At Halloween we've taken to leaving the lights off and not buying candy. We do, however, enjoy the holiday through the grandkids.
The girl who loves pink and princesses and rainbows and unicorns went
totally in the other direction, dressing as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange
from Harry Potter stories. Abby converted Vi's black flower-girl dress
into a fabulous take on the movie costume worn by Helena Bonham Carter. Eric made an appropriately crooked wand, and
Vi added just the right sense of drama, casting spells at every opportunity. (She went as the red dragon Smaug for two years, so this was not too surprising.)
In the movies, Bellatrix has on her arm a "dark mark" that identifies her as a follower of He Who Shall Not Be Named. We knew Vi's arms would need to be covered for warmth, so I drew the dark mark in silver glitter glue on the black trick-or-treat bag I made for her. Just before I finished it, Vi said she hoped the skull wouldn't frighten little children, and she wondered about changing the skull to a heart. I told her I thought the snake was the scariest part, and we decided to stick with the original. But I gotta love her combination of scary wizardry and real-life concern.
When the kids finished trick-or-treating, they handed out candy at their house, literally jumping with delight. And since they turn over most of their collected candy to the Switch Witch, who in turn gives them a toy, they were more than willing to share a handful of Butterfingers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with Grandma.