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Halloween! I love Halloween - as a child, it was right up there with Christmas as one of my favorite holidays. I think most years, Halloween had the edge - I have such fantastic memories of dressing up and trick-or-treating as a child. Now, I know that Connor loves it as much as I did, even though he doesn't get to experience it the same way I did back then. We live in a completely lame neighborhood for trick-or-treating, so this year I decided that we'd do something different. When I found out that the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum was having some events on October 31st, I decided that Connor and I would spend our Halloween in San Jose. Then, when I found out that unnamedfeeling and chershey were having a party at their home nearby, I knew we'd be having a great evening! And we did!

I was pretty happy with the way our costumes turned out, too - here we are, Isis and Horus:

Instead of giving a lot of description, I think I'll let the photos do most of the talking . . .

The event at the museum was called the Feast of Sekhmet, although they really didn't say much about her. I assume this is her traditional feast day, though, or something. (Sekhmet is the lion-headed goddess of both war and healing). We actually arrived at the museum in the early afternoon, so we could wander around for a couple of hours before they closed; then, the party was after hours (we spent the hour-and-a-half in between at a local Denny's, where we had dinner and changed into our costumes). While we were at the museum in the afternoon, we attended a class on writing hieroglyphics - it was very interesting, and I think Connor impressed the staff with his knowledge about Egypt. This was definitely a more in-depth discussion about hieroglyphics than anything I'd heard before, so I'm really glad we were able to participate. We also bought some goodies in the gift store (they have really cool stuff there) - a Senet game (ancient Egyptian board game) and a big statue of Thoth (god of knowledge) to put in our schoolroom.

When we came back later that evening, wee spent the first part of our evening wandering around the museum. Here's Horus with his favorite Egyptian queen (although she presumably didn't believe in our beloved falcon god):

At around 6.30, they made an announcement that the party was getting ready to begin over in the planetarium, so we headed over to see what they had in store for us. There weren't a whole lot of people there, but it was a nice set-up with some fun games and food and a costume contest (Connor won first prize!!!), and I know he enjoyed playing with the other children.

Here's Connor getting "mummified" by a samurai warrior:

Some of the children getting ready for the costume contest:

Here's Isis and Horus again, in front of the local "mummy:"

And here's a better shot of Horus - I was very pleased with the way his mask turned out, and, happily, he was willing to wear it most of the night! I think he liked all the attention he got. It really was a cool costume:

After the party, on the way back to the car, Connor had to stop and pose with his favourite guy - Horus and Horus:

We'd already had a full evening of activities and fun, but there was more yet to come! We headed over to the party at K and C's place, and it was FANTASTIC! I got to see some friends I hadn't seen in WAY too long *waves at K & C & melissa_mlfeng and elite* (we are definitely going to get together again sooner - there will be a "reading night" at my house in January! I promise!), and I met a bunch of new people, as well! *waves at lexigeek* And there were some really cool costumes! (YAY! I LOVE grown-ups who will wear costumes - so many of the people I know are such fuddy-duddies when it comes to Halloween). Of course, the best thing about the evening was the wonderful conversation!

Connor had a really fabulous time, too. I think he was most excited about getting to meet The Doctor (I think it's possible, K, that he really does believe you are the actual Doctor :D), and he was also very excited to meet "The Girl in the Fireplace" (as well as Beetlejuice and Jack Sparrow, among others). Connor kept telling me he was having the "best time in his life" - I think this will go down in his memory as one of the best parties EVER! (And, it was for me, as well). :) We stayed a lot later than I'd expected we'd stay (we didn't leave until around 11.00), and only because I was starting to feel sleepy, and knew I had a longish drive home. (Connor had plenty of energy, and I think he'd have lasted quite a while longer if I'd have let him stay). :D Thanks again for inviting us - we both had a really excellent time! :)

Happy Party People:

Here's the shot of the "July Birthdays:"

And here's Connor and The Doctor:

(Note to those of you who were there - I can get higher resolution versions of any of these photos to you - just leave a comment and let me know if you want me to e-mail them, or upload, or what. And also, please feel free to distribute to anyone who was there but is not on my f-list). :)

So, it was a great Halloween for Connor and for me. I just love spending a holiday like this with my sweetest little boy - and with such a great bunch of people down in SC. *love and hugs to all*

Finally - the Jack-o-lantern shot - here are the two pumpkins that were carved this year. The one on the left is Connor's; the one of the right was a joint Kevin and Connor venture. Oh, and btw, Connor grew both of these pumpkins at the community garden, and they were spectacular!


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Nov. 3rd, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
I am in awe of your sewing skills! Connor's costume is fantastic!
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! Although I can't take credit for the collar or belt - I bought those. I did make the headdress and kilt though, and thought they turned out rather well. The papier mache mask, though, that's what I'm proudest of, I think. It turned out really cool. Maybe I'll be Horus next year. :D
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Brilliant costumes in all senses of the word :)
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! There was something very cool about wandering around the Egyptian Museum dressed up like that. :D
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
OMG I AM TEH QUEEN OF JELLUS. That is SO FRICKIN' COOL!! You both must have been the two best-costumed people anywhere, ever. You are a total fertility-goddess fox, and Connor is too cute for words.

I am TOTALLY linking this from my LJ. Everyone needs to see these pics. You are AWESOME.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
OK, and then I realized a.) it's a locked entry and b.) you might want me to like, ASK FIRST, even still.

Mission aborted. Although I shall continue to gaze at the splendor. *gazes*
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Hee! No need to abort. I unlocked it just now (even before I read this second comment). So, if you want to link, feel free! Although I think I look rather blechy in the photos, Connor is adorable! So, feel free to link if you want - and I'll leave the post open for a week or so before I lock it up again.

*loves you*
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
Wow, you guys look utterly brilliant; I'm so impressed! :D (And *giggle* at unnamedfeeling being the actual Doctor.)
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
I thought you'd enjoy this entry - especially getting to see K and C together, considering you know both of them! :)

It really was a great party, and he is a most excellent Doctor. Connor was so cute about it, too - I forgot to mention this in the entry, but he drew a bunch of drawings for people at the party. He drew a Tardis for K, a fireplace and broken clock for C, and a Black Pearl for the fellow dressed as Cap'n Jack.

And thanks! I was pleased with the way the costumes turned out, especially Connor's. (I'm not entirely thrilled with the way I look in that wig, but oh well. I probably should have just re-dyed my own hair so it's almost black again, but I was too lazy, so there you have it). :D :D :D
Nov. 3rd, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
omg, this is awesome. It looks like you guys had a great time and your costumes are really cool. :D

(Sorry if you get this comment twice - LJ is being annoying on me tonight.)
Nov. 3rd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Your costumes are outstanding! It looks like you both had such a good time!
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
VERY COOL costumes!!! Now, for the important question: Can you walk like an Egyptian??? ;)

As for the pumpkins: Is there anything that C can't do??? :-) Impressive!
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hee! Those were some fantastic costumes there at the party. But yours and your son's? Awesome! You did a fabulous job with the mask and the headdress and the both of you look so pretty.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, I agree, I'm pretty sure Connor thought I was the Doctor. I guess the costume worked! :D

Put me down for some high-res picture loving.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Wendy, It was great to talk with you at the party though we weren't formally introduced. I'm Karla (the pink girl). Connor's a great kid and a very talented artist already. Maybe we can get our geeky boys together some time! :) Take care and looking forward to your party in January.
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome write-up! And OMG your son is the cutest kid ever!

Sign me up for the hi-res geek fest!
Nov. 3rd, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Very nice costumes! Well done. :)

I think the pumpkins are more impressive for having been GROWN by y'all. :D
Nov. 4th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
What amazing costumes you guys had! And I wanted to say, what an amazing job you are doing with that boy. He sounds more and more accomplished every time you write about him. Bravo! :)
Nov. 5th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed at how beautiful your costumes are!
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