Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Festive Evening



I have never done much for Halloween, but three small pumpkins from here and there in the house were somehow transformed into grinning jack o'lanterns. The smallest one is about 3 inches high.
 

We're busy on Friday night and I really wanted to see the little ones in their costumes so we held a practice trick or treat last night. Even Nana got inspired. I thought how much fun it would be to dress up and surprise the little girls when I opened the door. A thrift shop white shirt transformed quickly into a pirate's shirt, topped with a vest I've had since forever, slim pants and riding boots. A head scarf and eye patch finished the look. All done in 90 minutes.

I lit the pumpkins and waited for a few minutes until I heard a soft "trick or treat" at the door. Surprise! A flamenco dancer stood there, baffled at all that was going on. She liked the treats that ended up in her bag, though.
  

Next came Queen Elsa with her sparkly blue dress and long braid. She knew all about trick or treating. 
 

The cutest octopus ever came along with Elsa. Eight little striped legs and a hat with big eyes. Such sweetness. I look at this photo and my heart swells with love and gratitude. 
 

Today is my birthday. We're having a big celebration next weekend with the three of us who have birthdays close together. But when Elsa's mother suggested a card for Nana, Elsa thought a cake might be better. So they made a small cake for last night, just enough for all of us to have a little slice. I feel very spoiled.

It's good to give into whimsy at times, don't you think? I had such fun dressing up last night. Playing along with the little ones makes me smile inside. Pure delight. 
 

 

31 comments:

Mersad said...

I wish you all a lot of fun for Halloween!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

cucki said...

happy halloween dear xx

Sara D.B. said...

What a lovely post, Lorrie! Watching those photos, one starts smiling: you all look so nice! Even your pumpkins look cute...
Happy Birthday!

ann said...

What we grandmas won't do for our little sweet ones. Happy Birthday. October is a good birthday month. I do like your leaf arrangement.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute...all of you! I think I would want to be a pirate, too...or a mermaid! lol Have fun! Hugs, Diane

kyllimarjaana said...

What a happy day! Happy Birthday!
xxx

Jill said...

I don't do scary any more either but I do love to have costumes. Your little grand kids are adorable! My youngest is an Elsa too this year and she told me that 5 kids in her dance class are Elsa. My 9 year old is going to be Barbie. It may be cold here so will sad to have to cover up the costumes for trick or treating. My daughter made my grand daughter a little red riding hood costume that I've only seen in pictures. And, on the previous post....It's very frustrating when people don't give credit! My pet peeve so to speak is when when people say it's "pinterest" inspired or a "pinterest project" and I want to correct them and say it's a blogger project that you FOUND through pinterest.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

You look great as a pirate!
Happy Trick or Treating with those sweet little ones !

Art and Sand said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Little ones make Halloween special and give us an excuse to dress up. I love your costume.

Mrs.Rabe said...

How fun! I bet they were so surprised.

Deanna

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a perfect evening - the kiddies are so cute

Andrea Dawn said...

Those grandbabies are adorable, Queen Elsa looks very regal. I suspect there will be many little Elsa's running around tomorrow night. Happy Birthday, cousin.

podso said...

You make a pretty pirate! I knew you were a fun grandma! What a neat memory for you all.

Anneliese said...

Oh yes.. I agree that you make a cute pirate! Love this post! Happy Birthday!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What great fun! The pumpkins, your private outfit and those little sweetie-pies of yours.

And a very happy birthday to you on your special day. I think cake in place of a card a very good idea!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

That was a great idea to have a practice trick or treat. It's such a fun holiday for kids and adults alike. Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to you.

GretchenJoanna said...

I like when people carve two or three pumpkins - then the personalities seem to come out and are so often surprising. I love your pirate's costume!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh they look just adorable and you make a fine pirate there, matey! :)

Decor To Adore said...

Argh Matey! Hope you had a delightful birthday!

Happy All Hallows Eve!

Rettabug said...

♫♫♫ Happy Birthday To YOUOOOO! ♫♫♫

I can't think of a better way to spend a birthday than one surrounded by sweet little grandchildren!! They (and YOU) look so adorable in their costumes.
Happy, Happy Birthday Lorrie & may you have many more such delightful celebrations!!

Hugs,
Rett

Jooles said...

Awwww such cuties!
Happy halloween and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Love Jooles x x x

Storybook Woods said...

You have the sweetest grandkids. I bet you are a wonderful grandma. Clarice

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

What a fine time of year to be born! I love your on the fly pirate creation and how you surprised your grands. I will take a page out of your grandparent idea and plan to do that get up next year!

materfamilias said...

Happy Birthday! and you obviously had a Happy Halloween!

Marilyn said...

Giving into whimsy is the best, especially when it is your birthday. Happy belated birthday! I love all the costumes and that you dressed up too. Next year I told my husband we are going to dress up and go out.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What sweet costumes! I know Elsa was very popular this year. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday and that the year ahead will be full of good health and many new blessings!

Dawna Motz said...

What fun! We enjoyed the neighbour boys stopping in at our place! Corban and Keegan were Ninjas and Timothy was a giraffe! Have a great week,,,,beautiful photos from the wedding you were at as well.

Windlost said...

Happy belated birthday! All my favorite people were born in October so I love it too!!! You look gorgeous in your costume! The little ones are so sweet. Xo Terri

aimee said...

So sorry I missed your birthday Lorrie! I am glad it was a good one, and yes, dressing up and playing make believe is great fun-both for the little ones and for those of us that are a bit older:)
Blessings, Aimee

Barbara said...

Your Halloween has infiltrated our country big time. Merchandise everywhere to get people to spend money. Trick or treat too but fortunately this year we only had one.

When I was a child we called it Duck Apple night and we ducked for apples in the bath or hanging on strings.

You did well with your pumpkins, another thing that has made its way over here in a few short years.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

LOVE this post and the pics with your sweet little ones! Your costume is great and you make the prettiest pirate ever!