Fairies and Tinkerbell: Meredith’s First Halloween

Halloween is over. Can I get an, “Amen”?


This year, the girls decided early on that they wanted to be fairies for Halloween after Aunt Annie handed down some cute fairy costumes her twins wore for a fairy birthday party one time. I stashed the costumes away for a few months so that when Halloween rolled around, the girls wouldn’t be sick of them. My tactics worked. I dug around my craft supplies to make their fairy crowns, hot glued fake moss and butterflies onto some old shoes they barely fit in anymore and found a YouTube Fairy Princess makeup tutorial… voila! Fairies!

After the girls decided to be fairies, I planned on Meredith being Tinkerbell and lucked out since my friend had a Tinkerbell costume which fit Meredith perfectly. I couldn’t resist picking up some Tinkerbell fairy shoes at the Disney Store, which was my one splurge. The little pom poms and jingle when you shook the shoes kept Meredith occupied, and regardless, I loved them! While I happily put the rest of our Halloween decor and costumes away in storage on November 1, Meredith’s Tinkerbell shoes on her dresser remain the lone vestige from Halloween.

I had originally planned on a Peter Pan theme, and a Tiger Lily costume for myself, but decided I had to be standing right next to Jake and Meredith or else my costume didn’t fit in, especially with the twins (thanks to the girls’ preschool party which served as kind of a dress rehearsal for helping me figure that out!) So, last minute, I dug out whatever green clothes I already had, got some green tights and wings, made myself a flower crown and transformed into a woodland fairy. I wish I had thought of doing a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme earlier on… I would have paid money to see Jake in a Puck costume.

For Peter Pan, thank you, Amazon, for the hat and tights… fortunately, he agreed to wear them.

The grump face in blue is Samantha and the one with the five-foot pout in pink is Amelia.


Family costumes in prior years:


This was the first year the girls picked out their own costumes and they proudly told anyone who would listen what they were going to be all month. Meredith, of course, didn’t have a choice, but loved her shoes and wings. She made the most squeezable Tink! I have to say, however; my favorite costumes so far have been the year Grammy made them Madeline costumes.



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Meredith 2015 and 2016:

picmonkey-collage5 The twins were so excited for Halloween all month, so much so, that the month seemed to drag by and I got sick of hearing, “Is it time to go trick or treating yet?” While the girls had fun on their Halloween field trip, they kept asking when it was time to get in their costumes and trick or treat, to the point that I had to threaten not going trick or treating that night if they asked again.

Although we had picked out pumpkins weeks before, we Jake didn’t carve them until the day of. After browsing Google Images, Samantha picked out a cat and Amelia picked out a creepy two-faced ghoul. To each their own.



After pumpkin carving and scrounging for dinner (our pizza order ended up being 2.5 hours late and we were starving!), it was finally time.

But wait… first pictures! The twins were not pleased and alternated between humoring me and doing the ultimate pout faces. Despite my last-minute hot glue touch-ups, the moss just did not want to stay put on their fairy shoes as the girls were running around. Oh well. From far away it still looked cool!



Pan and Tink.


Please just humor me.


At least Meredith is almost always game for pictures.


“All the world needs is a little faith, trust and pixie dust.” -Tinkerbell

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Fly away, Tink!


Two grumpy fairies and a happy Tink.




Glow sticks!


Our neighbors set up a throw the spider on the sticky web game the twins loved and then it was time to hit the streets. Our neighborhood is full of little kids and young families, which makes staying local for trick or treating all the more fun. we met up with our friends and caravanned around the neighborhood with them, mostly hitting up the houses that had the non-scary decor. Some houses went all out and were a little too PG-13 for the kids, complete with electric chairs, screaming sounds, and chain saws. We stuck with the blow-up frankensteins and smiling ghosts.

It’s normally warm, if not downright scorching with Santa Ana winds to boot, this time of year, and I usually plan the girls’ costumes accordingly. This was the one year it was actually a tad chilly outside, and the girls wanted to wear sweaters, effectively covering up their costumes. Oh well.


After an hour, the twins were winding down and Amelia kept tripping, spilling her candy all over the sidewalk every time. Meredith had been camped out in the Ergo during trick or treating, and while she was excited by all the sights and sounds at first, her eyes were glazed over by the end of the night. Time to head home. The twins chose a piece of candy to eat on the walk home and we barely had time to wipe off their makeup before they conked out, an hour past bedtime.

Unlike last year, the candy fairy did not make an appearance. In an effort to let loose, I let the twins choose one piece of candy each afternoon to eat, which had the unforeseen, but happy consequence of them keeping busy every day dumping out all their candy, asking what each one was and comparing their loot with each other. Pretty soon, they’ll be trading, I’m sure. After three days of being excited to choose a candy, they completely forgot about the whole thing and never brought it up again.

Addison, Jadyn, Samantha, Amelia and the lone boy, Nate.


I was proud to overhear the twins talking while choosing which candy to eat one day and heard Amelia inform Samantha that, “Candy doesn’t have vitamins and we only eat it on holidays and special times.” Brainwashing at its finest!

Lots of love,



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