This kid absolutely REVELS in Halloween. It's the one time of year she can dress like a gothic body snatcher and not get in trouble for intimidating her classmates. She would probably dress this way every day, if the school had more lenient dress codes AND we had a portable defibrilator at home to revive her father periodically. She starts obsessing about her costume MONTHS before the big event. Last year she insisted on a dye-job to complete the effect (you can see that costume here). PERMANENT dye, mind you - not that spray-in stuff. Thankfully, it washed out in a few months, and the school didn't expel her.
I thought I had it easy this year - she wanted to be a vampire. Done! Dress her in a black sweatsuit for warmth, buy a cape, get some fangs, and then paint the face and add some fake blood. Right? Wrong. Oh...so...wrong. I'm entering a mysterious span of parenthood that defies all logic and science known to man. You know, that time when your child is brimming with VAST amounts of knowledge that ONLY teenagers possess?? It coincides with a leakage of brain power from the parents. Basically, we will be "complete idiots" for the next few (let's hope it's only few) years, while the teen becomes All Wise and Knowing One Who is Forced to Spoon-Feed and Educate Her Parents Until They Give in and Admit That Her Brain Power Far Exceeds Theirs Combined. I'm also told that this phase involves a lot of eye-rolling.
So, my first lesson was in the "updated" vampire look for girls. Hotness is paramount. To attract a victim, I suppose. I did a little research online, and had to admit that modern girl vampires resemble this and this. Sigh. My second lesson was in fangs. She HAD to have these snazzy fangs that are the equivalent of dental molds. Admittedly, they did stay in place extremely well. Lastly, vampires evidently pierce themselves. In the lips. (I would think this would interfere with proper blood-sucking, but what do I know?)
Normally I wouldn't post photos of other people's children online; however, the school web site (which is public) has already posted these. They were taken at the Halloween Dance, and the kids really look cute, IMHO. I can't wait until next year to further my education.