The Holland Family Blog » Erica Holland Photography and Family Happenings

In an old house in Germany . . .

In an old house in Germany without any vines lived three little girls in one straight line.

They smiled at the good

and frowned at the bad

and sometimes they were very sad

They left the house at half past nine in one straight line in rain or shine.

The tallest one was Madeline.

She was not afraid of mice – she loved winter, snow and ice. To the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said, “Pooh-pooh!”


And nobody knew so well how to frighten Miss Clavel.


Last night was our branch Halloween party and trunk or treat. I’m not sure that we will go trick or treating again this year, and my grandparents have been asking for a blog, so here it is. Annika and I came up with the idea months ago for a Madeline Halloween. Brad’s Mom came and brought fabric and patterns and taught me how to sew little dresses for the girls. In typical fashion, I finished sewing them all just in time. Annika is usually very reluctant to let me take pictures of her, but she loved the idea of a Madeline photoshoot. Lucy and Elise weren’t quite so excited. Annika and I have more plans for Madeline pictures, so maybe you will see some again.

Lucy and Elise were thrilled by trunk or treating. It didn’t take them long to figure out that if they held out their bag or a hat that people would fill it with candy. They shuffled from car to car saying “candy? treat?” Annika responded to each new gift of candy with a polite and oh-so-appropriate “merci!” By the end of the night they were sticky and positively beaming. Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but we had a great time. I wonder how many more years I’m going to be able to choose their costumes for them and eat all the chocolate out of their candy bags without them noticing?

And now one more picture before we go

And that’s all there is. There isn’t any more.

Instagram| |
  • Uma - I JUST CAN’T TAKE THE CUTENESS OVERLOAD! This has got to be the most awesome blog post EVER! Great job on the costumes, Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I’m not sure if “cuteness” can be over used. This blog will be the test. Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Emily bunnell - So cute, Erica. And amen on choosing their costumes and eating the chocolateReplyCancel

  • Mom - No more??? I want more! I want more!ReplyCancel

  • Augustina - Oh my goodness you are all so so cute! You are such aa creative mom. I hope you make this into a book for your girls they would love it.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - OK, if cute is overused, how about precious and adorable. I especially loved the last photo, there’s nothing like love at home.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - Oh my gosh ADORABLE!!! Great costumes you are all fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Cristine - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Adorable costumes!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Johnson - True Erica fashion, adorable and perfect! We love you all and miss seeing you. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - OMIGOSH i just saw this on pinterest – CUTEST coordinated costumes ever! I grew up with three little sisters and wish my mom had done this – so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Hello! I just came across your adorable photograph on Pinterest, of your two little girls giving eachother a kiss in their Madeline costumes, which then led me here, to your blog. That is one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen!!! :) I recently just started my own blog called “Everything Beautiful and Inspiring”. I’m going to now check out the rest of your blog. All the best to you! Take care, MaureenReplyCancel

  • Lynette - My little girl is dying to be Madeline for halloween. But I can not find a pattern. What pattern did you use so I can sew her a costume?

    Your girls are precious! Love it!

  • Danielle @Mommy and Me Book Club - Hi!

    I love your Madeline pics! I wondered if I could have your permission to share one of the pics and a link to your blog on a blog post I am writing featuring book inspired costumes? Please let me know.


    danielletscribner at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Shannon - This is so, so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Michael England - Absolutely wonderful.
    Such lovely children..superb photography.ReplyCancel

  • BARBARA CHOMA - Like Lynette I would like to know where you got the pattern for the dresses. My daughter just sent me this post wanting to know if I can make the dressed for Halloween. The girls are precious.


  • KidStyleFile Loves Kids Books : Book Week 2013 Costume Ideas - KidStyleFile - [...] Madeline Erica Holland + Madeline $13.52 $12.56 [...]ReplyCancel

  • Carrie H - Hello, I too have come across your blog from Pinterest and I also have a Madeline! I am planning on dressing her up as Madeline for Halloween and would love to know where you got the dresses, or a pattern for them. Thank you so much! I loved your pictures :) ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Brooks Hicks - Off the charts cuteness! This is the cutest Madeline dress I’ve ever seen. Could you please email me where I can find the pattern? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - You have inspired our Halloween costume this year! I have 19month old twin girls. I just adore this post. Do you have the information on where to order the pattern? kelseyknarr@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • Amy Allender - This idea is adorable! This month I’m posting an original costume idea every day on my blog’s Facebook page. Tonight I linked to this post! So inspiring, so cute. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MJ Carey - Loved the photos and the costumes. I used to make them for my children when they were small. Good job, Mom. Enjoy them now because they will grow up sooooo fast!ReplyCancel

  • 20 Handmade Halloween Costumes | The Merrythought - [...] Oh Happy Day.  |  Ragdoll Costume. A Beautiful Mess. Mouse. Déguisements D’enfants.  |  Madeline. Erica Holland. Strongman. Oh Happy Day.  |  Alice in Wonderland. Misha Lulu. Pompom Clown. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Lea - Absolutely adorable and so creative …
    you make me wish I had little girls, too :) ReplyCancel

  • Adriana Zoder - Absolutely adorable. How did you make the costumes?ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Harbertson - I absolutely love these sweet little costumes! I wanted to do the same for my baby girl this year. What pattern did you use and where did you find your hats? Thank you!


  • 14 Amazing Bookish Halloween Costumes for Children - BOOK RIOT - […] “…and the smallest one was Madeline.” […]ReplyCancel

  • Halloween Costumes | Mama Momtourage - […] Ms. Clavel and the Orphans from Madeline via Erica Holland […]ReplyCancel

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *