Halloween Revisited [Updated… with ninja fights]

November 2, 2005    By: Kristen J @ 12:28 pm   Category: Life

Well, my fellow bloggers here are a couple Halloween pictures that I promised to post.

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The first picture is of my dear little ones in their Halloween costumes that were hand-sewn by me. I slaved away for many a day on those babies and now have promised my self that I will never do that again. Not only was it way to time consuming but my back is still recovering from sitting hunched over a sewing machine for way too long.


The second picture is of a dog’s behind. I thought everyone would appreciate my fabulous photographic skills. Honestly it wasn’t completely my fault, the dang dog would not hold still. Next time I will just ignore any dinosaur-costumed dogs roaming the neighborhood. Maybe not though, it is a pretty sweet picture.

I don’t have any pictures of my husband and me in our costumes yet. I’ll have to get those from my neighbor before I can post them. Please keep checking back at “The Thang” frequently for the sure-to-be-fabulous pictures. If they make me look fat you can forget ever seeing them posted here though.

Apart from the few minutes I ran around the neighborhood like a crazed maniac looking for my separated 4 year old (don’t worry I found him quickly) it was a pretty fun Halloween night.


Due to popular demand, we have updated this post to include this shocking photo of a small bat ninja battling a larger, uglier ninja in broad daylight. As you can see, the bat ninja is attempting to employ the dreaded “Monkey Steals the Peach” maneuver. Rumor has it the fight erupted after a dispute over candy distribution…

Monkey steal peach


  1. So is this post supposed to be a trick or a treat?

    Comment by don — November 2, 2005 @ 4:17 pm

  2. Wow those are impressive, Kristen. Good job.

    Comment by Susan M — November 2, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

  3. Great job on those! Very cute. A couple years ago I too swore I would never again sew a costume. This year, my kids dressed in Chinese outfits we got last year in Chinatown when we visited my in-laws in California. Not as impressive as the costumes I used to make, but way, waaaaay less work (if you do decide to make more in the future, all I can say is, the Disney patterns are the worst. The sizes are all off and the instructions make everything more complicated than they need to be).

    Comment by Allison — November 2, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

  4. That’s a good idea Allison. I think if I do sew costumes I’m going to make everyone Jedi warrior robes. Something with minimal details. That large Indian Princess costume was a booger!

    Comment by Kristen J — November 2, 2005 @ 10:16 pm

  5. The only thing worse than sewing complicated Halloween costumes is sewing Barbie Doll clothes. If you’ve never done it — don’t! Especially Snow White…

    Comment by meems — November 2, 2005 @ 11:53 pm

  6. Any report regarding peach stealing monkeys? I note your ninja husband is absent from the costume pic, deliberate or not?

    Comment by Kurt — November 3, 2005 @ 4:28 am

  7. I actually sewed an elaborate ninja costume for him too. Honestly, on Halloween night we were just too tired to get all dolled up ourselves. He was fending off the hordes of children from our candy bowl and I was out pounding the pavement in our quest for sugar.

    Don’t worry in the next day or so we will post pictures of the Johnstons demonstrating the Monkey Steals the Peach move that you introduced to the bloggernacle.

    Meems-I haven’t sewn any Barbie Clothes for my girls, I just remember doing it with my mom as a little girl. Yikes!

    Comment by Kristen J — November 3, 2005 @ 8:38 am

  8. Great pictures, Kristen! I am in awe of anyone who can make clothes from scratch by themselves – let alone Halloween costumes. Amazing. Cute dog, too!

    Comment by Elisabeth — November 3, 2005 @ 10:19 am

  9. I just snorted Diet Coke all over my keyboard upon seeing “monkey steals the peach!” Classic!

    One sewing hint: Find a medical supply store and get one of those tray tables they have in hospital rooms then put your sewing machine on that. Then you can raise and lower it to a height that’s easier on your back.

    Comment by Chad Too — November 4, 2005 @ 6:35 am

  10. “Monkey Steals the Peach” is clear evidence that Banner of Heaven has left humanity a permanent legacy.

    Of course, in this case it may prevent Geoff from adding to one aspect of his legacy—posterity!

    Comment by Christian Y. Cardall — November 4, 2005 @ 7:16 am

  11. Thanks for the advice on the sewing table, I might have to give that some serious thought.

    Christian-I say BoH was worth it just because of “Monkey Steals the Peach”. Don’t worry about posterity for Geoff cause we’re done!

    Comment by Kristen J — November 4, 2005 @ 8:33 am

  12. LOL! This is funny. Sorry, but I was a bit alarmed when I first saw this picture. Looks like the devil is just grabbing onto Geoff’s leg, though. Phew.

    Comment by Elisabeth — November 4, 2005 @ 10:19 am

  13. Fear not… Everything remains peachy here!

    Comment by Geoff J — November 4, 2005 @ 11:14 am

  14. Kristen, I’m fine that you’re done with posterity but since “monkey steals the peach” leads to massive blood loss and death, perhaps it’s not the best method of birth control. “Urologist snips the peach” is a lot less bloody and allows for local anesthesia ;-)

    Comment by Chad Too — November 5, 2005 @ 9:23 am

  15. Ha! Maybe so Chad, maybe so!

    Comment by Kristen J — November 5, 2005 @ 10:09 am

  16. That Ninja photo’s hilarious.

    Comment by Allison — November 7, 2005 @ 3:04 pm