The Lion, the Witch and the Rainbow



With the whisper of candy fresh on their ears my little munchkins head to their first house in the neighborhood.

“Don’t forget to say trick or treat!”

Tickateat” says Cameron, and Mason echoes “Trick or Treat” in a sing song voice.

(The twins a month away from turning three are still mastering the language and the Halloween tradition. Last year we were in Europe and their first year we just handed out candy).

The lion walks bravely to the door, knocks and rings as the homeowner makes their way slowly to the door. Peering in through the glass, the promise of candy bouncing in his mind.

 The scary T-Rex just a little way behind. “Mommy hold my tail” says T-Rex afraid it will get wet in the drizzle. Oh and please don’t mistake him for just a “dino” he is a scary T- Rex!

The door opens and a wonderful smile greets the Lion and the T- Rex.

I remind them gently… “what do you say?”


“No, say trick or treat”


A huge bowl of candy is offered to them and they take just a single piece each. They are encouraged to take a few more from the kind neighbor. At many of the first houses they each took their time to select that one special treat, but as the night went on the boys got more ambitious and tried to take more than one.

The rain kept coming but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the kids. It did shorten the route and the number of houses we visited though. We still ended up with a huge bounty of candy :)

Now a word about their costumes…. We had a request for a T-Rex and a rainbow costume. I spent hours making a rainbow costume under the close instruction of my friend Mary. I had bought a sewing machine and the material and set to work. Mary even made a pot of gold to go on the back of the costume, at the “end of the rainbow”.

Well when the rainbow with cloud was presented to Cameron he giggled and said “No, this is bad!” LOL! He also didn’t want to try it on and kept saying, “I try later!”

Seriously was it THAT bad?? 😉

Even when asked he continued to say “I rainbow” in response to questions about what he wanted to be for Halloween. But he still refused to actually wear it!

I got the hint and plan B was born – A lion was requested and we added the rainbow to the front. He was a much happier “rainbow lion” next to his T-Rex brother.

Successful Halloween 2013!

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34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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20 Responses to The Lion, the Witch and the Rainbow

  1. Mary says:

    He never said he wanted to be a cloud, (and I deny any involvement in the making of the cloud suit, only some machine instruction and help with the rainbow.) It really was only the rainbow itself that interested him. Our mistake was not discussing the design with him beforehand. I feel for toddlers struggling to communicate. So often they try to tell me things and I have to ask them to show me what they mean. It is frustrating for them, much like living in a foreign country and learning the language by immersion.

    It is no surprise to me when toddlers have melt-downs. They have no power, struggle to communicate with us, often have no clue what is happening around them, and have to take many times more little steps to get where they are going. If I were in that position, I think I would sometimes lie down on the carpet and cry for a while.

    I am glad they were happy with their Halloween. I hope they get to do some play-acting in the suits, being loud, wild, powerful beasties!

  2. Mary says:

    Hey! Wait a durned minute! Who exactly is the witch you refer to in your heading? 😉

    • Twin Mom says:

      LOL – Just a little reference to C. S. Lewis…but I guess all of Halloween was a little “witchy” this year – and their grandmother was dressed as a VERY scary witch!!

  3. LOL! I was looking out for the rainbow as I read your posts and wondering what happened until I saw the “rainbow lion” and it all clicked.

    Almost-3 year olds. My girl kept insisting she wanted to be a police car, right up to the moment where we were tickohteating in her fireman suit. The 3s are going to be quite an adventure I tell ya.

  4. Clare says:

    These costumes are way better than their costumes you had them in for their first Halloween! Love it.

  5. Lexie Lane says:

    Oh! This is just way too cute! So lovely these two! I absolutely love all the pics you put up. I feel like I know them even if I don’t!

  6. cococute says:

    The witch is missing but it does not matter at all because of this cuties and yes the lion with a rainbow is a new character, I hope the twins enjoyed their trick o treat.

    • Twin Mom says:

      You guys are being tough on me about that witch! Should have mentioned that Grammy was a witch! They sure did enjoy the day :)

      • Mollygram says:

        From Grammy: This is the first time my age 2 grandchildren were not afraid of my witch costume because we prepared them ahead with many voice renditions and spoke about make believe.
        The funny part was answering the door while the twins went trick or treating with their parents. Many people thought I was Twin Mom dressed up as a witch. I even got a wonderful cheek kiss on my wrinkly witch mask from an unsuspecting fan! Very funny!

        • Twin Mom says:

          We definitely prepared them a lot this Halloween – making sure that they knew it was all pretend and not really scary… Seems to have worked since you were a VERY scary witch!

  7. Pamela R says:

    I love the Lion with the rainbow! Glad they had fun =)

  8. Becky says:

    Oh my goodness!! How do you not just eat them up everyday!!! So cute!

  9. Corinne says:

    I love the rainbow costume! I can’t believe he wouldn’t wear it. But of course he wouldn’t since you put so much time and effort into it. Murphy’s Law of Moms. :-)

    • Twin Mom says:

      Yup – Murphy’s Law for sure! That’s why we had the back up. I had so much fun making the costume and the 2 minutes of breathless laughter we got when he struggled into it made it all worth it to me!

  10. Erin P. says:

    You did a really good job on the costumes. Kiddos sure do know how to make things hard on us mommas. My daughter is non verbal so I get to usually guess what she wants. If I got that out of her I would have done the same thing.

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