An “Emotional” Halloween


Last year we switched things up.

Normally everyone comes up with their own costume idea that they would like to bring to life on Halloween night. The talking, and planning, and preparations often begin a month or two in advance as Halloween is a favorite holiday in our family. The costumes chosen are quite often reflective of the phase they are currently in with game characters, movies characters, or book characters being popular themes.

Last year they decided they wanted our family to try a group costume and we decided on the theme of “Toy Story.”

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Everyone enjoyed having a themed family costume so much that this year the kids decided to go for a group costume once again. Starting in August discussion began on possible group costumes with consideration given to the number of characters available, the sex of those characters, and whether that theme was compatible with the make up of our family unit.

We knew Toby would be away for Halloween so we were looking for a group costume comprised of 3 male characters and 3 female characters.

Our visit to Disneyland focused our desire on a Disney movie theme for the group costume and we eventually came up with the idea of “Inside Out” as our costume theme.

For those unfamiliar with the movie “Inside Out” here is a synopsis:


Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

“Inside Out” is a movie that is quite familiar to the children in our house, not only because of frequent viewings but also because we have used that movie as an effective therapy tool for the boys in the journey to help them better understand their emotions and the important role emotions play in their lives and in their healing.

In the movie there are six main characters in addition to Riley, the little girl. These characters are Sadness, Joy, Fear, Disgust and Anger…the emotions that run the control center in her brain. There is also Bing Bong, Riley’s childhood imaginary friend. These are the characters we decide to dress up as for Halloween.


It was a fun theme that we embraced with enthusiasm! The characters chosen by each family member proved to be incredibly fitting, both in looks and temperament. 😉

Here is a peek at our finished costumes:


Molly as “Joy”



Tyler as “Anger”



Grace as “Disgust”



Ozzie as “Fear”



Rusty as “Bing Bong”

And I dressed as “Sadness”

It was a Halloween full of emotions!

A Happy Halloween from our family to yours!


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