Okay, posting that adorable picture of my four oldest boys dressed up for Halloween yesterday was so much fun for me that I ended up looking though my photo albums to find some other costumes from yesteryear, and I unearthed this little gem from 1996:
Son #4 (8) just had to be a ninja. His was one of the few store-bought costumes I purchased over the years, because I didn't know exactly what a ninja costume was supposed to look like and this one was cheap. He loved that costume, and I believe he wore it the next Halloween as well. If it still fit him, I think he'd wear it today. (He remains quite enamored of ninja culture.)
Son #5 (3) is an adorable little pirate here--YARRRR! For his getup, all I had to buy was the pirate hat and a plastic swashbuckler's sword. The rest was achieved with an over-sized t-shirt and a bandana belt tied at the waist. He was your typical little boy, so I think he wanted to be a pirate mostly because that meant he got to carry a sword.
My mom was the Halloween costume-maker extraordinaire. I remember when I was about 7 years old, she fashioned an award-winning Raggedy Ann costume, complete with a red yarn wig that she designed herself and made by hand. I don't know how she did it, with five small children born in a six-year span. She was, and is, the "Energizer Bunny." When it came to Halloween costumes for my guys, I never put as much effort into the process as she did. I give her lots of credit.
But these three boys were pretty cute trick-or-treaters just the same, don't you agree?