This morning we had to cancel the twins’ birthday party as they had developed horrible colds a few days before and we felt that we couldn’t possibly subject people to our revolting, leaking offspring. Naturally we were rather disappointed to miss such an important milestone, particularly when they started to perk up around lunchtime.
Determined not to miss out on some fun today we popped the twins in their Halloween costumes before our afternoon dog walk. We have a few activities planned over the Halloween period, not least their birthday itself the day before, so we thought it would be wise to capture a few pictures in advance in case they don’t turn out on the day. Between the sickly babies and the failing light we only had about five minutes of shooting time but that five minutes were enough and I’m especially in love with the first picture in the series below.
We decided to make a lion of Balthazar and a mouse of Lysander, in keeping with some aspects of their personalities. Balthazar is indomitably fierce and inexhaustibly determined and my goodness, does he have a roar on him. And Lysander is – not timid, he’s actually incredibly gregarious, but he’s so scrunchy and cute that we thought he would make a perfect mouse. As you can see, he really does.
This is going to be the twins’ first real Halloween as last year they were born the day before, so we’re using this year to test out what feels right for us as parents with regard to this holiday! I’m not a fan of anything spooky but I do enjoy quirky costumes and a festive atmosphere so we plan to embrace the adorable aspects and try not to notice the zombies and vampires and other scary outfits that seem to be cropping up in the supermarkets.
My fantastically talented partner Kirsty designed these patterns and knitted the costumes herself by hand and at very short notice – she is so clever and so creative and as you can tell from these pictures she loves the twins so much. She’s also just signed up to twitter so if you’re a fan of the hand-made do follow her over at @whensheknits.
Do you dress your children up for Halloween? I’d love to hear what they will be wearing this year!