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happy halloween!

*disclaimer: i'm a bit too proud of how the boys' costumes turned out this year. it was owen's idea to be penguins (he's had a real thing for antarctica lately) and this easy pattern made the process of making costumes so much fun!

now, having said all that, aren't these the cutest penguins ever?

mar gets his costume nice and dirty

owen perfects his waddle

mommy makes the final adjustments

mar hams it up

working his first hard candy, a sugar free cough drop

trick-or-treating and meeting lots of our neighbors


mama mia said…
Aaahhhh, first Halloween in your own home! Delightful photos and job well done, Erin!
mama mia said…
heh, heh, heh, just noticed that Owen was the "blue" penguin....of course!
blissful_e said…
What a great way to meet the neighbors! Awesome costumes. :)
Well done! You should be proud of those. Awesome. XO
kel said…
They are the cutest penguins ever! Owen looks quite pleased with how they look in that first pic. I will have to save this idea for one year, and get all my friends to do it too so we can head up to peoples doors with a whole flock of penguins : )

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