We rolled out of our warm cribs on Halloween morning, made a Starbucks pitstop and popped into the front door of our Kindermusik teacher's house ready to maybe sing a pumpkin song or two. I was in no way prepared to be knocked over by the biggest momhood blunder I've committed to date. All six toddlers were spectacularly ravaging and whirling the room in costume or some sort of holiday attire. Flooded by adorable, I looked down at Carter. He was as baffled as I was.

I felt. so. bad.

While Carter's at this young age, I put so much pressure on myself on holidays because these early years demand historic pictures be taken. There's decorations to be hung to coincide with the phrase In my house, we used to always have a so-and-so hanging from the such-and-such. Truly, he's growing out of his cuteness by the day. Next year I probably won't have the chance to get him into a costume chosen by me. No sitting to bask in the reflection of his baby-faced yumminess wrapped in fuzzy fabrics with glued eyes and tails. Just seeing my blog and my obsessively curled hair, you can tell I sail my ship a tad from the perfectionist angle. Not everything has to be perfect. But holidays? They're on that ship.

And boom. Just like that, I'd dropped the ball. Missed an opportunity I should have been on top of.

We went onward with class, sang and danced with children dressed as pumpkins. a mouse. a car. The other moms were armed with cameras, chasing for pictures. Carter was more reserved than usual; I figured because processing the costume ordeal in conjunction with busting out dance moves requires more concentration than a two year old can handle. By the time we left class, I was borderline angry at the whole situation, worried Carter might think he's different, strange, or something's wrong with him because he was the only one who didn't get to wear something fun. Darn those moms. Those kids. Those cute costumes. How dare they all.

When we got home that day, I pulled out an owl costume (from this website) and carefully offered it to Carter. His vocab doesn't cover the Bring it on! his eyes were answering.

For the afternoon, Carter was an owl in our driveway. His fear of costumes? Overcome.

Thanks to Toddlerhalloweencostumes.com for sending him such a fun outfit!

Carter settled in for his afternoon nap while I got dressed in my Minnie Mouse costume, carved my own pumpkin, strung orange lights on the porch and willed the pouring rain to stop. Matt got home from work, put on his Pinnochio/Peter Pan getup, and we slung an umbrella over our heads and walked the neighborhood.


It took some convincing, but once Carter realized saying Reat! (Trick or Treat) to complete strangers got him candy, he was all in for the door-to-door mission. He was one of those kids who doesn't stop taking pieces from the bowl until it's out of reach. I had him putting pieces back into bowls and felt lucky he was just as eager to say Thix (thanks) as he was to plead Reat.



Did anyone else notice how small the fun-sized candy bars have gotten? Or is it that we're just getting bigger? Candy shrinkage or not, this year I decided that Halloween's my new favorite holiday. And I promise you, next year Cart will be clad in costume from sun up to sun down.

For good measure, we might even be an elf at Christmastime.


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  1. LOVE the last photo of Carter in his owl costume! He also make an adorable wild thing. At least seeing those other kids in their costumes helped him to overcome his fear of wearing his.

  2. Love his owl costume ! I'm glad he was alright and overcame his fear of dressing up ;)

  3. These pics are fabulous, esp the owl costume ones! What camera did you use?

  4. Oh Meg, I had the same Mom Fail, all the children in Mimi's dance class were dressed in their costumes last thursday EXCEPT my little Mimi. I felt horrible. I didn't get the memo apparently....Luckily Mimi didn't "get it" and wasn't upset. Good thing kids can't remember year 2, or Mimi would remember that I forgot and I only let her trick or treat for 20 minutes and told her it was "all done!" Even though it went on for two more hours!

  5. Carter is so stinkin' cute!!!! I just want to hug that little boy of yours. I LOVE the 1st and 2nd pictures of him. I recently found your blog and over the last couple weeks I read from beginning to current. You almost feel like family now! Enjoy that cutie of yours. And don't worry, Carter will simply go from cute to handsome. Or he will always be cute. Great blog and photos! I adore your family.

  6. hey meg my son has the same exact owl costume check him out


  7. That owl costume was fab! I really feel for you with what happened at Carter`s class. We tend to feel so guilty about things like that - but at least you`ll know for next time! And I`m sure Carter won`t think too much of it :-)
    Glad you all had a lovely Halloween x

  8. Love Love LOVE the owl costume! That's the cutest kid costume I've seen this year!

  9. Aaaw Carter and his costume are adorable! Both of them! What a cute family! I'm glad he overcome his fear of costume :))

  10. Oh man the pictures of Carter in his owl costume are seriously the cutest thing ever!!! And I feel you on the mom blunder...even when I went out Halloween morning to Target with my little gal every kid was out of school....I didn't realize school is out on Halloween out here and they were all in costume...babies and older kids. I was like, huh? lol. NEedless to say, next year she will probably be in something festive all day. I love that you dressed up to and so did your hubs. I have always wanted to dress up as a family! Such a cute minnie mouse! :)

  11. Hi Meg & Carter,

    I am new to your blog. I found it by browsing pregnancy on Youtube. I am pregnant with my 1st baby, due in May :)

    I love your blog so far, and your family is beautiful!

  12. New to your blog...love his owl costume...and you look adorable :)