That my girls, aged 7 and 9, don't need me anymore when it comes to dressing-up.
When before I had to create a costume for them months ahead, when before they are already bugging me if I am ready to create a monster out of them days ahead, when before I had to assemble my very limited make-up kit hours ahead -- those days are gone. (My girls' impression is that only dark and horror costumes are allowed during Halloween. I have been trying to convince them to re-consider, not successful this year.)
Days before Halloween, the girls were already practicing. Dressing-up, dressing-down; complete with make-up and accessories. Their fantasy plays were in high gear.
Maybe because we have collected enough costumes in their closets already. Maybe because the needed make-up kits are now accessible to them. Maybe because they already know what they want to be, what to do.
On Halloween night, while I set-up the treats outside; I didn't see the girls. When I set-up dinner, I didn't hear from them. But when I announced that dinner is ready, both of them dashed down in costume and fully made up!!
The girls are growing up.