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mcg kids do halloween

Yep, around here, we call it Halloween. I sincerely hope no one’s offended by our jack-o-lanterns and after-bedtime scary movie fests and costumes… we totally dig Halloween!

Now, we planned way in advance for our kids’ costumes this year. WAY in advance. Like, Jack has been thinking about his since his birthday in March, but Mack had Dot’s costume picked out BEFORE WE WERE EVEN PREGNANT. Boy or girl, this baby was going to have this costume, and we were going to do this photo shoot. I love the man for his passion about stuff like this. 🙂

I’m not going to spend a lot of time yammering. I’ll start with Jack’s costume, and give Mack a shout-out, because he was able to PERFECTLY execute the idea we had for these pictures. Jack is a UFC fighter. “Captain” Jack McGowan, fighting in the Ultra-Ultra-Crazy Lightweight Division, of course. 🙂 I hope we get lots of comments on these pictures, because sometimes Jack feels a little left-out of blog land (although it’s his own silly fault, because he hides from my camera). He’s way proud of these, though, and can’t wait to get home from school and see what everyone says about them!

Such a little sweaty stud!

He practiced his mean face a lot, but kept breaking into giggles. I love my sweet boy!

The absolute crowning achievement is that Mack actually made him a fight poster, which we got printed so he could take it to school with him today while he wore his costume!!! What do you guys think… is he ready for the big time? 🙂

Dot’s costume is silly. Just pure silliness. When we were trying to get pregnant, Mack joked about hoping we had a baby who was big enough to sit up alone at Halloween, because he wanted to dress him/her up as a gnome (a la the Travelocity commercials) and hide him/her in the bushes. Ridiculous, right? Well, it came up over and over and over again, so I could tell he really loved the idea, and I started to love it, too!

Luckily, Dot is sitting up really well right here around Halloween, and my sewing whiz of a mama whipped us up an ADORABLE gnome costume… complete with white cotton beard! These pictures are just so rockin’… I hope you’ll agree!

She really didn’t know what to think about all the fuss… I think she’s secretly making fun of us crazy grownups in her head.

And, of course, my favorite for last!


Now, as I’ve already admitted on FB… this post was actually scheduled to go up TOMORROW, and a wedding was supposed to be up today. But I messed up! So be sure and come back tomorrow for pictures from Matt & Erin’s Colleyville wedding! 🙂

  1. aunt ambo says:

    Oh my gosh! I love love love this! I have it up on my phone in the van on the way to Canton with the church ladies and everyone is oooing and ah’ing over the shots! Wonderful job guys! My favorite big boy Jack and my favorite little girl Dottie, I love you guys like crazy-way to ROCK Halloween!

  2. Alicia says:

    This just made my day! It reminds me of the saying “if you can’t do something right…” well, you know. Jack, you are the perfect UFC fighter! I’m impressed with the mean face (and the Oscar goes to…)! Dot is just too adorable! The gnome idea is hilarious! This is what makes me glad I start my day with your blog :). Happy Halloween!

  3. Whitney Rancourt says:

    Okay, so Jack is now the most intimidating elementary school kid I’ve ever seen! The sweat! The gleam in his eyes! Aaaah, terrifying!

  4. Christian F. says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!!! I am smiling from ear to ear!!! These are absolutely AWESOME!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the costumes! I will always be jealous of your creativity and fun nature!! You are rockin parents! Jack looks SO tough!!!! I love UFC fighters!! You will have to fight the girls off of him 😉 and Dorothy looks so precious! Her blue eyes and sweet little smile, I LOVED it! It all worked perfectly, thank you so much for sharing these pics!! It made my Halloween better :)!

  5. jennifer wright says:

    oh my wowness you all are amazing photographers of course i have known this for a long time but i never leave comments but these are so delicious lol of course dot is absolutely cute but those pics of jack he is so big and totally looks the part he did a good job workin on his mean face i was scared lol anyways you are one lucky mama and papa to have two such amazing and adorable children have a good day and happy hauntings

  6. Danielle says:

    Bahahaaa, I love Dot’s costume!!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Wow, Jack’s costume is awesome! I bet he will be the coolest kid in school today too with that poster.

    …and as for Dorothy.. I’m still cracking up!! That is quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen!!!!

  8. Mack says:

    I took half of these pictures. I’ve looked at them at least dozen times, and stared at Jack’s poster for even longer than that. This blog STILL makes my heart happy. I have an amazing family!

  9. Suzie says:

    CUTE! Jacks will be adorable to show in some wedding slide show some day!

  10. Courtney says:

    Now I must admit that I am a UFC fan as well, and boy does Jack look like a PRO!! He could totally take on Chuck Liddell or GSP. Total knockout by Team McG 🙂

    And of course Dot is precious and the idea is HILARIOUS. I’m totally for embarrassing your kids before they’re old enough to talk!

  11. Jennifer Aviles says:

    I ALWAYS check the blog but NEVER post. But this time I felt like it was needed, ya know, to show Jack how awesome he really is! Let me start of by saying Dot is the cutest little garden gnome I have ever seen! But this comment is mostly for Jack! Jack, you’re awesome, coolest costume I’ve seen this year, or ever! And the poster? Priceless!! I bet you were the coolest kid at school, huh? (But I bet that has nothing to do with the costume)

    Happy Halloween to all the McGowan family!

  12. Melody says:

    I looooooooooooooooooooooooooove Jack’s costume and pics. You guys did an amazing job with the idea. LOVE it!! GSP got nothin’ on you, Jack!

  13. Angie says:

    Jack, my son is 10 and he thought your costume was awsome but he thought your poster was the coolest thing ever.He wants to know what everyone said at school. Dot, I wish I could find a cute little gnome like you in my yard you are soooo cute ! Chelsea and Mack you did a great job. I’m very impressed.

  14. Lyndie says:

    Jack looks like a pro!! Those pictures are awesome. And a gnome. Seriously? cutest. idea. ever. These kids are going to get a ton of candy!

  15. Carman says:

    I LOLed at Dot’s costume–what a great idea! And Jack should REALLY stop hiding from your camera. He’s such a cutie, and his costume is kick-but! I love the poster, Mack did a great job. McGowan clan for the win!

  16. Meagan says:

    GEEEEEZ… Eric and I just finished looking at this post… twice. Jack’s pictures are oh-my-gosh-we-can’t-even-believe-how-good-these-are FANTASTIC. He’s SO hardcore! Perfect photoshoot for this costume. (Eric is blown away!)

  17. Liesa says:

    Sooooo Captain Jack is a TOTAL stud. Those pictures of him were so awesome and intense!! He did a really great job with the serious faces…they were great! I loved how dramatic they were, and the poster was amazing!!!

    Also, Dot as a lawn gnome–aaaadorable. I love how creative you guys are for costumes! You sure we can’t get more?

  18. Jennifer says:

    Those are great! Jack looks awesome! and dot is super cute, like always!

  19. Erica says:

    Your kiddos are precious. I think you executed this perfectly! Jack looks like he’d fit right into an arena and fight with the best of them. Dot, well, she is too stinkin’ adorable and should replace the gnome on the travelocity commercials.

  20. Amyjo says:

    Jack is going to do some serious damage! Wowza! Great scare tactic in those shots! And that gnome will bring crazy good luck. Very cute guys!

  21. Auntie B says:

    Oh MY GOSH! I’m new to the blog but am a total addict 🙂 These Halloween pics are UNBELIEVABLE-NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE- AWESOME! I literally check this site daily (sometimes more than two times a day)to follow all of your (McG) work! Thanks for the great photographic moments!

  22. annie says:

    Jack… er, Captain Jack – You are a total rock star. You look awesome in your Halloween costume! You are the coolest, toughest UFC fighter I’ve ever seen. Keep rocking it out! I love you!

    Dottie – What can I say? You are precious as always! No matter how silly the costume, you just take it with a grain of salt. You are a beautiful baby girl and I love you so much!

    P.S. I can’t wait to show Cade these pictures. He is going to flip!

  23. Shari Craig says:

    I love the Halloween pictures! Jack did well & looks very tough! The poster is very cool, too! Cudos to Mack! Miss Dot is the cutest gnome I’ve ever seen, far cuter than the commercial guy! Last of all I have to say I get the biggest kick outta the FB posts, comments and pictures you 2 share! You do a fantastic job with the picture taking. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Angela says:

    “Captain Jack” looks very legit. Love the poster! What an awesome little guy. And Dot is just adorable too in her little outfit!

  25. This is pure genius. For real.

  26. Mike says:

    Jack is rockin’ it! I have to agree about the EIF (Elementary Intimidation Factor). 😉 #3 & #7 are like totally awesome! I love the poster too. Dot’s last shot is perfect! Travelocity should pay her royalties.

  27. JACK!!! pure awesomeness!! I Love it.. and you rocked that fierce look! 🙂 & Dot.. too cute!! I am loving the knome hat. heheh. I smiled all through this blog post.

  28. Natalie says:

    OMG so awesome!!! Jack looks amazing on his poster! How very cool of you guys to do this for Halloween 🙂

  29. Abby says:

    I love these so much!!! Your children are probably some of the absolute coolest kids ever… They are super lucky to have such amazing parents 🙂
    They would totally win my costume contest!!

  30. Stefani says:

    These are GREAT!! Dot as a gnome = super adorable! Jack’s costume is awesome too! The poster is super cool!

  31. Amber Burris says:

    Jack you are a rock star man!! You are the coolest Kid UFC fighter ever don’t ya know!! And the poster totally rocked!! Great mean face by the way!!

    Dot you are uber adorable as a gnome!!

  32. Katrina says:

    Jack is incredibly fierce-looking (and his own poster? jealous!)and Dot is without a doubt, the best gnome ever. Love it. Does she give the massages, too?

  33. Misty says:

    WHOA those shots of your little UFC are AWESOME!!!!!! So much intensity, gotta love his focus! Captain Jack FTW!!!
    And OMG OMG OMG OMGNOME!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so freakin’ fantastic, I can’t even tell you…and even better that your mom made the costume, the hat is PRICELESS! As are her expressions, LOL…and those unearthly blue eyes? Wow wow wow! SO glad Mack talked you into that! 🙂 Happy Halloween, y’all! <3

  34. Nicole says:

    These pics are awesome! Jack looks so tough! Love the poster! And I literally laughed out loud when I saw Dot’s costume! Very creative!

  35. Arly says:

    These pictures are AWESOME!!! Jacks costume rocks! and Dot looks adorable!! Happy Halloween

  36. becca says:

    Oh my gosh Jack your costume is awesome and your pictures make you look like a real UFC fighter! So fun! Dots costume is ADORABLE, such a good idea! These pictures are great and will be awesome to look back on years to come

  37. Kathleen says:

    ummm Im super in love with the gnome costume!!! Your mama did a fantastic job!

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