Aza Donnelly, MHA board member

by Aza Donnelly

MHA Board member

I love Halloween. Pretty much everything about it. The aesthetic, the history, the time of year, the 1983 version of Disney’s Halloween Treat that I scrounge up on Youtube and force my kids to watch every year.  But the costumes –I have a real love hate relationship with those things.


As a community, us homeschoolers do up Halloween pretty well.  Lots of events, lots of fun with friends, lots of costume-wearing opportunities.  Regardless of my kids’ ages, the stakes seem to go up every year as far as what I am assisting these kids to assemble. This year, one kid is dressing up as our ginger tabby, the other as Peridot from Steven Universe.

So for fun, I would like to tell you what I have learned about assembling Halloween costumes over the years:


I am allergic to all feathers, including feather boas, which seem to be a costume necessity.


There is no glue that will hold fake fur onto anything when your kids are out trick or treating in 25 degrees.


You can spend three days making a cheshire cat costume, and then at 6pm on Halloween your child will want to be a Pirate, and you will make it happen.


You can scour the universe for elf ears, (or vampire fangs, just the fangs mind you) and your child will wear them for two seconds, and then decide that they just aren’t that important.


Your costume won’t look like the one on Pinterest.


Face paint is itchy, like really, really itchy.


Peroxide does not bleach hair.


Sharpie markers are a costume assembler’s best friend, as are safety pins, dollar store mittens, cat ears, a witches hat, and eyeliner.  But never, ever, hot glue.


Your kid may reject parts of her costume because it scares the cats.


Your kid may reject parts of her costume because it scares her.


Some random Halloween themed lessons………


When a group of kids come home from trick or treating, they dump all of their candy on the living room floor to trade. You will find the rejects under your couch 6 months later.


Your kids will never understand why you insist on carving a turnip year after year. And they won’t think it’s as cool as you do.


The classic Disney cartoon, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, may annoy your child for weeks because the Headless Horseman’s horse didn’t have a name.


If you make the mistake of telling your kid the Vinder Viper story on October 1, you may have to tell it 5 times a day for the rest of the month.


I know there is more, way more. But I don’t have time to think of it all right now. Today I am drawing alien heads on boxer shorts, and sewing fake fur stripes to leggings.

I want to know, what are your favorite Halloween lessons?