Sandy’s Halloween Trick

Wednesday is Halloween.  However, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, going Trick or Treating is the last thing on many people’s minds.  We knew that Wednesday was likely going to be a washout here.  Of course, if that’s Sandy’s only legacy by us, we’ll count ourselves lucky.

On Sunday, the sky was cloudy, but there was no rain.  It was a perfect time for the boys to a) be outside (something they won’t get to do for the next couple of days) and b) try out their costumes.

Boys In Costumes

JSL had decided he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear.  Unfortunately, all of the Buzz costumes were for little kids and didn’t fit him.  After Buzz, he couldn’t decide on Indiana Jones or Captain America.  In the end, Captain America prevailed.

Captain JSL America

The costume itself was purchased for Halloween, but the mask and shield were items JSL already owned.  (His mask fit better than the costume’s included mask.)

NHL chose Harry Potter, of course.  We’re in the middle of reading the books and he’s in love with the entire series.  When he needed glasses, back in March, he even picked a frame out because it looked like Harry’s.

NHL Potter

NHL loves casting spells with his wand, even if he wasn’t quite character-accurate with the magic he was doing.  Hint: Harry Potter does not tend to use Unforgiveable Curses like Cruciatus or Avada Kedavra.


The kids had a blast playing in their costumes.  We don’t know what the next few days will bring.  Hopefully, we’ll escape this hurricane with minimal damage.  At least the boys were able to have some fun before Sandy struck.

Kermit Potter

Kermit Potter and the Mashup of  MuppetsThe other day, we were driving and the subject of NHL’s birthday party came up.  He had wanted a Muppets themed party, but switched awhile back to Harry Potter (inspired, no doubt, by the fact that we’re reading the series together).  Then, when the difficulty of making Harry Potter cupcakes became apparent, he reverted back to Muppets.

As we went back and forth, I jokingly suggested putting Harry Potter glasses on the Kermit cupcakes to make Kermit Potter.  We laughed and then ran with the idea.  Mrs. Piggy would have to be Hermione Granger, of course.  Slightly hapless, but well meaning Ron Weasley would be best played by Fozzie Bear.  Meanwhile, completely hopeless Neville Longbottom would have Beaker taking his place.  Hagrid was an easy pick: Sweetums (the large, brown, hairy Muppet perhaps best remembered for running after the other Muppets in The Muppet Movie after being mistakenly left behind).

We couldn’t decide on who should play Voldemort, but I voted for Gonzo.  (He’s done villains before since he’s Darth Vader in the Muppets Star Wars sets that Disney sells.)  Of course, he’d be Weirdomort with a huge shnozz instead of serpent-like slits.  As we debated this, NHL had a stroke of genius.  The Dementors, he declared, should be Gonzo’s chickens.  (Instead of the Dementor’s Kiss, the Cluckmentor’s Peck?)  Mind you, NHL is still on Prisoner of Azkaban so he doesn’t know how the Dementors will align with Voldemort.

We’re still conflicted who Dumbledore should be.  Jim Henson is a big possibility, but I think he should be a Muppet figure.  It would have to be a "wise" figure to which Harry…. I mean Kermit Potter goes to for help.  Maybe Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?

The identity of Severus Snape was another problem until I stumbled upon a site that did their own Muppet-Harry Potter mashup.  (Sadly, I’ve lost the link to that site.)  Snape is a proud individual who sees himself as better than rabble like Harry and his friends.  Thus, Sam the American Eagle is perfect for the job.  Lupid was an easy pick: Rowlf the dog.  For Dobby the House Elf, we chose Rizzo the Rat.  Finally, Professor Trelawney was thought of as the Swedish Chef (even though he’d be playing a female character), but then I figured that Janice would be a better fit.

What Muppet would you cast in a Muppet-Harry Potter mashup and as which Harry Potter character?

Aloha Friday: Three and a Half Four Eyes

Over the past few weeks, NHL has been complaining about headaches.  At first, we thought he was just trying to get out of doing homework.  Eventually, though, we began to wonder if he was actually having trouble seeing.  An eye doctor’s appointment confirmed our suspicions: NHL needed glasses.

We tried on a few pairs, but NHL quickly decided that he had a favorite.  Can you tell why?


Here’s a hint:


Just call him NHL Potter!  Expelliarmus!

Of course, JSL started to feel left out.  After all, I have glasses, B has glasses and now NHL has glasses.  So he got his own pair.


They might not be real, but they keep him happy.

My Aloha Friday question for today is: Do your kids wear glasses?

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