Halloween 2017: Superhero Squad

I don’t usually dress up for Halloween. Grown-up costumes are either too cheap or too expensive and never fit right, if they fit at all. I don’t want to be a Sexy Crayon or a Sexy Elmo or a Sexy Fire Hydrant. I just want to be a regular mom in yoga pants who steals all the peanut butter candy after the kids go to bed.

But this year, we needed some extra Halloween magic, so we did a family Halloween costume.

Putting on a Supergirl costume – and wearing it in public – is terrifying. I am not Supergirl. I am a 35-year-old mother of 4. But during this deployment, I don’t get a choice. I HAVE to be super, all the time. With the kids, the house, the dog, the finances, my work, the holidays, all of it. It feels like I am lifting heavy objects, dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles on a daily basis. So if the cape fits, I’m going to wear it. And the boots. And some bright red lipstick.

And if I’m going to put that much effort into our family of superheroes Halloween costumes, you can bet I’m going to turn it into a photo shoot. We headed down the street and borrowed an abandoned mill (possibly the old Hopkins & Allen firearms factory? I’m not good at telling the many abandoned brick buildings downtown apart) for a cityscape. The kids had a GREAT time playing superhero and even if I still don’t love looking at myself in photos, I know I won’t be sorry to have these. I can’t wait for E to get a chance to see that I’m using my super strength to hold everything together well enough to still have fun.

 

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

Any of these that I am in were taken by Evan and/or Caroline. I taught them how back button focus, framing, and shooting works (with the camera safely on a tripod) and they did an awesome job.

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

dc comics superhero family halloween 2017

In case you were wondering, Evan and Caroline’s costumes came from Chasing Fireflies (Caroline this year, Evan last year), Finnegan’s Robin and Supergirl are from Zulily, and Linc’s was bought on a local resale page. I’m pretty sure it’s pajamas, but it’s comfortable and he loves it.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Halloween 2017: Superhero Squad”

  1. Kitty Conner says:

    These are amazing. YOU are amazing.

    (Can’t lie, I had a Sound of Music moment with your kids. How cute are Evan, Caroline, Linc…. and the little guy.

    Finnegan! God bless Finn!)

  2. Sarah says:

    You are so incredible and inspiring and amazing. And Caroline as Wonder Woman is EVERYTHING.

  3. michelleJ says:

    YES
    YES
    SO MUCH YES
    SO AWESOME!!

  4. Jess S says:

    Fantastic photos, you are Superheroing to the max in every regard! X

  5. Raincheckmom says:

    Excellent photo shoot! Love them all! (The one where you can see Caroline is missing her two front teeth makes her look like Vampire Wonder Woman! Haha)

  6. Abby says:

    You totally rocked that photo shoot – as photographer and subject. You look great and you ARE superwoman. Just keep swimming …

  7. Patricia Steed says:

    Amazing. FTLOG, please tell me you are going to frame to one of all of you and hang it prominently!

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