We had a beautiful day. We spent the morning jumping from one Halloween parade to the next and then we gathered with our neighborhood and friends this evening to celebrate. This picture tells how Briggs felt about it.
Our little Yoshi go-cart cruised around on his scooter with balloons trailing behind him and he couldn’t have been more happy. He’s finally old enough that his little legs could handle walking/scooting the whole time. I pushed an empty scooter all night – I was sure he was going to putter out, but he proved me wrong.
I know Halloween is low on many people’s holiday list – but I love it (minus the candy!). We are in our prime weather season so walking around during a beautiful evening is welcomed. Sharing that walk with friends is even better. Then we show up to all our neighbor’s houses and every house is a welcome and happy greeting. What’s not to love?!
Steve and I sat on the couch (which are pushed extremely close together while we continue working on the house), with costumes and candy wrappers littering the floor and wondered how in the world it’s already November?? Our fall has blown past us and with Halloween behind us, we’re in full blown “holiday” season. Can’t we just have another October? Is that too much to ask?
Sidenote: We picked up this Globber scooter (aff) on clearance after last Christmas and gave it to Briggs for his birthday. He was turning two and maybe a little young to figure it out, even though it has three wheels and much easier than the razor scooters (although Cannon has loved it and used it a lot). About a month ago – he finally figured it out and he now loves it. It’s so funny to watch his little legs push along, so low to the ground. It makes me think he’s ready for the balance bike!
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I have several favorite costumes, but our family lego costumes are at the very top of my list. Favorite of all time. Hands down. It might be a direct correlation to how much time I spent making those costumes, but a favorite indeed. Perhaps we need to pull them out again some year – the only problem is we’ve had another kid and I’m not about to make another Lego costume!
The Lego costumes had bodies were made from cardboard, large furniture boxes. I measured a lego mini figure and proportionally made measurements based on everyone’s height to create a pattern. They were cut out using my jigsaw (yes, I used a saw for cardboard – it’s what I’m comfortable with!) and taped together on the inside and the outside using Gorilla tape. I first tried duct tape but it didn’t stick to the cardboard like the Gorilla tape did.
I initially thought I would quick spray paint all the bodies. But a trial run left me with undesirable results. The paint soaked into the cardboard and all you could see was the tape on the edges. Plan B: Cover the cardboard in fabric and paint the design on the fabric. Plan C: skip the bodies all together and wear clothing that represents the bodies. I was determined to make plan B work.
I didn’t think covering the boxes in fabric would be extremely difficult. However, I’m not a seamstress and I basically had to create slipcovers for each box with odd angles. The results were a long shot from being perfect but they were 100% better than plan A and still better than plan C.
With fabric covered boxes, I used our video projector showing lego guys to trace designs on the boxes. I then went to work painting each design with craft paint. This was probably my favorite step out of the whole project. I remember Steve was out of the country the week before Halloween and all I had was cardboard box bodies somewhat put together before he left. As I painted late into each night he was gone, I saw the costumes coming together and it made excited. Each detail I painted added to authenticity and it wasn’t the chore I thought it would be. The task was more than rewarding and I watched some great movies in the process.
My mom came into town while Steve was gone and was with me while I painted a few of the bodies. She shook her head in disbelief that I was spending as much time as I was on each body. And although the word “crazy” escaped her lips more than once in describing the process (or perhaps referring to me in general) she pitched in and helped me out. Two of the costumes needed some pants to go with their bodies – and she sat at the sewing machine and whipped them out. Where was she when I was covering the boxes?!
By the time Steve arrived home just in time for Halloween, he was amazed by the finished product. The kids continually tried them on and loved them. The bodies and the heads sat on our dining room table in hopes of not being ruined before the big day and everyone that came to our house and saw them could not wait to see them in action.
Who could’ve predicted that we would have record heat (breaking 100) on Halloween. Those costumes were not meant for summer weather and our heads were a bit toasty. But the kids were troopers (aside from Cannon who was sick that evening and didn’t wear a costume at all!)
Just about everywhere we went – we were celebrities – we took a lot of pictures with random people. It was a fun night.
After Halloween was over they sat back on the dining room table until I could figure out what to do with them. I have high hopes of wearing them again someday – so they carefully sit wrapped in garbage bags in the attic awaiting to make their grand re-entrance!
My love for Halloween costumes is apparent. For the last 5 years, I’ve made the costumes for the most part, but that’s not how it started out. In fact, for many years the costumes were all purchased and my favorites were always from Pottery Barn kids. I worked there and waited until the end of the season and then snatched up all the best deals with my employee discount. I bought many years in advance and had many options in the same size. (I was picking them up for less than $10 a piece and I knew they’d get good use). So for several years after I quit working there we had costumes all lined up and then my kids kept growing and we needed costumes and that’s when I started making them.
But if I’m being honest, some of those Pottery Barn Kids costumes are still my favorites (in fact Briggs’ blue fish costume last year was Pottery Barn Kids purchased on ebay). Hunter’s Knight and Hallie’s Monarch butterfly are on my favorite’s list. They are extremely well made and I love the details – and they’re always comfortable which is high on the list of importance for kids.
Side note: Last year I was cleaning up the Halloween box when I was putting everything away and I went through all the costumes. I don’t have another child that will ever where that monarch butterfly but I couldn’t part with it. I loved it too much!
Hunter’s Cat in the Hat costume (part of our Dr. Seuss theme) is still a favorite – partly with how excited he was with it and partly with how easy it was!
Hunter was the first one to choose his costume. He wanted to be cat in the hat and there was no talking him out of it even when Steve wanted to be the same thing. This is the perfect character for him – completely fun and a little mischievous!
Hunter has been begging for one piece pajamas – this costume was the perfect opportunity. His union suit is from Amazon and he is excited to wear it after Halloween. We bought a piece of white fur and safety pinned it on. The bow tie is from Spirit Halloween and I would’ve purchased the hat from there as well but the quality was so poor I couldn’t bring myself to buy it – it was that bad. I found a pattern (McCalls 7675) and made the hat.
We don’t have a single Halloween decoration up – but I keep putting Halloween costumes on my to-do list! 🙂
This week I’m throwing it back to some of my favorite costumes we’ve had over the years – Steve’s Jack-in-the-box costume is on that list. (To match our fast food theme that year) When I originally told him I was buying an outdoor light globe and turning it into a costume, I think he doubted me. Lucky for me, I surprised us both!
Here’s how this costume was created: The trick was finding a large round object we could fit a head in. I’m embarrassed to admit how long I searched for something that fit the criteria but I found it as unusual as it was: An acrylic replacement globe for an outdoor light fixture. It was 16″ wide and the opening was 8″. It was perfect.
And although I spent forever searching for this – it took no time at all to create the actual head. I drilled two holes for eyes – measuring as best I could so Steve could see out of it. Then I used sheets of foam to create the face pieces. (These pictures were taken after Halloween and you’ll see the nose got a little abused and bent from moving it around and storing it.) You’ll notice in the picture the eyes are large round circles. I only used those for pictures. After pictures, we replaced them with circles with holes cut out of the middle so he could see.
With the head complete, Steve put on his Sunday best and he was done. The neighborhood loved him!