And the Best Costume Goes Tooooo…

3 Nov
The best darn "elly" in all the land.

The best darn “elly” in all the land.

Remington Arnow!

aka “Memy Aahhhno”

As a mom, there are a few things that I look forward to being able to experience with Remy, that I never really had the opportunity to enjoy when I was a kid. Halloween is probably the biggest one.

I was raised in a VERY conservative home, with parents who chose to have “Glory to God parties” instead of celebrating halloween. Yes. We were the family who passed out bible tracts and popcorn (cuz you could do that in the 80’s) to all the neighborhood kids who were dressed up, celebrating “satan’s birthday”. Cool, right?

Regardless of my own personal beliefs, my parents did what they thought was right, and I can’t judge them for our differences of opinion, or practice. But, I can choose to do things however I please with my own kids.

The year I found out I was pregnant, I had JUST started working for Dailey. In October, I was just out of my first trimester and not too many people knew me, let alone knew I was pregnant then, so I dressed up as a bank robber. My belly was my bag o’ cash, and no one really “got it”. I thought I was hilarious.


Belly Smuggling Bank Robber

Belly Smuggling Bank Robber

The next Halloween, Remy was just 8 months of bubbling baby chub and I put some thought into our costumes once again. I found an amazing monkey costume and decided to become a banana tree… He was still nursing A LOT, so I had bananas in the appropriate place. Again, hilarious… to myself. I don’t have any great photos of my costume, but COME ON. Look at that face. A funny thing about this costume, was that my sister and our friend brought Remy to meet me in the office. With a BRIGHT GREEN WIG on, my baby still knew exactly who I was, from across the room. Mama baby bonds are pretty incredible.


Baby Monkey in his Banana Tree

Baby Monkey in his Banana Tree

This year, I decided to look for costumes in line with Remy’s favorite animals and liked the elephant costume best. Originally, Grant and I were both going to be elephant trainers, and he would be a baby elephant, but on Sunday, I changed my mind. He would be the trainer and I, once again, would be a food item… maybe it’s time to wean.

Here we are as a baby elephant and a bucket of peanuts.


Baby "Elly" and his big ol' bucket of peanuts.

Baby “Elly” and his big ol’ bucket of peanuts.

I plan to continue this habit of mine for as long as he can stand it, or stand me. Halloween is becoming one of my absolute favorite days of the year.

***Thank you, Don Lupo, for the great pictures! 


5 Responses to “And the Best Costume Goes Tooooo…”

  1. Kristina @ Family. Work. Life. November 4, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    “Glory to God parties” vs. “Satan’s birthday.” I can’t even. Basically, that’s the best explanation of Halloween ever. Thanks for the laugh today!

    • Mrs. Arnow November 4, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Right?!?! We made turkeys out of apples and raisins, sang hymns and ate organic brown rice or something exciting like that, while all the other kids collected candy… Because that’s how we celebrate the devil. Candy.

      • Kristina @ Family. Work. Life. November 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

        And by visiting the neighbors. Best not to knock on the door, really. They just might be the devil. Sign me up for apple-raisin turkeys, please! #bettersafethansorry

  2. Cyntdawg Carter October 17, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    i love the monkey tree costume! Where did you get your tree costume from??

    • Mrs. Arnow October 18, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      hi!! thank you so much! I made it out of felt and stuffing. :joy: It was a really fun project, but every year, these costumes get harder and harder to come up with. Only 2 weeks left to figure out how to make a “pteradactylus”…

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