Thursday, October 29, 2009

wonderstruck


"Wonder Woman" Halloween costume 2008 ( my daughter and the store-bought costume)
There is something dear about the "wonderstruck" years. Happiness of a store bought costume and the anticipation of holidays that mark time as well as occasion. Last year my daughter and some friends made it very easy by joining forces and collaborating on being "Super Heroes."
It was nice knowing that each one of them had unique powers, all special, none better than the other.

"Beauty and the Beasts" One home-made costume, and two store-bought
Over the years, I have had great fun making and creating the annual costumes, and often wondered if the level of perfection would bring about wonder or if a "store-bought" costume would be just "fine." Funny how the things we never forget stay with us. We always had to rally and make our costumes, we were "hobos, farmers, indians, cowboys, pilgrims" - all easy to make from things we had. After all, I can not imagine my Mother giving in to "splurge" on seven costumes.
My "Colonial Gent" (with braces) 2003 Colonial Day
How about you, do you remember those wonderstruck years and the trauma that went into the anguish of the Halloween Costume and then to have your big brother tell you, "Who cares about the costume, it is all about the candy and who can get the most!" It made me wonder, is is about the candy or the costume? What say you?

23 comments:

little augury said...

Your super hero is looking lots like her super mom. Hope their Hallowed Eve's travels are spooky and safe. la

Feather Gold said...

I love the costume pictures, everyone looks so cute.

For me, it's all about the costume from concept to execution. The entire process is so much fun and has always been. The candy was just an added bonus!

pve design said...

la-
oh, I wish I had some "super powers" but I guess I will just accept that "my art" counts as one power.
pve

feather gold -
the lovely earrings arrived! thanks so much.
yes, I do love the execution as well as the art...skill plus artistry, like a dance for me.
the candy, well I do love a good "mounds" bar-
pve

Kwana said...

These pics take me back. Boy how they have grown! I loved making costumes for my kids when they were young. Those days are now done. But I guess for them it was all about the candy haul.

Karena said...

Beautiful children Patricia. Wouldn't it be great to have super powers to save the world! The talents and strengths we have will have to suffice in this real world. It is fun to fantasize in the way we did as children.

style chronicle said...

Your daughter is beautiful! With four little ones and a move two weeks ago - our costumes are far less than I had hoped they would be this year but at their ages, it's more about the excitement and fun (oh, and the candy too!) than it is about the perfectly executed costume.

Joyce said...

Your 3 little pumpkins are too cute.

Yes your super hero is a mirror image of her momma.

I think all is in the celebration of Halloween a bit of the excitiment of dressing up and pretending, having fun. The once empty bag hours ago is now full to the rim to heavy to carry around, a sign to go home and pour out your treasure on the table. Between mouthfuls of your favorite candy comparing your loot to your sibblings teasing one another who has the biggest pile. Then making the trade- offs, I'll trade you for.... xoxo

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I haven't dressed in costume in about 15 years but am coming to NYC this weekend for a costume party and so I've gone all out on my superhero costume!!

Morning T said...

Your daughter is SO beautiful and I love her wonder woman costume! I do remember those days myself but with my little one now, not so much. Perhaps she's still too young but she's not into it much at all. This year she just wants to be a simple ballerina with her ballerina clothes from class. The past 2 years she wanted to wear the same store bought Ariel costumer. I guess I should be thankful that I'm not having to buy expensive and ellaborate costumes. :-)

Purple Flowers said...

For me, it's always been about the costume. As a kid, we made our costumes from items around the house. As I grew older and went to parties, again, I would find things around, go to a craft store to get styrofoam, etc. I love a costume made from creativity. Candy was always the chcolate on the bar reward!

A Day That is Dessert said...

I love these photos of your children in costume! I think it's about the magic of it all - taking on another identity, unlimited sugar, etc...

Frau said...

I think for girls it's about the costume and boys all about the candy! I hated dressing up but loved the candy!

pve design said...

Frau-
So right you are, about the candy!
pve

gina said...

My childhood family sounds like yours - my Mother would have never bought 6 costumes! We just put funny stuff together and it was always great - until Mom made us wear a coat on top!

Cute Wonder Woman and past years costumes. Hope they have a great time Saturday night.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Costume. Definitely the costume. Even when I was a kid and not allowed to eat candy except on Halloween, the costume was still the most important part! Your wonder girl looks gorgeous ;)

pve design said...

Gina,
They are predicting a warm forecast for Halloween, so I am not sweating the "coat" aspect of my daughter's sleeveless costume this year! She will not be one bit happy with me...if I make her wear a coat!
pve

Simply Mel said...

First allow me to say that your super hero daughter is truly stunning!

As for me, Halloween is all about the costume! I could care less about the candy!

Janet said...

Oh, they are adorable! I remember my first "store-bought" costume ~ a blue fairy ensemble. I remember being devastated when my mother made me wear a heavy wool sweater underneath because it was so cold.

Helen James said...

loving the pics your daughter is so beautiful too!, I recently spent an hour making my 10 yr old a Ghoul outfit for the dress up day at school, he looked in the mirror and said "mum this is Amazing! you should be a designer".......... em, I am hadn't you noticed what I have been doing for the last 10 yrs of your life! LOL

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, it was all about the costume for me! I could really have cared less about the candy. By the way, I honestly thought that photograph was of you! You both look so much alike! Beautiful!

littlebyrd said...

She looks so much like you!!! Amazing and beautiful ;)

Summer is a Verb said...

My mother always custom sewed our costumes growing up and I forever begged for the store bought. What??? was I thinking? Off to dig up some old pics...XXOO

kayce hughes said...

were you one of 7?