Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Artsy Fartsy

For the last two years we've gotten away with ignoring Halloween. Jay and I have never been "into" Halloween and Joshua's been utterly clueless. So October 31st comes and goes and no one in this house is the wiser. Until now. I noticed on the Playschool calendar that one of the agenda items for last Tuesday was "talk about Halloween costumes." Great, I thought. Here we go.

When I picked up Joshua on Tuesday I asked him about his day. It was a busy one. He brought the snacks, and it was also school picture day. I finally got around to asking him about whether he had talked about dressing up for Halloween.

"Yes!" he said.

"What will you wear?" I asked.

"A costume!" he said. (This was the first time he'd ever heard of a costume, so I was pretty impressed the climbed that curve).

"What kind of costume?" I asked, fully expecting him to respond with "Can you say it?" which is his way of saying that he doesn't know the answer to whatever question you've just asked.

"A PUMPKIN!" he shouted!

And when Vati asked him later that day what he wanted to be for Halloween, he answered again, "A PUMPKIN!"

If you know me at all then you know I haven't a creative bone in my body, which is probably why I've never really been excited about Halloween. So here I am, trying to find a DIY pumpkin costume for my son (and daughter. Why not make them match?) If I were Jenny, or Rhonda, or Sarah, this wouldn't be a problem. But alas I am not, and it will probably take me from now until midnight on Wednesday to figure this out.

Wish me luck.


Gran said...

Don't ask your mother. Your lack of creativity is genetic. Sorry.

Jenny said...

just make a long wide tube out of orange, out some elastic at the top and bottom, and stuff it with newspaper or quilt batting or clothes. Oh yeah, cut arm holes too.
Paper bag? Paintd orange? with a black jack o lantern face on it?

Bergit said...

Mary Beth Bernheisel! Wow, what a blast from the past. I typed your name into google and here it lead. I am so excited to see that you have a growing brood and that you and Jay are still chugging along, now in your homeland! Wow. Life is exciting. I say you should wear a pumpkin too!

I'd love to hear from you if you ever have a free moment.

Bergit said...

Oh yeah,

I thought of one more thing. How about getting a big yellow shirt for Jay, taking a brown marker and coloring in a zigzag stripe across the front, horizontally. That way he can be Charlie Brown and the kids (dressed as pumpkins) can be the pumkin patch!

Charlie Brown and the pumpkin patch! You could be Lucy!

Just a thought :)

Mary Beth said...

Bergit! I'm so glad to see you! I'll write you soon! And your ideas are awesome! Love, MB

Erica said...

Green sweatpants, green sweatshirt, orange garbage bag (sometimes, you can even find them with a jack-o-lantern fact on them). Cut a whole for head and arms (like you're making an impromptu poncho), stick it on kid, stuff it with paper, gather up the garbage bag (duct tape) at the bottom. Done.

Better yet and cheaper right now: before you buy the supplies for this, go to a kids resale shop and see if they have any pumpkins left. This time of year, they are often on sale there, so for $10.00 or less you can get one and give yourself a giant break for not being crafty. (And having two little ones)