After daddy carves the pumpkin, someone has got to clean out the guts. The kids have been planning for Halloween for months. I refused to talk about costumes until October, especially because some people keep changing their minds. My oldest designed a ghost costume- white shirt, long white skirt, and a white face. I sewed the skirt for her, with long rags torn from old pillowcases and curtains. She even had white fingernails. My youngest was an underwater knight- goggles and a sword, basically. The goggles didn't last long, and the sword went down the back of his shirt. I went as a mom.