It’s October! Which means I want to wear sweaters and drink hot chai lattes . . . but it’s still 90 degrees in LA. Oh, AND I need to figure out what we’re doing for costumes. Since my kids like to dress up for Halloween and our homeschool group also hosts an All Saints Day Pageant, we need costumes for both. But there is no way I’m doing two complete costumes for all these kids.
Enter the TWOFER costume. One costume that works for both Halloween and All Saints Day, with just a few tweaks.
The kids have decided on what they want to be for this year, so we are hard at work on the following costumes. I’ll put the Amazon link under the photos, in case you’re playing along at home . . .
Bobby’s middle name is Benedict, after Pope Benedict XVIII, and St. Benedict of Norcia, who founded twelve communities for monks. His Rule became one of the most
influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism.
St. Lucy was born of rich and noble parents about the year 283. Her
father was of Roman origin, but died when she was five years old. Like many of the early martyrs, Lucy had consecrated her virginity to
God, and she hoped to distribute her dowry to the poor. Lucy was denounced as a Christian, and depending on which version of the story you hear, either had her eyes gouged out as torture, or gouged them out herself in order to discourage a persistent suitor who admired them. When her
body was prepared for burial in the family mausoleum it was discovered
that her eyes had been miraculously restored.
I saw this Upside Down Guy costume and just knew it would be a perfect St. Peter Crucified costume. Jack is usually the one who’s done the crazy costumes. But this year he’s at real school, and the middle schoolers don’t dress up! So, Gus has stepped up to be the crazy costume guy in the family.
Peter was one of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples.
Originally a fisherman, he played a leadership role and was with Jesus
during events witnessed by only a few apostles, such as the Transfiguration.
According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar.
It is traditionally held that he was crucified upside down at his own
request, since he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way
costume ideas for All Saints Day. I posted them all after the fact, but
in case you’re looking for ideas for this year, check it out . . .
If you’d like to keep track of ALL the feasts of the Catholic liturgical year, I’ve created a wall calendar to help you do it!
It features the all the feasts and fasts of the Universal Calendar and then some, illustrated with images featuring the traditional Catholic monthly devotions. It’s an easy visual way to bring liturgical living into your home. You can keep track of the feasts and fasts and seasons of the Catholic year, and be reminded to focus your prayer on a different aspect of our faith each month.
As the Church year begins with December, so does this calendar. You get December 2017 through December 2018, thirteen months. Available for purchase here. Thanks!
In unrelated news, I was pleased to be interviewed by Ana at Time Flies When You’re Having Babies. Click over for the scoop on the imaginary children that were the biggest
mistake of my early homeschooling career, and whether I’m the type of
mom who sits on the floor playing trains with you.