This weekend we went to a friend’s house for a pre-Halloween party (thanks to Marcello and his cool moms!) and we got to give our costumes a bit of a ‘test drive’ before trick-o-treating in the streets. Problem is, Ezra and Zoe refused to wear their costumes even though all the other kids at the party were wearing theirs. I have to say, I was hoping we’d get a chance to dress up a day or two in advance so we could work out the kinks in our costumes. Ezra’s frog costume was inspired by his swim goggles, green swim top and green bathing cap this summer… but when it came right down to it, these things were all too flimsy to wear in the cold weather. And frankly, when he was out of the water he just looked like a kid ready to swim. We found this simple and kid friendly tutorial for a warmer frog costume at activitytv.com, and Zoe will get to reuse Ezra’s lobster bunting (legs out the bottom and ties added to the back) — making her the cutest shrimp ever. I will have to see if I can put together some kind of costume to join in on the ‘water friends’ theme by Halloween night– but for now here’s a sneak peek of the kids decked out (and shots of some of the adorable decorations at our friends’ fun party – just to get you in the mood).