I have such fond memories of Halloween as a child. And a big part of that excitement was planning the costumes.
My mom could sew, but it was my dad who always made our costumes. He could make anything we dreamed up, from a perfect replica of the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid, to Wonder Woman's American flag costume including a gold boomerang headband and bullet-deflecting wrist bands.
On Halloween night, my mom would make a big batch of homemade chili and dinner rolls (that were to die for) and we'd spend the evening trick-or-treating and hanging out with the family.
Since then, I've kept up the tradition of elaborate costume making. Each year the kids and I try to think of something original, or a twist on the regular, and go for it, like: my son's head on his own platter, a full-bodied chocolate donut with sprinkles, jedi's, witches, mummies, princesses, smurfs, zombies, even an R2-D2 costume with a giant handmade paper mache helmet that I sported 8 months pregnant.
I love Halloween!