Guardians of the Galaxy

Two weeks ago I sat down to write a summary of 2014. As I started to think about everything that happened last year I realized that I never posted our Halloween story. So instead of an end of year summary, I give you Halloween 2014 in January 2015.


It started in the summer, Ruslan insisted that he was going to be “a Police” and wear the same costume as 2013. He still dressed in it on occasion and enjoyed wearing it to drive his police car. He was set that he would wear it again.

Juliana went back and forth on her choice and finally decided on Ana and my mom ordered a very fancy dress for her.

And then it happened, Wyatt decided that he wanted to be Star Lord and it snowballed from there. As soon as the Star Lord costume was ordered, Scott decided that he would be Groot and he would construct a costume. For weeks there was intense costume activity in our home.

It started with building a mannequin and a stand to hold it, followed by the outfit that all of the pieces were build on. There were many layers, lots of glue sticks and paint and more layers. It was quite the process. For most of October our living room included a daily evolving costume and for the final week it took over the garage. I was very happy when Halloween arrived. Scott ordered the mask and gloves and then heavily embellished to match the rest of the costume.

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Once the building process had started, Scott started convincing the other children to change their costumes. Juliana didn’t take much convincing and soon a Gamora costume had been ordered along with a long, dark wig.

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There were questions from the children – “what costume are you wearing?” Don’t worry I had a role in this production – I was a character wrangler. I kept children contained, adjusted Groot’s costume as necessary, carried extra flowers, and by the end of trick-or-treating I was carrying: Star Lord’s gloves and mask, Rocket’s gloves and mask, Gamora’s wig, a stick with lights from Groot’s costume and 2 bags of candy. I don’t think I could have handled all of that and a costume of my own.


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