Homemade Annie Costume DIY. Perfect for Halloween. Little Orphan Annie!Homemade Annie Costume DIY. Perfect for Halloween. Little Orphan Annie!

Images and text by Gabrielle.

Bet your bottom dollar — it’s Halloween!!

We’ve got a big full day ahead. Costumes, school parades, trick or treating, Maude’s friends are coming for a sleepover, and my parents are staying with us for a couple of days. It feels like a finale for October! How about you? How are you doing? And what’s Halloween like at your house?

I have to say, it’s so strange to have Ralph and Olive gone during a holiday. Olive is having a particularly fun Halloween. She’s on school vacation and is spending it with her cousins in England. Ben Blair’s sister Carol, and her husband Dan, are stationed near Cambridge on a military base, and lucky Olive is spending the week with them. She said it’s like a miniature U.S.A. and trick or treating headquarters! And Ralph is having a sort of non-Halloween. He’s in France and keeps forgetting it’s Halloween season because it’s simply not a big holiday in France at all. As you can imagine, we miss them both like crazy.

Homemade Frankenstein Halloween Costume DIY. Cheap and easy!

For costumes this year, Oscar chose Frankenstein, Betty chose a vampire, and June chose Annie. These pictures were taken last Saturday before our church Trunk or Treat party. Maude is also dressing up. She went to school as Raggedy Ann. She looks adorable, but she rushed out the door so fast I don’t even have a photo! Hopefully we’ll get another chance this evening.

We have one other twist to our Halloween. Our elementary school is transforming into Hogwarts for the day, so of course, Oscar and Betty wanted to join in the festivities and dress up as characters from the Harry Potter books during school. Betty is going as Ginny Weasley. And Oscar is going as Neville Longbottom. We stayed up late last night making super cool wands and they are both delighted with their get ups.

Gosh it’s fun to see how much my kids like Halloween!

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I’ll be away from my desk for most of today, but before I head out, here are a few things I wanted to share with you:

– Inspiring Old Masters.

– We need to stop saying babies ruin our bodies.

– I love this Dear Prudence answer — “Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate…” Thanks, Michelle.

– 30 sobering facts to mark the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thanks, Lisa.

This costume!

– Gruesome violence is a reality for the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This Saturday, you can join with people around the world to fight back. All you need is your yoga mat.

Creepy food! See more of the artist’s work here.

– “We are rounding up and silencing a generation of schoolchildren, and terrifying those who care for them. We are giving away precious time to teach and learn while we cower in fear.” On lockdown drills from a pre-k teacher. Thanks, Beccah.

– From the Onion: I don’t support feminism if it means murdering all men.

10 greatest changes of the past thousand years.

– Step away from the screen and make something! Olive Us and SAFTSAMS have a fun promotion going on. Take a photo/video of your kid with something they made, and it could be included in a super cool video! Details here.

Homemade Costumes perfect for Halloween. Little Orphan Annie, Count Dracula, and Frankenstein.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and a Happy Halloween! I can’t believe tomorrow is November. Is it really time to talk pilgrims and turkeys? Amazing! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.