Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Sometimes I feel a little weird dressing up as an adult (I’ve been known to do it anyway) but collaborating with my daughter and making her costume every year has become one of our favorite things to do together. In the past, she’s been Winnie the Pooh’s honey pot, Little Red Riding Hood, a gypsy, a witch and last year she was a ghost bride. This summer, she decided that she wanted to be Poison Ivy after having played the Lego: Batman 2 game with my husband and me.
I am ashamed to say that I am not a very frugal shopper when it comes to this Halloween stuff. I could buy her a store bought costume, but that’s not as fun. And when I make custom costumes for her, it gets to the point where I could scrounge around and try to find things for cheap (which takes a lot of time and planning) or I could just buy the stuff where I know I’ll find it (Joann Fabric and Michael’s Craft stores!) (By the way, if anyone knows where to find decorative poison ivy – let me know. ;)) This year, a key piece to her costume – the green leotard, didn’t show up before Halloween! It’s a somewhat long story, but in summary it involves ordering from eBay in September, a dead mail center at a post office, a new order from Amazon with express shipping and then…. Hurricane Sandy. Ugh. So anyway, it arrived the -day after- Halloween! I used a green t-shirt hastily purchased at Michael’s for Halloween night. After all of this and then finally getting the leotard in the mail, I really wanted to take some photos to capture what I think was one of her best costumes to date. Of course, I had to make sure this was ok with Sheridon. :p She agreed and was very excited about the idea!
Since she was Poison Ivy, we went to my favorite places to take engagement, children or family portraits: Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania (Fortunately, Sheridon also loves it there!) It was nice to find an indoor/heated garden setting for taking her Halloween portraits. The only problem I have with these photos is that she’s too darn cute to be as evil as Poison Ivy. I will just have to look at these photos as Poison Ivy before she lost her way.
By the way, we forgot her “whip” at home, but just so you know, she was not without a viney weapon for trick or treating. :)