Halloween 2013 had to be one of my two favorite Halloween’s EVER! I know everyone has already seen a few of the pictures from that Thursday night, but I figured it would be fun to document the story of how it all came together.
Months ago, we picked a family theme but hadn’t yet started work on our trunk or costumes…imagine that, I was procrastinating (it’s never happened before). Then, at the beginning of October, we happened upon a Barnes & Noble free kid event that happened to be a Star Wars theme. The Miller’s (Mike and the kids) met us there – and they were already dressed in their Halloween costumes. The next day….the idea was born. A Two-Family, Two-Trunk Star Wars Halloween Theme.
Since the Miller’s already had their costumes – we knew what NOT to pick. They were going to be Darth Vader, a Jedi, and two little Storm Troopers. That left MANY characters available for the LG Fam.
AJ (with a little coaxing) picked Yoda:
And Nicholas chose Boba Fett (because he has a gun AND a jet-pack, of course)
Joe and I just HAD to be Han Solo and Princess Leia :) So fun! But..the hard part had yet to come….
The Sunday before Halloween, we all met at our house to figure out how we were going to decorate our cars. We decided to attempt to build the Millennium Falcon with a bunch of awesome cardboard pieces that Mike came upon.
We formed what we thought looked sort-of like the front of the Millennium Falcon while Joe “over-saw” the work..proof in the picture above…ha ha. We labeled each of the pieces of cardboard and Mike said he would take them home and try to spray paint them to make it look more like the Falcon.
The night before Halloween, Joe carved our pumpkin while I worked a few other projects in the garage.
Thanks to the girls at work – they talked me into making ‘sock-buns’ for my hair and I actually pulled it off!
And…it was FINALLY Game Time. I left work early on Halloween (to avoid traffic and to be sure I had plenty of time to help get the cars ready).
And then….Mike brought out the cardboard. It. Was. AMAZING! I was in total shock. He spray painted the whole thing!
My two Littles – they had been asking for weeks when they could dress up ‘for real’ (green face paint and all).
(The Death Star pinata from Nicholas birthday party made it’s Final appearance before ending up in the trash)
We all had so much fun at Trunk-or-Treat that night. It was fun to watch everyone’s face when they walked up to Trick-or-Treat at our Trunk. The Mom’s would all say “oh, look how cute!” and the Dad’s were all saying “Whoa! That is so awesome!” The kids there were dressed up as a Darth Vader or little jedi’s were REALLY excited to battle our Darth Vader and get their pictures when us.
We were missing our little girl Storm Trooper – she was home sick on Halloween night :( And it’s nearly a miracle that we were able to get all 7 of us in the group picture above. If you have ever been to our Trunk-or-Treat, you know how BUSY it is and how fast the kids run off and do their own thing! Oh, and Joe also helps with the food every year, so he was manning his area on the other side of the parking lot for the first hour.
My favorite picture from the night has to be the picture of Han Solo and Princess Leia with the Falcon in the background. A perfect match
Thanks to Mike – our Trunk won FIRST place in the annual decorating contest. He definitely went above and beyond with his amazing artistic ability.
I didn’t want the night to end. It was such a fun family night — although I didn’t actually see the boys all that much. Nicholas was off with his friends on the giant slide and the obstacle course jumpy. AJ spent quite a bit of time watching Star Wars (the movie) on the iPad by our trunk. Joe was cooking and then I had volunteered to be one of the MC’s to close out the event. What a great night. It. Was. EPIC!
May the Force Be with You…always