Ok everyone...Let's talk Halloween

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Registered: 10-21-2003
Ok everyone...Let's talk Halloween
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Sat, 09-18-2004 - 12:49pm
I am in the process of deciding what both my kids will be for Halloween this year. Do any of you out there celebrate Halloween, and if so do your kids have any idea what they would like to dress up as? Or how about you yourself...do you get in the spirit (so to speak) and dress up too?

My Alicia wants to be a black cat again...she was one 2 years ago...so it's off to find a costume that will fit (believe it or not she has grown since she wore the last costume...not weight but in height). I am very lucky as my Aunt is handy with needle and thread and always makes Alicia's costumes (and now Jordan's as well)...because I almost failed sewing class back in junior high school!LOL

I haven't dressed up since I was a kid...but I'm thinking that maybe I will...at least for Alicia's party at school. Unfortunately I am NOT creative when it comes to halloween costumes for adults...so if anyone has any ideas for me pass them along.

Alicia loves trick or treating even though there is very few candies that she will eat, or that I let her eat. Chewy candy is out because of her dental surgery a few years ago (the dentist "suggested" we cut out chewy candy....hhhmmm she doesn't knwo my kid she doesn't like that stuff anyway). So guess who ends up eating her loot?! That's right DADDY!!!!! It's funny he prefers to stay home and hand out the treats...but he wants first crack at the goodies we bring home.

Does anyone have any good Halloween stories with your kids. Every year we go to certain houses...family members and we do my parents entire street...now we lived with them for 2 years while we were saving to build our house so Miss Alicia and her wheelchair are very recognizable figures in that neighbourhood. Usually the kids go to the door say trick or treat and get a handful of candy, and run to the next house. Not my daughter...we say trick or treat with her VOCA, and head switch...and the owners of the house run inside and come back with a separate bag...stuffed with things for ALicia. There is candy and chips, she has even got books. It makes my heart sing that people think about her enough to go Oand get something "just for my sweetie"--which is what most people call her!

Ok enough of my chatter...how about anyone else?! Shelley
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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 12:25am
I don't know what the kids are doing for halloween this year. We usually get costumes at dh's work, he gets 50%, and a thrift store to boot! Really cheap costumes. But this year, halloween is on Sunday. We ride the bus, and of course, there is no bus service on Sunday. And the malls close before trick or treating usually starts - I've heard rumors the mall won't do it this year :( We only let the kids trick or treat at the mall, and only to a few neighbors we know very well. Besides, it's always winter weather here by then, so its too cold to go traipsing around after dark. I can't imagine them missing halloween, so I have to figure somehting out soon. Oh, and odd wants to be a baboon this year. Where on earth can I get a baboon costume?

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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 12:28pm
A baboon costume would be very hard to find. What makes her want to be a baboon? Could you maybe find a cat pattern and just switch the head or something? There are a few malls around here that stay open for Halloween trick or treating, but we have never gone there. We also do not have Sunday shopping here in Nova Scotia...so I'm sure they will not be open to do it. Most of our trick or treating (other than my parents street) is done at family houses. We dreive to each of my Aunts, and into my grandparents and they have their friends who want to see teh kids' costumes waiting for us at their house. Although I 'm thinking that maybe this year we might just do our own street, we live right beside my inlaws and so my husband grew up with, literally, everyone on this street. So it's safe for us to go door to door here.

I remember when I was little we would go door to door through the whole area which fed our elementary school. And once we were about 10 or so...we were even allowed out by OURSELVES, alone!!!!! Ahh the good old days! LOL

Well good luck finding a baboon costume!
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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 2:27pm
Hello,

I just asked the kids about halloween today :D it's hard to find costumes that work with them and their chairs and such. Mark wants to be a pirate (easy enough) Maria wants to be a princess (that I can do) Rogie wants to be a witch (i can do that aswell) Rorie wants to be a horse (now that I am still contemplating) Chris wants to be a skeleton (I can find somthing i'm sure) and I am going to dress Lilly up as a pig hehehe we have an old pig costume from Rorie and it fits her perfectly so lilly will be a pig (she is the tiniest 4 year old I have ever seen so I think we will call her a piglette) That's what we decided on!.

For trick-or-treating we go to my aunts neighborhood. She lives in a bunch of town houses that are ALL wheel chair friendly so everyone can go and do it the same way. It's a nice area too with street lights and they prevent cars from entering the area in between 5 and 10 but they do provide parking if your late for the 5 dead line. It's a nice area to go in.

-Nya

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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 3:30pm
Wow, it's nice that there is an area that's ALL wheelchair accessible. Around here, we are pretty much teh only house that's wheelchair friendly...that's because we built on a slab. But even my parents and inlaws haven't gotten around to adding the ramps yet. I think that is because Alicia is still small enough to be carried, and she hasn't decided that she NEEDS to use her powerchair all the time!LOL

Hey with the amount of kids you have, a little recycling of costumes would be a good thing so hopefully Lilly won't mind being a piglet. Heck, we even recycle between my cousins kids and mine. Alicia is so little that Jordan cannot wear any of her old costumes (that would be okay for a boy to wear....dog, clown etc) because he is bigger now than she was when she wore them. Jordan at 20 months old is 33 inches tall and 28 pounds, Alicia at 6 yrs is 40 1/2 inches tall and 29.2 pounds. So you can imagine how small she was when she wore those costumes at age 2 and 3!LOL
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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 5:57pm
Hey,

Do you mind me asking what Alicia has?

-Nya

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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 6:13pm
Not at all. Alicia has athetoid cerebral palsy. She is "severe" as she doesn't sit up or walk or talk (verbally). She has a seizure disorder which is controlled by medication. But for all of that she is quite healthy. She can eat orally, and at 6 1/2 yrs old she decided that she will drink iced tea as well as milk...until now it has been milk and ONLY milk.

Her brain damage is centered on her motor skills, and they thought when sh ewas a baby that her vision might be impaired as well. But she sees an opthamologist every six months, and so far everything is ok. We know that she can see fine,she is tending to favour her left eye...for focusing but she does switch back and forth. If she stops doing that it will be an eye patch, and MAYBE surgery. But those are pretty much the only issues she has.

Of course with the cp she sees physio and occupational therapy, and assistive technology...all through school now, and there are many issues of how we can make it easier for her to get her point across. I think that of the worst "symptoms" that Alicia has, is the not talking. She is very bright, all her neuro pysch tests say so, and so not being able to let people know that she has something to say, or that she understands, is frustrating. Ok I guess that is it in a nutshell, if you'd like more specifics, just ask and I'll tell. Shelley
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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 8:12pm
Maria has CP, and a bunch of other problems to. She has no swallowing, or gag reflexes so she is tubne fed but she speaks. she also knows some sign because of her sisters but with the CP it's hard for her but she understands it. SHe does speech therapy, PT, OT as well.

-Nya

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Sun, 09-19-2004 - 10:03pm
I guess they talked about baboons one day at school, and i don't have an artistic/talented bone in my body, so I have to buy one. I remember going door to door, by ourselves, with the plastic masks, even to strangers houses and getting home made treats, and it was safe!. Oh, yes the good old days!

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Wed, 09-22-2004 - 10:09am

It sounds like you're all going to be having some major fun this year.