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I Killed Sirius Black

I spent the morning at a pumpkin patch, traveling over the mud-soaked roads on a tractor bed with straw bale seats.  It felt like the quintessential American experience.

I am going to be Bellatrix LeStrange for Halloween.  The twins are going as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, so my costume doesn’t quite fit with the theme (um… why would Bellatrix be taking the Chosen One trick-or-treating?).  I wanted to be Professor McGonagall, but what was I to do with my mass of brown curls?  The kids are also still on Book Two, so they only know Bellatrix LeStrange as Draco’s aunt, therefore, I have to bite my tongue and not scream out her most famous line lest I ruin Book Three.

What are you going to be for Halloween?  And if you’re not dressing up this year, what was your best costume ever?


1 knottedfingers { 10.24.11 at 2:40 pm }

I’m going to be Urahara Kisuke from Bleach. My youngest child is going as Raiden from Mortal Kombat (the movie) and my oldest is a faerie

2 Eggs In A Row { 10.24.11 at 2:54 pm }

I am not a big Halloween fan, but I do have this memory: I loved unicorns when I was little, and when I was in 1st grade, we had just moved to Arizona far from my friends and family in the mid-west. My mom sewed me a uni-corn outfit! I was so proud. Even when the little mean 3rd graders pointed and laughed. I didn’t care. Now that I see how my mom isn’t that much for art’s and crafts, I realize that that costume was a true labor of love.

3 manymanymoons3433 { 10.24.11 at 3:10 pm }

We are cat burglers all the way. A long sleeved black shirt, black yoga pants, a pillowcase with some monopoly money and “jewels” hanging out the top, and a black knit cap and we’re good to go. There is nothing better than celebrating in yoga pants, or my “eating” pants as I like to call them!

Your costumes sound awesome and you’re a good mom for not spoiling the next book. 🙂

4 May { 10.24.11 at 3:30 pm }

Our family should meet up with yours. We have: Hermione Granger, Professor McGonagall, Severus Snape, and… A Muggle Garbage Truck Driver.

5 BigP's Heather { 10.24.11 at 3:33 pm }

We are no where near that exciting. Katherine demanded to be a cupcake. So, I’m going as the baker.

6 HereWeGoAJen { 10.24.11 at 3:39 pm }

I’m not dressing up myself. Elizabeth is going as Eloise in the morning and Madeline in the evening. My best costume ever was when a group of my friends insisted that everyone had to dress as witches. I went as a sandwitch. (Not a witch made out of sand either, but a sandwich with bread and tomatoes and a witch hat.)

7 jjiraffe { 10.24.11 at 3:58 pm }

I have decided that Darcy and I are going as Vincent Vega and Mrs. Mia Wallace. I just have the find the wig. The twins are undecided and won’t let me purchase their costumes lest they find a better one: it’s freaking me out.

Love your kids’ costumes 🙂 And Bellatrix: wow. I hope we get to see photos!

8 Blanche { 10.24.11 at 3:59 pm }

Little One is going to be a tinkerbelle-esque fairy thanks to the sewing genius skills of my mother. Since we’re probably only hitting a couple of the closest neighbor’s houses (mainly to show her off), I’m going in my usual costume of ‘tired first-time mother.’

9 Geochick { 10.24.11 at 4:08 pm }

Please post photos of Bellatrix! Awesome costume idea. I have nothing for this year, but Baby X will be a neon pumpkin thanks to the sewing skills of my mom. (something I apparently did not inherit)

My best costume ever had to be dressing up like an old crotchety lady with an old crotchety husband (DH). The fact that I could let myself be seen in public looking hideous was a huge step for me. Normally I go for cutesy costumes…

10 JustHeather { 10.24.11 at 4:28 pm }

Halloween isn’t really celebrated here, but I will be going to a costume party, maybe as a black cat. I’ll wear my devil horns hair clips to work on the 31st (did that last year and got tons of laughs and looks). *big grin*
My all time favorite costume has to be my fallen angel outfit! Long purple hair (my own the first time), white angel wings, short black dress (vintage 70s dress I wore for prom), black fishnet gloves and tights and my knee-high platform boots. Can’t forget the goth-ish make-up.

11 JDragonfly { 10.24.11 at 5:22 pm }

My best costume ever was Pippy Longstockings. My mom braided my long, blonde hair around a wire hanger and my braids stood straight up! I was in the second grade and it was a huge hit.

I really, REALLY wanted to dress up this year. I was going to decorate a cardboard box as an oven (with the door open) and attach two hamburger buns to a t-shirt. But, since I really do have two buns in the oven, I wasn’t up to hosting a party and all my friends declined to host one for me to attend! So, alas, I’ll likely be at home, in bed, by 8pm (at the latest!). At least this will be my last lame Halloween – next year I’ll have to think of two great baby costumes!

12 a { 10.24.11 at 5:41 pm }

I don’t dress up, but my daughter found herself a chicken costume that she decided she needed to have. It’s pretty hilarious – I just have to hope for cold weather, as it is entirely made of fleece. Last year, she wanted to be a spooky house (?!), so I had to buy a bunch of felt and glue and stickers (including cricket stickers. I should send them to you as part of the desensitization campaign) to make a spooky house. I’m not really crafty, and I can’t sew, but I have to say that it turned out pretty well.

When I was a kid, my favorite costume was the year I went as a nun. It was a good costume.

13 a { 10.24.11 at 5:42 pm }

Does Professor McGonagall have red hair? I thought that was what I remembered from the movies…why don’t you just get yourself some of that hair spray paint? Although, I think you’ll make a good, if petite, Bellatrix.

14 Denver Laura { 10.24.11 at 6:02 pm }

Best Costume: went as the chick from the Blair Witch Project. Had the gray cap and video camera. Plus I had a flashlight and eye drops to recreate the “I’m soooo scared” line from the movie. Warmest costume EVER!

This year I’m going in my Burning Man costume. But it may snow in which case I’m playing scrooge and eating all of the candy myself.

If the twins have not read the 3rd book, is there a chance that somebody you meet will ruin it for them once they see your costume? I haven’t read the books and stopped watching the films after #3 so I don’t have a clue as to who Bellatrix is.

15 loribeth { 10.24.11 at 6:25 pm }

I don’t dress up these days, although I am considering buying a witch’s hat or deelybobbers of some kind to wear at the door while I’m handing out candy. ; )

Best costume ever: when I was in university, my girlfriend (attending another university a two-hour bus ride away) came to visit the weekend of our residence Halloween party. We decided we were going to be flowers, & went shopping for costume supplies. We made our own flower headdresses out of yellow bristol board: made a sort of headband base & cut out & attached individual petals to it (bent them & made a backing so that they would stand up), & ties for under the chin. Wore green pantihose with shorts & T-shirts under green garbage bags with holes for the head & arms, and colourful makeup on the eyes & cheeks. Voila!! We looked great, if I do say so myself. ; )

We got to the party & would you believe we almost immediately ran into two guys dressed as bumblebees? They made a beeline for us (pardon the pun) & hovered around us all night. ; )

16 Tiara { 10.24.11 at 6:29 pm }

My best costume was a Ceiling Fan…I dressed as a cheerleader cheering for ceilings…it was a big hit!

17 Astral { 10.24.11 at 7:22 pm }

I went as a raven one year. I sewed the feathers on a skirt for my tail and I had them fanned around my neck. My nose was black felt over cardboard. I am still very proud of it! I so should have had a picture taken. I don’t know if I’m going to dress up this year. Daughter is going as a flapper and the twins will be a koala bear and polar bear. I wanted to go as The Toy Story family but I couldn’t convince E to dress as Jessie. Maybe next year!

18 Kimberly { 10.24.11 at 7:58 pm }

I love the fact that you are going with Bellatrix. I’m going as Cruella DeVille this year. My deciding factor in this is that my hair is the right length to style and (spray) color it the necessary black and white without having to wear an itchy wig.

My favorite costume was from last year. I went as the road cone zombie from the game Plants vs. Zombies. People loved it. If they didn’t know about the game I was just a zombie with a road cone on my head. But if they knew the game I was a omg! Zombie WITH A ROAD CONE ON YOUR HEAD!! I went to work dressed like this and gave out gummy brain candies to all of my customers.

19 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 10.24.11 at 8:43 pm }

Um but she doesn’t kill him until Book 5.

You could have put your hair in a tight bun for Prof. M, but Bellatrix is way sexier. Way.

20 Kristi { 10.24.11 at 9:07 pm }

I am going once again as the Spider Queen. We have lots of Spiders decorating our yard so I am there queen.

Please post a pic of you in your halloween costume.

21 Emily { 10.24.11 at 10:47 pm }

I Love Halloween! That is an awesome costume. Please post pics! I used to dress up all the time, but since getting married and buying our house we just have friends over, eat lots of Halloweeny food and pass out candy. I love seeing all the trick-or-treaters, especially the little ones. I guess I like to torture myself.

I have had lots of costumes I thought were awesome, but I think the best one was when I was 7. I had a strange obsession with skunks, so I helped my mom make a full furry skunk costume complete with huge tail down to the ground. Wish I still had it.

22 Lynn { 10.24.11 at 11:06 pm }

Well, I’m probably not dressing up this year. There’s just been too much going on to even think about costumes. However, Fall is my favourite time of year and Halloween is one of my favourite holidays.

Interestingly enough, my favourite costume I’ve ever worn was as Professor McGonagall, worn 10 years ago when I took my niece trick-or-treating the last time before I moved to England. She went as Hermione. We spent the 2 weeks before Halloween making our costumes. We bought some navy blue but with an almost silvery sheen to it. I sewed it by hand because I hadn’t learned to use my sewing machine yet. Then we made the badges to show we were in Gryffindor.

We had a great time making the outfits and it was so much fun trick-or-treating with my niece. One of my favourite Halloween memories!

23 Kathy { 10.24.11 at 11:12 pm }

I look forward to getting going on the Harry Potter series with Sean soon, as then I will better understand and appreciate all the references you make to the books and story lines. Your costumes sound great!

The kids are going as Woody and Jessie from Toy Story. I am dressing up as Buzz Lightyear and Bob is wearing t-shirt with the “little green aliens” on it.

My favorite costume ever was when I was “Devil with a Blue Dress On!” I wore a blue dress, with devil ears and a tail! I borrowed the idea from a costume party I had been at another year and thought it was fun and clever! 🙂

24 endoandbeyond { 10.25.11 at 3:29 am }

I have never really got into Halloween but your costumes sound super cool!
I had a visit to the pumpkin patch this weekend, it was such a fun time!

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