Have you started thinking about Halloween, yet? It has become a tradition for our family to dress as a group each year. My kids actually LOVE this tradition and through out the year can often be heard suggesting and “casting” a favorite theme. We know what we are doing this year, but the how isn’t so figured out. Thank heavens my miracle worker/seamstress mom is coming to help me work it all out. Do you have any guesses as to what our family will be doing this year? Bonus points if you can figure out who will go as what!
Here is the trip down Halloween amnesia lane for the last nearly 10 years! Hopefully, this may help with your costume decision-making!
This may be the one that started it all! For some reason, my daughter decided she had to be a lamb for Halloween one year. My mother obliged by making her a costume, and before long, my ideas for a family grouping were realized. I am Little Bo Peep. Kira is the Little Lamb and BSB is The Big Bad Wolf.
Kira wanted to be Snow White the following year. My son was less than two months old, so we made him one of the dwarfs. (In this picture he is definitely Sleepy, but he took turns being Grumpy, happy, and most of the other dwarfs, throughout the night). We tacked the beard to the shirt, instead of his face, which worked perfectly since his chin was always down. I am the wicked queen, and my husband is the woodsman.
Then Kira wanted to be Cinderella. (Yeah, she always got her way at the beginning) I found this cute pumpkin costume for my son, and I was the fairy Godmother. (Barry was out of town, so off the hook, this year).
(2006– No family theme. *GASP* Trenton was a firefighter, and Kira was a princess from India.)
2007 was complicated by the arrival of my baby, Tessa. We ended up with two mini-groupings. My son was an astronaut and my daughter a sassy alien. (It’s about time he got to choose, huh!) I was still in the hospital when they went to the party at church (BIG thanks to my sister for getting them ready!)
2007 (pt. 2)
Tessa and I went to Gourmet Group about a week after she was born, and she had to wear the costume I made for her while I was awaiting her arrival. I went as a gardener and she was my prized peony. Her costume was pretty easy to make. I knitted the hat (easy on a round loom) out of green fuzzy yarn. We bought a onesieand tights and dyed them green, and I bought a giant peony, cut off the stem and stitched it to the cap. Being a gardener is easy if you have a pair of old overalls, gloves and a hat. She was the hit of the party!
In 2008 we did Narnia. Can you tell what we all are? (Except my husband, who tried to claim he was C.S. Lewis… Yeah. I didn’t buy it either.) This grouping was inspired by my daughter telling me she has the face of the white witch. She made a creepy one and my son was excited to carry a sword and serve as the knight in shining armor to all the princesses at the church party. If you can’t tell, I am a lamppost. I put glow in the dark bracelets around my bun, so the lantern did give off some light.
We inherited a really nice Buzz Lightyear costume that my son loved and I knew we could put together Woody and Jesse costumes with out too much trouble (thanks mom for sewing the chaps and the vest). I had plans for pull strings on their backs, but ran out of time. I recycled the Bo Peep costume, borrowing a blond wig this time, and stuffed my pink shirt for my daughter to be Hamm along with the cute hat I found at the craft store.