I saved the best for last.

Last weekend, the family drove to Columbia to attend Boo at the Zoo. Did you know that Daphne and Fred got married and had a ninja, a Power Ranger and a princess? 

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Cate's costume was completely thrown together. A ballerina suit, a pink hoodie and a ski hat. She danced the night away. Here, she's getting down to "Hit the Road Jack". She's a liberated princess. 

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Her ensemble is a little less Etsy than the one she wore last year. I love that costume so much I could eat it. (And she may have been actually be trying to eat it.)

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Blake has worn his Power Ranger suit so many times—to the gym, on playdates, through the carpool line— it has holes in it. He's not concerned. 

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Dillon's ninja costume is new, but Shawn and I pulled Daphne and Fred out of the attic. It's a throwback to Halloween 2010, when we dressed up as the cast of Scooby Doo. Even my mom and stepdad joined in.

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The Daphne costume annoys me—the wig is itchy—and I'm not looking forward to dressing up as her again tonight. But Fred's counting on me.

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Last year, the boys and the men were superheroes, and I got away with not wearing a costume at all. I said I was a Candy Giver Outer. The year before that, when I was pregnant with Cate, I posed with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Yoda wearing a Star Wars-ish t-shirt and maternity jeans. I think I liked that costume even better than Candy Giver Outer. 

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But my all-time favorite Halloween memory is from 2008, when I dressed Dillon (aka ninja, Luke, and Scooby) as the UPS man.

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I found some real, on duty UPS men to take a picture with him, and then Dillon joined my stepdad who was dressed up as the package.

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Homemade, handmade awesomeness. Perhaps they should open an Etsy shop? 

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