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Monday, November 1, 2010

My Little Medusa

Well, y'all, the Tongginator didn't turn anyone to stone, despite massive effort. She did, however, become Quite Frustrated that most of the neighbors could NOT seem to figure out her costume choice. I'm not sure whether it's because they didn't expect a first grader to portray that particular character, or perhaps because - to quote one of the bus stop dads - "Tongginator, you are the most beautiful Medusa I have ever seen."

Then again, it's a pretty low bar, isn't it?

I mean, the lady has snakes growing out of her head.

As did the Tongginator... sort of.

(I used floral wire to make her braids stick
up. I guess I
CAN be crafty when desperate.)

We trekked down three streets, which might seem wimpy to y'all, but it's the furthest we've ever made it trick-or-treating. The Tongginator and her buddy Nemo acted like two peas in a pod, despite their incongruous costume choices.


Because Nemo was show-stoppingly adorable as Madeline. And the Tongginator was... Medusa. EVERYONE recognized Madeline. Parents from the school even remarked how they remembered Nemo from the school costume parade on Friday. And then they turned to the Tongginator and asked... "umm... who are you?" She'd answer and they'd reply, "WHO?" And repeat. Lather. Rinse.

I think some neighbors need to brush up on their Greek mythology. Or at least go see Clash of the Titans. Or Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Not that the Tongginator has seen either.

She just liked the shoes that went with the costume. And the fact that Medusa can turn men into stone. But that's my Tongginator for you.

What did your children dress up as this year?

35 comments:

LucisMomma said...

My DD was a princess, which is as scary as she thinks Halloween ought to be (me, too). She also has no other thoughts in her head besides "Princess."

I did see one very little kid (maybe 4? a *small* 4) dressed as Charlie Brown--and I was the only one to figure it out--she had a pillow case on, as a ghost, with big eye holes cut out all over. Just like on the Charlie Brown Halloween special.

BTW, Miss T, I love your hair *and* your shoes! *I* would have known you were Medusa.

Kim K. said...

You get major brownie points for Medusa's special hair. That costume rocks!! Her hair is out of this world!! Josie's bat girl costume will be a permanent fixture in our dress-up box. She's obsessed. It's always bittersweet when this holiday comes to an end. So much work and planning gets put into our kid-friendly party. Happy November!

bbmomof2boys said...

We went to NY this past weekend and traveled back home on Sunday. In NY they did halloween on Sunday, but down here in the bible belt they did it on Friday or Saturday so Little T missed it. Not a big deal to her - she doesn't "get" it yet. I did dress up her in her costume for her Nana though and when we got home I dressed her again and walked her over to 1 neighbor who waits for her each year. Her big brother went to church last night and brought her home a TON of candy so she didn't miss out! Oh...and she picked a ladybug this year!

Hugs,
Carla

Buckeroomama said...

Kudos for being unique!

At J's Halloween Disco parade, there were gazillions of princesses and witches... and the Year 1 girl who won was dressed up as a firefighter.

J was Jedi Knight Mato Rex and Z was Super Fire Girl. The next day, Z was Captain Feathersword and the following day, she was a ladybug. =)

Elouise82 said...

That Madeline costume IS adorable ... but I think the Tongginator is truly awesome for her effort to bring Greek mythology some popularity! Trust me, if she had come to our house, she would have gotten extra candy for that. We have shelves upon shelves of various mythology books from all over the world, and the Greek tales are still some of my favorite.

(And even though real snakes make me scream in terror, I love the hair!)

Megan said...

LOVE IT!!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

What a hoot! I love the girls smiling together, without a care in the world - I guess Madeline was safe since she didn't have the fear of being turned into stone ;)

Mya was going to be a bumble bee - until earlier in the week our favorite Spanish speaking friend dressed up as a kitty cat - so.....kitty cat we were ;)

Wendy said...

How do you NOT get that she was Medusa? I think some people need to go back to high school! She looks adorable, by the way.

When Becky was Judge Lance Ito back in the day, some people thought she was Abraham Lincoln.

This year Lily was Alice in Wonderland and I was the Mad Hatter (terrifying photos on my blog). I am still trying to recover from the toxic fumes I breathed in dying my hair orange.

Dawn said...

I think this shows our sad state of reading in our country. Now, if she'd have dressed as a Harry Potter character or perhaps a vampire...

This was the first year my kids didn't dress up and trick-or-treat. My son and his girlfriend took her niece and nephew, instead. My daughter asked to be the one to pass out candy at the door - and she did such a good job praising the costumes and wishing them a fun time and happy Halloween.

Sigh... another stage of life is over.

Caroline said...

Yoda! And sadly, at least two people thought he was Shrek. Come on, people!

Aus said...

I think she is excepitonal as Medusa - and that this idea iteslf is just brilliant!

hugs - aus and co.

Amy said...

Love it! Way more creative than the Star Wars characters at my house:)

Patricia/NYC said...

Very creative costume! Love the hair/snakes!

Kiara was the wicked witch from the West...complete with green/gold face and the red ruby slippers (you know, as if she GOT them from Dorothy...Kiara's idea...lol)...

prechrswife said...

I can't believe people didn't recognize Medusa. Wow...

We had two little cowgirls and a little cowboy at our house, although I think that MJ will be past the stage of me being able to make the decision for her next year. (Pictures on both blogs.)

Carla said...

I'll let you decide who was who....

Mad Scientist, Toothless the Dragon, Buzz Lightyear, and a ladybug.

Sarah said...

NO childen came to my door this year. Not one. But I can assure you I'd appreciate the creativity of a Medusa costume. There's only so many princesses one can see before it becomes obvious.

Andrea said...

A princess and a princess. Go figure. I'm just glad both dresses were hand-me-downs and free. My favorite kind of costume.

Mom2Four said...

My oldest was Santa - no problems guessing that one.
My next kiddo was Wesly the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride - everyone thought he was a ninja :-(
My next was Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz - everyone guessed princess, fairy, Cinderella. When she gave them her hint - "Have you seen Dorothy and Toto?" a few figured it out, but not many.

My youngest was Tiger Lily from Peter Pan. Everyone guessed Pocohantas and then Sacagawea. Only a few got it after her hint of "Peter Pan".

Oh well. I LOVED their choices...

sara said...

Her hair is fantastic...very crafty! And I love that she wanted to be something different.

Pie was a ladybug, because she still has no choice :)

The Byrd's Nest said...

hee hee hee....I love this girl:)

Janet said...

Well, I, for one, highly approve of the Medusa idea. Very cool. My kids didn't dress up, since I am an awful parent and we don't "do" Halloween. Or "yucky, scary day", as I like to call it. ;-)

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

I love the fact that she marches to a different drummer! And I would have guess who she was... but you're right, because of her age I might have hestitated before just spouting out MEDUSA!!!

My Tonggu-er was a witch this year, one of many at school and in the neighborhood, but that didn't seem to bother her... no one was the exact same witch, so maybe that was helpful.

I'm afraid to show the Medusa hair-do off here at our house... I'm afraid it will be requested as an 'everyday' hair style... she comes up with some dozzies of her own, I don't need her thinking wired braids would be 'cool'!

snekcip said...

Medusa!! How unique! I love being "different"! I just fell head over heels for the Madeline costume!! LOVE IT!! My sweet girl was a CANDY CORN witch! Complete w/the "CC" hat and "CC" wand! Yes, we spotted all sorts of "witches" but NOT ONE candy corn witch! I topped her off w/patent leather YELLOW BOOTS and orange/black striped tights! I gotta say, she got loads of compliments!

Suzy said...

Lydia was a pirate again this year - same costume just with a different hat & boots. It still fit, and my sewing machine is in storage. Tongginator is totally rocking the Greek look. And the right pair of shoes can change your life - just ask Cinderella.

Debbie said...

Beautiful! Can't believe people didn't know who Medusa was. I'm not a fan of Greek mythology and I know that. You need to show us these magnificent shoes that made her chose the costume. :-)
And thanks for the tip of the floral wire. I have a feeling that will come in handy some time in my future.

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

LOVE the costume!! Kady was a bride and Kyler was a bull rider. Everyone guessed he was a cowboy, so he was VERY upset. . .

planetnomad said...

Can't remember if I already said this, but I LOVE the fact that she chose Medusa. Also, I can't believe people didn't know who Medusa was! Anyway, when the T is a bit older, you will have to introduce her to Christine de Pizan (first woman in Western society to earn her living as a writer), who retold all the old myths with the evil women as simply misunderstood victims. Boy was she ahead of her time :)
And what an awesome costume! Although I also love Madeleine.
My kids: Ilsa was Mrs. Phantom of the Opera. She's never seen the movie or heard the music, but we did find Donn's grandmother's full-length velvet opera coat in a box, so she made a mask and wore that. Abel was an Arab raider, with a REAL 12" dagger that was very rusty and that he was forbidden to take out of its sheath! :)

Beach Mama said...

Because of Miss T, I decided at the very last minute 9 like 10 minutes before we walked out the door) to also go as Medusa. I've got the hair, and yes, I've read the whole Percy Jackson series.

Godzilla had to constantly explain, and hand out his "business cards" so that everyone understood that he was POSEIDON in his human form, NOT a Tourist:).

I can certainly relate to Miss T's pain and frustration.

I do like her Medusa hair better than mine.

Debbie said...

First, I was so hoping to see photos! Thank you. She looks great.
Second, people are so clueless. One year my son was Einstein complete with wild hair and a shirt that said E=mc2. Someone asked him if he was the internet. Seriously.

Briana's Mom said...

She looks fantastic! Love the hair. I seriously can't believe people don't know who Medusa is.

Briana was Ariel. To be honest, the bright red wig made it very convenient to see her in the dark.

Sharie said...

She looks fantastic; and the next time you say you aren't crafty I'm emailing you this post.

Amelia was a witch - my choice. I've always wanted her to be one and finally won:)

Gayla said...

I had a dinosaur, spiderman, darth vader, and a windy day. Oh, and the boy from the book "Hatchet."

Not any girly costumes in there, you say??? Yeah... made me kinda sad. But there's always next year!!!

YOUR girl was ADORABLE!!!

Cavatica said...

BB did not dress up - same as last year. She doesn't do costumes. I got her a miner hat. I thought she'd like it and fantasized about her being Chilean miner #34. There was a back story and everything that we couldn't speak of because of the pending book deal. But she broke the hat and that was that. The day of her day care Halloween parade I encouraged her to take a fun hat of some sort, but she would have nothing of it. The child has a wild imagination, but she will not dress up! No hats, no masks, no costumes!

Patty O. said...

As Danny is OBSESSED with Legos, that's what he went as. And Charlotte had originally wanted to be a clown, but once she saw Danny's costume (a box with sour cream containers duct taped to it and spray painted red) she wanted to be a blue Lego, so we whipped out one for her.

Most people recognized what they were, but a few clueless people (people I can only assume never had boys in their family) didn't get it. Still, the kids had a blast.

Michal said...

My Ev was a witch agin this year, second year in a row because the dress still fit and it's one that my Aunt made. Liam was a Lion. But the best was my nephew. My Dad made him an old fashioned robot costume out of a box and a beach bucket! He even had dryer ducts on his arms and legs. No kidding this was the best costume ver but even better was the fact that B couldn't really walk that well in it, so he looked like a drunk robot! Good times.
I LOVE the Medusa costume and I think that your little girl rocks!