Tomorrow is Halloween and the van Herksen family is VERY excited. Well...Sam, Luka and I are. Halloween is not big in the Netherlands, it is hard for daddy to get psyched for this North American tradition. Growing up Halloween was always a big deal and my mom never disappointed with costumes, so I have a lot to live up to. This year I think we did pretty good. I usually go with a group theme, but this year I let the boys pick.
Luka decided 2.5 weeks ago that he really wanted to be Rafiki...but not the one from the movie. He wanted to be Rafiki from the stage production of The Lion King. This kid doesn't mess around. Like I have said in a previous post...he thinks the cartoon is fake and the theater version is the real deal. So how did we do? Actually, we did really well. Luka won 1st place at the Costume Parade at school on Saturday. He was a trooper. The contest took two hours to get started and this is not the most kid-friendly ensemble (did you see those fingers). But Luka stayed in character until the announcement...then the fingers, head piece and other parts came off so he could jump, bob for apples and just have fun. I guess all the walking around New York City looking for beads, fabric, feathers and other Lion King looking things paid off. What a mom will do for their children, right?
Now Sam's choice was....Mickey Mouse or he says "Minny." I thought it was a mispronunciation, but we have Minnie ears at home(I wore them last year) and those are the ears he wanted. I didn't comply with this request and as you can see the Mickey ears lasted about one minute on his head (only able to get one photo with them on). I guess he wanted to be Minnie. But either way he makes a darn cute Mickey Mouse. I like that the costume is really simple. I am hoping that tomorrow he will wear the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ears I have from Disney World...maybe that will go over better than the plain mouse ears that were part of the costume. I even have white gloves, but there was no way I could coerce him into wearing those.
Let's see how the boys do tomorrow with the costume party at school and Trick-or-Treating at night in a nearby neighborhood. Will keep you posted on that...for now I wanted to show off our Halloween 2012 costumes....