Sandwiched by beautiful, fall evenings, our October 31st left much to be desired, weather-wise.  blech.  We made the most of it and ventured out with our neighbors.


Andy and Harlow were both feeling pretty crummy that day, so I left them home snuggling and watching …can you guess?  The Music Man, of course.  I left them home because I needed to make a quick run to JoAnn Fabrics for costume supplies.

Yes. I know — it was definitely a procrastination situation.  Harlow and I had decided a while ago that she would be a pink fox this year, but of course I decided the day of was the day to put it all together!  After some CTG, I found this little mask outline that worked perfectly as my base — I then drew the additional smaller pieces I needed.  I also used 4 layers — front soft felt, fleece, stiff felt, and another soft layer against her face.  I wanted it to be comfortable, but not flimsy.

For the tail, I had about 45 minutes before it was time for us to turn into drowned rats, so I free cut a quick tail from 1 piece of felt.  I cut it corner to corner, so I could make it as big as possible.  Then I added some leftover, white felt to the end.  Sew, sew, stuff, and sew onto an elastic band … we were out the door!  Well, not before she yelled at the buses going by, of course.

{And her sweater was knit by my über talented mama — isn’t it gorgeous!?}


I had plans of making LowLo a matching outfit, but… yup. That didn’t happen.

But what did happen was the accidental tradition that we stumbled upon last Halloween.  When we returned home last year, Harlow had no idea what was inside the shiny candy wrappers, she was just enamored with them.  I dumped them into a bowl, and we turned around and handed the candy right back out again.  She had more fun “twick or tweating” back to everyone than she did going door to door–and, I must add, our trick-or-treating guests got a kick out of the “baby handing out candy!” at our door.

This year we did the same!  She didn’t ask or show interest in eating any, so the tradition continued.  Y’all.  She was hysterical.  Well, at least I thought she was.  I’m totally about to be a “my kid is so funny and awesome!” mom right now, so quit reading if you need to.  (Believe me, I could fill up many pages about Harlow’s tantrums and meltdowns and my mishaps and mistakes — believe me.)  Not only did she say “twick or tweat!” as kids came up to our door, but she would think about which candy to give each guest.  And then she quickly thanked them.  Most of them weren’t quite sure what to say, since she was doing everything they were “supposed” to be doing–the trick-or-treating and saying thank you.  Due to the weather, we didn’t have a ton of visitors, so when we found ourselves sitting and waiting, she would start yelling, “where the people!?!?” over and over again.  A few times she yelled “trick or treat” at a few strangers passing by who weren’t stopping for candy…I mean, how dare they!?

All in all, we had a short, but fun evening.  Harlow was the cutest pink fox I ever did see, and I am loving our tradition of handing the candy we received back out at the end of the night.  I know as she gets older, we probably won’t be handing out all the candy we picked up prior, but putting smiles on kids’ faces as they come to our door has been an awesome way to end the night.



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