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Trick or Treat!

This is a ridiculously late Halloween post, late because during the entire month of October I averaged 11 hours of work a day and so never found the time to post these photos. In fact, didn’t even take the photos until today, lucky for me my mother didn’t mind leaving her Halloween decorations up through the first week of November.

There’s a funny family story my father tells about the time he handed me my allowance and when he asked what I would do with it I answered, “I’m saving up for a Sylvanian Family.” He was so impressed. He couldn’t wait to tell my mother how proud he was that his little seven-year-old daughter was saving up her hard earned allowance for a third-world family in need. Was he ever disappointed when my mom informed him that in fact Sylvanian families were toys, not people.

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in early October I uncovered a box in the garage marked “Sylvanian Halloween.” I opened it up and instantly found myself dizzy with childhood memories. I was eight when my mom and I spent a whole weekend making little costumes, trick-or-treat bags, tiny clay pumpkins and treats – no candy, I insisted that animals don’t eat candy, so we made cheese wedges and carrots and fish for the creatures to hand out to their trick-or-treaters. It was wonderful. And X number of years later it still is.

Internet, meet the Thistlethornes, the Babblebrooks, and the Sweetwater newlyweds, all decked out for Halloween!

Sylvanian Halloween

Here I am dressed as a flamenco dancer with my nephew-who-lives-in-Japan, and behind us is the very first Sylvanian Family Halloween set-up.

halloween 8 yrs

It hasn’t changed much. Neither have I. (Ha.)

bunny mummy

Rocky Babblebrook has come back from the dead! Eeeeeek!

lady bug

Little Heather Thistlethorne is shy and whispers, “Twick o’ tweeeet!

little devils

Charlie Thistlethorne is a little devil, but Coral Babblebrook is the littlest devil of all!

la bruja

Uh oh! It looks like Willow Thistlethorne turned Morris Sweetwater into a pumpkin! Oh, wait. That’s just his Halloween costume. Fooled me!

And just wait. For Thanksgiving, everyone gets dressed up like Pilgrims and Indians!