03 November 2014
Day 34 / 104 - Double, Double Toil and Trouble
Our standard for Halloween festivities, and any trick-or-treating, has always been your costume must be a character. By holding to that standard, this holiday (like anything else) becomes a teachable moment. We haven't been very festive the past few years mostly because our home is no longer in the suburbs. Plus, one year Halloween was cancelled due to this blizzard. However, this year my daughter had other plans.
Many weeks ago she began planning a Halloween overnight with one of her BFFs. After a few discussions, they opted to dress as the witches from Shakespeare's Macbeth. We did a little research to discover the witches' role in the tragedy.
But, to make this event even more special, her friend's mother undertook the vast chore of teaching the girls how to sew their costumes. After picking out the pattern and the material, my daughter spent a couple afternoons at their home designing and constructing the perfect Shakespeare hag costume.
On Halloween, they roped in another friend to complete the witch trio, carried cauldrons to hold their candy, and voiced the phrase "Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble." when knocking on doors. Naturally, they dressed a younger brother as Macbeth. You can see the ladies cursing poor Macbeth in the very first photo of this post. Fortunately, they came home only with candy and without any eyes of newts in their cauldrons.