The truth is, I don't really dress up. I don't even go the laid-back-but-still-fun parent route and throw on a pirate hat or a pair of zany glasses. (Is this because I am not laid back but still fun? Probably.)
Diana and Chestnut though? Oh yeah, they dress up.
But here's the thing: from almost the very beginning their costumes have been, shall we say, nontraditional. Also literary, sort of. And so obscure that no one ever knows who or what they are. I blame books.
It started out with Chestnut always (convincingly) portraying a baby with an ear infection (well, she was a baby with an ear infection), and with Diana moving from Ado Annie (from Oklahoma, natch), then Eleanor from The Diamond in the Window (this involved, I believe, a skirt and blouse), then Samantha (American Girl), then someone from a Tamora Pierce book I think, then Maid Marian. Last year she upped the ante (literature-wise) with Lady Macbeth. This involved a plaid kilt and a bloody hands.
No one has ever gotten any of them.
Happily, this does not disturb her, and she goes her ghoulish way with incomprehensible costume followed by incomprehensible costume. This year? A "character from a Manga that no one knows about!" Said with much joy.
Chestnut? Similar. From mage, to "spirit of the fall," to "A rich merchant's daughter on her way to market to sell her hand-sewn pillows."
I hope you are somewhere getting ready to eat candy corn and preparing to be befuddled by various incomprehensible costumes (literary and not).
Happy Halloween. And tell me your own literary/incomprehensible costumes, if you dare.