We had quite the Halloween this year - it seems like Halloween becomes more of a production in our home every year! I blame Steve - as the kids get older and he can make cooler (cooler means more mechanized, BTW) costumes and you know Steve's penchant for gears and wires!
The boys wanted to be Transformers this year, and that didn't mean buying an Optimus Prime costume at Target, no way, that would be ridiculously easy and clearly not the Morningstar way. No, that meant taking the ingredients: Rock Band World Tour boxes and packing material, the hand-me-down Power Wheels car that's been sitting in our shed, the old ceiling fan from the boys' room, PVC, and lots of gaffer's tape and spray paint and making transforming robot-to-vehicle costumes.
And I have to say that Steve really outdid himself! He was a little disappointed that the costumes were, and I quote, "not complicated enough," but other than that I declare that Halloween was a complete success. I shudder to think of what "more complicated" would look like, besides the helicopter tail that we wanted to put on but that Ben would have none of. Steve has a different standard than most of the rest of the world for the desired level of complication for any given project.
We had a great Halloween - the boys collected more candy than any small children should ever eat, Ben managed not to concuss any of our friends' children with his fan blades, the evening was warm and pleasant, Steve got the fog machine going for the trick-or-treaters, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that our festive bottle of Vampire pinot noir was really quite tasty.
And tonight we get an extra hour of sleep. Glorious, beautiful, extra bonus sleep.