October 29, 2021

Friday Night Photos

Last week, I had a LOT of photos to post on Friday, but the opposite is true for today. I thought it would be fun to post Halloween memes, and after spending about an hour and a half looking through Pinterest for them, I discovered that I already did that post last year! Haha. I really need to start checking BEFORE I work on a post. With my blog being a decade old now, I can't remember most of the posts I've written.

My sister is working on a project and asked me to send her a bunch of pictures of the kids. I was going through pictures and some of their old Halloween costumes caught my eye. So, I decided it would be fun to post pictures of my kids' Halloween costumes through the years.

Even though they are 15 and 17, they are still planning to trick-or-treat this year. I don't mind, as long as they wear a costume! I think it's cool to see teens out trick-or-treating--harmless fun.

I have a photo of each of them every year except for 2020! I cannot find a picture of Noah and for the life of me, I cannot remember what he dressed as. But anyway, I'll start in the beginning: this was in 2004, when Noah was just three months old...

Noah in 2005... (I was about six months pregnant with Eli then)

In 2006, Noah was super into Toy Story. I love this Woody costume! And my sister sent Eli this basset hound costume--she's obsessed with basset hounds, so when she saw it, she wanted him to wear it.

In 2007, I bought Noah's spider costume at a garage sale and I borrowed the monkey costume from a friend for Eli. It was super cold, so their costumes were great.

In 2008, I wanted to make their Halloween costumes. My mom used to make mine and the handmade ones are the best! Noah chose to be Batman, and Eli was a puppy dog.

In 2009, I got each of these at a garage sale for $2, and I LOVED them! They were super warm so the kids didn't have to pile on layers and the costumes were super cute. 

That was the last year that I had any influence on what they wanted to dress as, hahaha. The whole point of Halloween is dressing up and getting to be something you're not for a night, so I've never told them what they have to dress as or stopped them from wearing what they'd like. In 2010, they didn't want me to make costumes for them, even though I begged. This is what they chose: Noah was a transformer and Eli was a zombie pirate.

In 2011, again, I just let them choose. Noah was a ghoul (I don't even really know what that is!) and Eli was a ninja. I think Noah's also had a mask, but he didn't want to wear it.

I don't remember what Noah dressed as for 2012, because this is the only picture I have! He'd already changed out of his costume. But Eli dressed as a Detroit Tigers baseball player.

In 2013, you can tell it was a cold day--look at all their layers! Noah was a ghoul again and Eli was a regular zombie this time ;)

This is the only picture I have from 2014, and they'd both changed out of their costumes at this point. If I remember correctly, it was raining, so they were cold and wet and had changed into dry clothes. Eli said he thinks he was a zombie again and Noah doesn't remember what he dressed as.

In 2015, Noah dressed as a doctor and Eli as a fisherman. Noah ended up putting on more layers and a lab coat over it because--once again--it was cold!

In 2016, Noah was Indiana Jones. I loved this costume! I had to look up a picture of Indiana Jones and then I went to Goodwill and Salvation Army and put this together--even the leather jacket, bag, boots, and hat! It looked really close to the picture I had. And it was relatively cheap, considering the quality. As much as I hated Eli's choice, I didn't try to talk him out of it--he was the killer from the movie Happy Death Day. I had taken him to the movies to see it and that's what he wanted to be for Halloween. At least the costume was easy to put together! All black clothes with a hoodie and we just had to buy the mask.

In 2017, Noah wanted to be Michael Myers and Eli was a robber. The robber costume was fun! It reminded me of when I was a kid; a robber was a fairly common costume back then. I just sold the Michael Myers costume a couple of weeks ago on Facebook Marketplace.

In 2018, Eli just wore the same costume as the previous year. For a minute, I got really confused when looking at pictures--Eli looks the same! But then I looked at the details (his shoes, the shirt underneath, and braces on his teeth!). Noah and his girlfriend-at-the-time dressed as 90's aerobic instructors.

And this was last year. Eli dressed as Doc Brown from Back to the Future. He went trick-or-treating with his friend who dressed like Marty McFly. (Fun fact: I've never seen Back to the Future!). I just asked Noah what he dressed as and he said he doesn't have a picture, but he threw together a very-last-minute costume of someone from The Office (something else I've never seen). 

This year, Eli is dressing as a pirate and I'm not sure what Noah chose--he ordered a mask (hopefully it'll arrive tomorrow like it's supposed to!) and he said he has the clothes to go with it. I totally forgot about my Snow White costume that I made to wear this year (I don't have anywhere to wear it to, so it doesn't really matter!). I'm going to have to try it on; I remember there was one part I hadn't finished yet. I think it was the white collar that snaps on. Anyway, I may or may not wear it.

I hope there is good weather on Sunday. I love passing out candy and seeing kids in their costumes! Of course, I'll be missing Mark. He would have been 66 this year. That seems crazy! I always thought he was about 10-15 years younger than he actually was. It wasn't until he died that I learned his actual age (he was never sure when I asked him on his birthdays).

I wrote a post last year that I will just link to here. I won't be writing a post about him this Halloween, because the post last year really says it all!


  1. Your pictures are the best and your kids have the best mom! I too hope it's not cold and rainy. Happy Halloween!

  2. We ran out of candy for the first time in 21 years in this neighborhood this year! Despite a drizzle, the kids were out in full force. So fun to see all the costumes. Enjoy!

  3. Ugh! It's a sad fact that you haven't seen Back to the Future! I feel like if you watched it now, the nostalgia and reason that it's a beloved movie would be lost. So I fear you're just too darn late to even enjoy it now. Booo!


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