia decided to be Demeter, the goddess of wheat and the harvest (and mother of Persephone).
We made flowers from crepe paper and my mom assembled a harvest basket from her place in the Ohio countryside.
Virginia as Demeter before her Halloween piano recital.
The girls thought it would be funny if Luke, who was barely talking at two years old, was Zeus.
And so he was, dressed in a baby blue sleeper with a lightning bolt attached to his back (and favorite blankie to rub under his nose).
This year we are lucky that my parents are here visiting again (and that Mark still fits into the cheetah costume my mom made him). The girls have changed goddesses — Sofia will be Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and Virginia will be Persephone, goddess of the underworld — and Luke will transform into a little lion.
We will also have a ladybug with us this year (Diana), tucked under my wing as we flit up and down the streets.
We can’t wait to go trick-or-treating and stay out late seeing our neighbors and their houses lit up for the occasion.
Wishing you a happy Halloween too!