Obviously, I’m Going to Force Some Halloween Pictures On You

 . . . but fortunately, the light was disappearing so fast, I didn’t get many. Count your blessings.

Months ago, Ella said she wanted to be a wolf, so clearly, we needed Ani to be Little Red Riding Hood. And then it was a quick jump to decide I’d be the grandmother and Bart would play the woodsman.

We thought of this forever ago, but I waited until Wednesday to do anything about making them. Good times, and also trips to Target, Ross, Goodwill, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Wal-mart all in one (long) morning.

After a while, Ella got tired of wearing her hood, so I wore it and morphed into the wolf dressed up as the Grandma. 
(I’m sad you can’t see how mega-cute these buckets that Personal Creations sent us are – you can see the fronts of them in this photo I snapped on Instagram earlier in the week while Ella was pretend trick-or-treating around the house). 

The girls were both completely enamoured with trick-or-treating. We handed Ani her half-full bucket after the first street, and she got this enormous grin on her face. For the rest of the evening, she’d pull one candy after another out, hold it up in the air, and giggle a little. It was ridiculously cute.

Also, last night, I went upstairs to say goodnight to Ella, and when I snuggled her close to me, she sniffed my face and said, “I feel like I’m smelling something . . .  like chocolate.”


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  • Reply Elaine November 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    So cute! We were actually Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma, and the Big Bad Wolf for my daughter's second Halloween when she was a year (and two weeks) old. I'll send you a picture.

  • Reply Chrissie November 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Super cute family costume idea!

  • Reply Cami and Juan November 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    One of the cutest Halloween families I've seen! And simple to put together too.

    • Reply Janssen November 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Yes, it was super easy!

  • Reply RA November 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Awesome group costume! Last year, my old college roommate dressed as a shark with a gray hoodie similar to Ella's – teeth sewn all around it. Her husband went as a shark-bite victim. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel November 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    So cute!! We did little red riding hood last year but it was not nearly as successful as yours. And, jilly has a great nose and can always always smell any treat on my breath.

    • Reply Janssen November 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Those kids! Can't get away with anything.

  • Reply Erica November 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    bahahaha! BUSTED!

  • Reply Morris November 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Oh my goodness my daughter did the same thing to me the other day. When I said I didn't know what she was talking about (ugh, liar) she said "Open your mouth. Go AHHHHHHH" I laughed so hard. Who knew mom's get caught too?

  • Reply Meg {Boo Boos & Briefcases} November 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Adorable costumes and stories!

  • Reply Katrina Rose November 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Busted! Too cute.

    • Reply Janssen November 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Kind of embarrassing 🙂

  • Reply Kate and Mim November 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    you guys look awesome

  • Reply The well rounded mom November 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    So perfect for your little red head and your animal lover!

    • Reply Janssen November 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I know! Little RED Riding hood in every sense of the word.

  • Reply Lindsey C November 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I find it hilarious that Ella wanted to be a wolf for Halloween! Definitely the cutest wolf I have ever seen. You guys look awesome!

    • Reply Janssen November 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      She never stops cracking me up. Four years in a row now that she's been an animal.

  • Reply Sanja T November 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Adorable costumes! Kids can always smell sweets. It's the funniest thing:).


  • Reply runtspickins November 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    What a beautiful family! You all look great! =]
    I went out with my niece who dressed up as Tinkerbell. She is just the cutest thing! The first house we went to, the people let her pick her candy out of the bucket so from that point on when someone would try to give her the candy instead, she would pull the bucket down and get her own – LOL (She's two by the way.) And then she would run away screaming, "tank you!!!!"


  • Reply Meghan January 2, 2014 at 3:01 am

    These turned out great~

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