Saturday, November 1, 2008

Casperina the Friendly Ghost......or Not

This year Emily told me she wanted to be a ghost for Halloween. I thought that would be cute and googled how to make ghost costumes, printed out pictures, went to Wal-Mart and bought white remnants, and made what I thought was a really cute ghost costume. (white dress up dress for the base, top with a hood and hugs arms stitched with fabric that drooped way down cut into strips) I was crushed when Emily informed me that she didn't really want to wear it. This was on a Thursday night when she was going to a halloween party with her cousin, Esther. So I told her she could wear something else that night, but I had spent time and money on that ghost costume so she was going to wear it on Halloween! She went as Snow White to Thursday's party, and I tried to figure out what to do with the ghost costume that would help her want to wear it, since I didn't want her totally miserable on Halloween. Kind of defeats the purpose of celebrating.... I took another piece of white material, cut a whole in the middle, and put it over the original costume, making the whole thing more flowing.

Friday morning when she put it on, she liked it! I was happy that she was okay about wearing it to her class party at school. I didn't take pictures of her yet because I was waiting until Halloween night when she would have face paint on. But Friday afternoon when it was time to get ready for the ward trunk-or-treat, Emily informed me she didn't want to be a ghost and was going to be something else. I couldn't believe it!!! I guess girls start early changing their minds! She HAD already worn the ghost costume that day, so I decided not to make too big of an issue out of it, but I let her know I was hurt that she didn't want to wear the costume I made and wasn't going to help her with another one (that was childish.....and unkind) She came downstairs in an awful, too small old dress-up dress with shoes and no socks (and some fairy wings). She looked like, what I think my mom would call a rag-a-muffin. Anyway, I ate my words, went upstairs with her, and talked up this gorgeous pink dress she had that would go so nice with the fairy wings. (actually from her cousin, Abby) She thought and thought, and finally said, "O-KAY, I Guess that's alright." Whew! I whipped the pink dress out so fast and helped her put it on before she changed her mind. I couldn't believe she said okay, since she usually wants the opposite of what I suggest! Anyway, after a hairdo & some glitter sprinkled on she was magically transformed into a beautiful fairy, and we were on our way to trunk or treat!



After trunk-or-treat I took Emily trick-or-treating to the ward members on our street who hadn't been at the trunk-or-treat. Here she is with her stash.

We found out Justin didn't have candy at his place, so Emily picked out a bunch of her candy for him. We put it in a cute halloween bag and made a quick delivery to him, right before he headed out with some friends. That was fun, and I was so proud that she was caring and willing to share. We came home and watched "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Emily, then after she was in bed, Dave and I watched a scary movie together, "The Invisible." It turned out to be a great day after all!


9 comments:

Stephanie said...

I can't wait for the time when Zaylee does fun stuff like that, lol. Emily turned out very pretty.

Nicia said...

Glad everything worked out! That little stinker, changing her mind on you!! :) She did look very cute though!

Abby Hiatt said...

I remember that dress, it looks so cute on her I'm glad its being put to good use.

Michelle said...

Wow, you are far nicer than I am. I would have said something akin to "tough luck buster" and gave the choice to go as the ghost or not at all. Nathan ended up as a knight because that's all I could find for under $20 on Halloween night. I thought he'd be conked after the surgery, so I hadn't planned on one for him. I guess not! He is the same size as Oren, so Oren's skeleton from last year wouldn't have worked. And Oren was black spiderman without the mask, because it was on clearance last year missing the mask, and that's what Oren picked out to buy for this year. So he was stuck with it! :-)

Good thing boys don't really care if there's goodies involved! The only one dissapointed was Mark, because his bleeding skull mask broke. Oh darn...

Rachel H. said...

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS! Jenna said the same thing after I labored long hours making her a tutu--she decided she just wanted to be an exercise girl--no tutu, just the leotard. I gave ABSOLUTELY no choice. :) But she gave in once she realized she could be an "exercise fairy".

Jake & Lisa Danes said...

Got to love little girls and their changing minds. Much like us big girls! What a cute fairy she made though!

Karen said...

Wes still comes to me to have me make costumes...usually at the last minute! I'm glad she at least wore the ghost for a day:)

Grandma Danes said...

You have more patience than I do. She did look cute, but she usually does. We had only 5 children come to our door and the neighbors said about the same. I don't know if they went where there were subdivisions or what. Trunk or treat, which is great for them, gets a lot of the kids on our street. The closest thing I have seen to a costume lately is when the girls raking leaves in our yard were wearing pajamas

Nathan and Esther Manwaring said...

Her outfit turned out so cute. I am sorry she didn't comply with the ghost. That is too bad.