On November 2, 2010 by Eden M. Kennedy

Halloween this year was unexpectedly awesome. Jackson has officially transitioned from cute and/or superhero costumes to spooky ones, and though we thought he’d achieved this milestone last year, we too-late discovered that 2009′s skeleton zombie costume actually frightened him so much that he gave himself nightmares by wearing it. However, 2010′s pulsating, bloody Scream mask was by all accounts a spectacular success, both socially and psychologically.

I also feel like I’ve achieved some sort of participatory/underinvolvement milestone as I was too busy helping him accessorize (and Jack was too busy taping up leaking fake-blood tubes) to even have thought about taking pictures. I drove Jackson over to a neighborhood where a ton of his school friends live and watched them all run around shrieking and having the time of their lives while I followed at a discreet distance.

For many years I have been sort of anti-Halloween-for-grownups, mostly because I am old and grew up in a neighborhood where grownups maybe wore a weird mask to answer the door (my mom liked to make hers out of paper grocery sacks). Also, most elementary-school-age girls I knew wore somewhat scary costumes (witch, gypsy, scarecrow, monster), as opposed to using the event as an excuse to wear pink from head to toe, or dressing like tiny hookers.

However, because I work with the public, I decided to dress up this year. I was mildly surprised that I was alone among my coworkers, and that my wig made several preschoolers cut a wide berth around me as they paraded through the building, but otherwise my Evil Marge Simpson costume was a success. And of course I have no pictures of it, except for the one I just took in the bathroom mirror before throwing the wig in the trash:

Happy Halloween!



12 Responses to “Halloween”

  • I may go the tiny hooker route next year. Telling my kids I was dressed up as their Real Father didn’t go over quite as well as expected.

  • When I scrolled down to your picture, I thought I had mistakenly clicked on Whoorl’s blog in my Google reader. I’m not so much saying that Sarah James looks like Evil Marge Simpson as I am saying that I think maybe the two of you have similar eye/nose structure? Or something. I don’t think that usually, but this picture invokes it somehow.

  • I’m kinda hoping that you might grow your hair like this now. It could be the new chapter in the hair-growing/chopping chronicles.

  • I actually could! I just need to corral the gray so it grows in two streaks like that.

  • Would it be mean to say that i thought you went as skunk road kill? if so, never mind. But i did make myself laugh.

  • I try to keep my kid out of the tiny hooker garb, we also tries to find costumes that 50,000 other tweenage girls won’t be wearing (i.e. slutty sinderella, little red riding slut etc). Last year she was Freddy Krueger, the year before that the Mad Hatter and this year the was Robin Hood, then Bellatrix Lestrange (from Harry Potter), last but not least she was a a gladiator princess (think Sheena). We already found a gold digger costume for next year and though it is a slight bit tiny hookerish, she will bring the humor factor in by calling herself a “Real Housewife of Montecito”.

  • Wow. Real Halloween growth and enlightenment shows up in this post…except maybe the part of about the Marge Simpson costume…Oh well nice nice effort!!

  • yes, please, a hair project, tiny hookah!
    recently cut mine short and now miss it shoulder-length – it’s a sickness.

  • You threw that away? Dude. I love hand-me-down, evil Marge Simpson wigs! You should see my collection of hand-me-down, rainbow clown hair.

  • Oh Mrs. Kennedy, where did you get such an amazing pair of glasses? (Love the wig.)