I trick-or-treated for the first time when I was in the fifth or sixth grade. We went to church fall festivals before that– you know the kind–where if you’re dressing up as a clown, you’d better be a cheery one because nothing nightmare-inducing allowed. And no cobwebs because those are of the devil.

Is there really such a thing as a non-TERRIFYING clown?

I love dressing up, & just like kids being my excuse to read children’s books & watch Disney movies, they’re my in for Halloween costumes. In the past, we’ve only handed out candy, but this year, we’re thinking of doing a little treating, ourselves.

Collins, circa 2015

Emma, circa 2016

Jude, circa 2017

In my head, I thought we would do a fun family-themed costume. The options are endless! I listened to a podcast the other day where the guest talked about Halloween being her favorite holiday because she goes all out decorating and makes her family’s coordinating costumes. I looked sister up. Last year, they were Nintendo-themed. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach– the whole gang.

I caught myself before I could even start– no, Jenna, you don’t sew. Do you remember this about yourself? Hobby Lobby scares you. This is not your gifting at this present time. Pick a different lane.

So then I thought– okay, we can still be creative! Popeye & Olive Oyl– Alice in Wonderland (Jude would be the cutest Mr. Rabbit & Emma would slay as the Queen of Hearts)– The Wizard of Oz (minus the fact that none of our kids have seen the movie yet & could care less to dress up like them). Jude could be a baby elephant! No, wait. We could all be superheroes! We could buy wings & tutus & tights & piece things together.

But is that how I want to spend my time? Is this my lane? No? Okay, moving on.

You know what I did the other night in bed right before I fell asleep? I ordered all of our costumes over Amazon. There was about zero creativity involved. And you know what? That’s okay. It turns out when it comes to trick-or-treating this year, my lane is EASY. My lane is NO PRESSURE. My lane is RELAX. Maybe we’ll get around to Alice or Dorothy next year. Maybe not. I’m pretty sure my kids could wear their pajamas & be in bliss as long as people keep giving them candy. Are family costumes so adorable & fun? Yes. And we’ll have one this year. From Amazon.


  1. Ginni on October 29, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Ahhh – Baby Collins as a minion!!! I could stare at that picture all day! It’s the cutest!

    • Jenna Winegeart on October 31, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      one of my favorite “costumes!!”

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