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!
I think I’ve finally made it to the end of the Halloween pictures. I always overshoot Halloween and I’m not even sorry about it. I love all of them.
Here’s a few more things I love:
I love that Bennett participated in the school Halloween parade with his best friend by his side decked out as a fox.
And I love that all his siblings got to cheer for him as he walked by. (The school has a parade for K-2 grade and then 3-6 get to watch the parade with parents and family members.)
I love that Cannon could be convinced to wear our old dragon costume to preschool dress-up day because I didn’t want to chance his Lorax costume getting ruined before our family dress up night – there wasn’t enough time to make a new one if something happened. So a dragon he was – a really friendly dragon.
I love how much he loves his best little friend. He adores her and everything is made better with her in the picture.
I love how Hallie convinced her friends to join in on her costume – and that they all came over one afternoon to make their skirts together.
I love how Briggs is starting to photobomb pictures. I can’t get him in the picture and then I can’t get him out of the picture. I love that Cannon’s face didn’t change through a series of 12 photos with Briggs walking in and out of the photo.
I love that my husband is such a good sport. Many people ask how I get him to go along with my shenanigans – it’s not as bad as you might think. He’s quite cooperative. Sure he’d much prefer to not dress up, but every year he plays along and I love him for it.
Lastly, I love that my kids still think it’s cool to dress up as a family. They really know no different. They help decide the theme and then they all make their selections. It’s a family affair. And I absolutely love it.
Each of the kids chose their costumes from our theme (which is how we get our older ones to participate with us – they still feel like they have an option). I even tried really hard to use my powers of persuasion and failed. How can you have Dr. Seuss without I am Sam?? And the Lorax? I’m not even sure how Cannon knows the Lorax but he was determined.
Here’s the details of how we pulled off the costumes. I found an awesome website primary.com – they basically have every color of the rainbow in shirts and pants which is convenient when planning costumes. Hallie’s shirt is from primary.com, she made her skirt, tights were from Amazon and are an adult size (she had friends buy the kid size and they were ridiculously small) and the shirt emblem was from Spirit Halloween. She dressed up with 4 friends and they were darling.
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.
When Bennett found out Hunter was getting one piece pajamas – he too insisted his costume have a one piece. Luckily I found it in black as well as red. His union suit was also from Amazon. We were going to make him a headband with ears but he found this fox hat and matching tail at Spirit Halloween. We also safety pinned a piece of fur to his chest. I made him some blue gloves and socks.
Cannon wanted to be the Lorax and I tried so hard to talk him out of it. (a red fish with Briggs or I am Sam was what I was pulling for) First of all – I found a Lorax costume on eBay (Pottery Barn Kids from last year) but they wanted $80. That was not going to happen. I tried finding a one piece orange suit. Which was unsuccessful. So I had to make it – for a character I don’t even care for!
I used the same pattern from Hunter’s hat (McCalls 7675) for the suit and hood. Then made the mustache out of a yellow feather boa. The mustache was supposed to sit on his face but within 10 seconds of putting it on he was crying because the feathers were bothering him. Then he didn’t want the mustache at all – which wasn’t going to work because then he would just be an orange jumpsuit. This was the compromise. He wore it like that all night Saturday and Halloween. Since Hunter and Bennett were sleeping in their Halloween costumes – Cannon too insisted sleeping in this (minus the hat and mustache). He just found his new favorite pajamas!
Briggs had the easiest costume – eBay (pottery barn kids last year). I bought his top and bottom from Primary.com when I bought Hallie’s shirt. The day his costume arrived in the mail – I put it on him and he was immediately in tears. I did this a couple days in a row and by the time Saturday rolled around for our Trunk or Treat he had absolutely no problem keeping the costume (including the hat) on all night, including Halloween night. And for the record – he was completely happy and pleasant both nights without being clingy to Steve or myself – I’m pretty sure the fish suit has healing properties!
Steve’s costume was the most fun to make and was the last one I worked on. Up until a week before, Steve hadn’t settled on his character. Grinch or I am Sam. He let me pull the trigger and I chose well – he was the perfect Grinch.
The mask and green fur were both from Amazon – thank you two day shipping! We took an old white long sleeve shirt and adorned it with ribbon, felt and jingle bells using fabric glue – no sewing involved.
I made a green fur hood (using his sweatshirt as a pattern), gloves, and leg warmers (safety pinned to the bottom of his pants). This fur is extremely difficult to work with because it sheds everywhere. My laundry room looks like the Grinch murder scene!
With Steve as the Grinch – naturally I was going to be Cindy Lou Who. I already had the black dress so my costume was mostly complete. I made a fur trimmed cape and bought some polka dot leggings on Amazon. The last step was tackling my hair. There is a red solo cup in all that hair with pony tails holding it together. It was surprisingly easy and didn’t give me headache – the only issue was trying to get in and out of my car. It’s not easy being a Who!
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There aren’t many words needed to describe this year’s costumes. The pictures do most of the talking!
Dr. Seuss costumes are in the book: The grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Thing 1, Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, the Lorax and Blue fish (as in red fish, blue fish). Costumes that will now fill another box in the attic. (A collection that keeps growing in number of boxes – we need to start recycling these things!)
It’s late Halloween night and I’m sifting through a lot of pictures. Both from tonight and even this morning’s Halloween parade, Cannon’s parade yesterday, our neighborhood party last Saturday – we’re talking a lot of pictures. And I thought for sure I’d be able to have all the photos edited and ready to post. But I don’t. Instead we had an amazing evening with great friends, where we sat on our driveway and handed out candy, enjoyed a nacho bar, kept track of game 6 and took the kids trick-or-treating in shifts. It’s the first year we haven’t had a neighborhood party the night of Halloween and I have to say, I quite enjoyed just hanging out on the driveway.
We saw so many people – we figure there was probably 800 people that stopped by for candy and we kept handing it out until it got pretty late and we had to finally get kids in bed. We didn’t have any meltdowns. (Correction – Cannon had a meltdown when a 30-year-old man didn’t just want the candy from the bucket we were handing out from, he also took a fist full from Cannon’s bucket and took off which left Cannon in tears. Easily rectified, but I was irritated at his boldness!)
We had a driveway full of friends and neighbors and it was quite the sight. Tables full of chairs, empty plates and candy wrappers. Kids weaving scooters/plasma cars/cozy coupes in and out of tables. Game 6 on a television we set up outside. The kids were happy. The parents were happy. And nobody hit their exhaustion point – the point we avoid at all costs!
And then it was over. Hunter, Bennett and Cannon all requested to sleep in the one piece suits from their costumes and I happily obliged – the only thing I was strict on was brushing those teeth!