I know I've told you before, and I'll tell you again...our family takes Halloween very very seriously. Even before London was a glimmer in our eyes, Rex and I would sit out on the porch of our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, on the Sunday before Halloween, and the crowds of ghosts, goblins, princesses, prom queens and football players would gather in front of the shops on Mount Street for the Bay Head Halloween Parade.
The year Maddie was born, my niece Candy sewed a homemade pumpkin costume for Baby Maddie and a farmer girl costume for London, and London pulled her sister along the parade route from Mount Stree to the Bay Head Firehouse in a hay-filled (aaaahhchoo!) wagon. The girls won a trophy that year.
Last year, we competed as a family...sort of. While you may be familiar with two Disney characters -- Hannah Montana and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) -- you may not be aware that they were sisters. London wanted to dress up as Hannah Montana, but Maddie had a theme picked out for our family...Maddie as Sleeping Beauty, Rex as her handsome prince, and Roxy as Maleficent, the thirteenth fairy who was not invited to princess Aurora's christening. When Maddie saw her sister's costume, she coveted the blonde wig and microphone and had to have one of her own, and the legend was born: Aurora Montana! The panel of judges smiled upon us and we won a family trophy in the Bay Head Halloween parade last year.
Today, I bought our family's Halloween costumes online...the girls convinced me to be Barbie, and Rex will be Ken, in our coordinating outfits from the Sixties. We'll be rocking the parade route with not one but two Sharpays from High School Musical: Sharpay Golf and Sharpay End of the Year in gold hot pants. Do you think we've got a shot at a trophy this year?