Holidays without a loved one are never easy, a tragic reality the Bryant family is learning all too well.
Despite the immeasurable loss of husband Kobe and daughter Gianna, 14, in late January, Vanessa Bryant is determined to make the most of festive occasions for her other three daughters.
On Saturday the 38-year-old shared a glimpse into her Halloween celebration, as she and daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and one-year-old Capri, dressed up in matching costumes.
Strong ‘force’: Vanessa Bryant, 38, was is celebrating Halloween with her three daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, one, despite the tragic loss of Kobe and Gianna less than a year ago
Opting to do two themes for the holiday, the Bryant family chose Star Wars and storybook classic Madeline as their inspirations this year.
Showing that her family was a ‘force’ to be reckoned with, the family unit dressed up as varying characters from the intergalactic franchise.
Vanessa played the role of Darth Vader, with Natalia as BB-8, Bianka as a Storm Trooper and little Capri as an Ewok, as they posed for a memorable photoshoot.
Mother’s love: Vanessa cozied up to eldest daughter Natalia for a photo, as the duo that was dressed as Darth Vader and BB-8 held each other close and smiled for the camera
Good prevails: Bryant embraced Bianka as she brought her in for a sweet peck
Posing with her eldest daughter, Vanessa held Natalia close as they took a photo by themselves.
Grinning from ear to ear, they seemed to be making the most of the holiday despite it being the first without their full family unit present.
In another snap, Bryant cradled Bianka as she gave her a sweet peck on the lips.
Switching up the costumes, the girls went for a childhood classic as they did their best tribute to the book Madeline.
Madeline: After a quick outfit change, the ladies did their best rendition of Madeline, with mom Vanessa as the school teacher Miss Clavel
Ear to ear: Vanessa made sure to get a wide variety of pictures as she took full family photos and individual sweet snaps with each of her daughters
Sisterhood: The three sisters posed with the popup book Madeline as they grinned big for the photo
Vanessa wore a habit as she dressed as the boarding school teacher Miss Clavel, while all three daughters did their best impression of the storybook heroine Madeline.
Bringing the festivities home, Vanessa filled her kitchen with Halloween themed treats and spooky decor.
The girls indulged in rice krispie treats in the shape of a pumpkin and made haunted houses out of gingerbread cookies, decorating them with candy.
Sweet treats: Vanessa showed off her display of festive Halloween themed treats that included rice krispie treats that looked like pumpkins
Haunted house: The girls tried their hand at making haunted houses out of gingerbread cookies for a spooky touch to the kitchen
Though their lives have been completely turned upside down since losing Kobe and Gianna last winter, Vanessa maintains to be a survivor and a fierce role model for her three daughters.
Recently she shared her love for the Lakers, as her husband’s team brought home the Championship win for their beloved Kobe, despite it being bittersweet.
She shared an old photo of the incomparable duo, congratulating the team on their achievement while remembering the two missing pieces of her heart.
In her heart: After the Lakers won the Championships, Vanessa posted a throwback snap of Gianna and Kobe, while congratulating her husband’s team on pulling out the big win