|I'm a witch!|
First, there was my oldest daughter's competitive streak, discovered in 1998 when we found out that our new neighborhood had a Halloween Costume Contest. Ariel decided to enter, and win. This competitiveness came out of the blue; to my knowledge she had never participated in a contest before. Here she is in 1998, in that first contest, with her sister. Not only did she not win, but her little sister won an honorable mention ribbon because the judges thought her Aladdin's lamp was so cute. This was valuable insight: judges love the accessories.
|Jeannie and Jasmine|
|Cleo and Minnie|
|It bubbled up pretty cool and she offered to tell the judges their fortunes.|
|Ariel brandishing her trophy. Lacey, aka the Wizard, never broke character.|
|Dr Loco and Trailer Trash Barbie (on her own "stand"!)|
|Lacey as Happy Grapes!|
|The best costume ever - Zoe the Baby Turkey (costume by my talented sister in law)|
|Zoe as Cleopatra (6 years later recycled headdress) |
|Lacey Red Riding Hood and her big bad wolf (granny-father lol)|
I have to admit that the costume making and wearing did not start in 1998. Here is one of my favorite Halloween costume combos from early on, this one of Ariel and Lacey in 1995.
|Ariel, the witch, and her black cat, Lacey|
Ariel is 25 now and living in Ft Lauderdale, Florida working as a journalist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, but she is still dressing up. She is very involved with a local "Live Action Role Play" (LARP) group, which I understand is vampire-inspired.
|Ariel, age 17 in 2005|
Ariel and Lacey were more competitive but these days Zoe "just wants to dress up." So we haven't done any contests since 2009. All the fun and none of the pressure, that's Zoe! :) Here are a few of Zoe:
|Zoe Red Riding Hood|
|Zoe the Flapper|
|Zoe the Leprechaun with her pot of gold|
|Zoe as a Pirate|
|Zoe as Flamenco Dancer|
And of course I cant leave out Bramble, whom you may have met in an earlier post: "Just a Stuffed Rabbit." He has been dressing up since 2006 when he was a "witch ghost." If you follow him on Facebook you can vote for his 2013 costume.
|Bramble as: Devil, Bee, Pharaoh, Pirate, Jester, and Witch Ghost|
|Chris and Me|
|Ariel, me and Lacey in 1994|
|Costumes over the years...|