We love Halloween in our house, parents and kids alike! We love the creativity, the idea that you get to be something different for just a little bit, of course the candy too!! One of things that is most fun to us is coming up with a costume! We have been discussing possible Halloween costumes since last Halloween as I am sure many of you have been too. Violet is certainly not on her own here. Brad and I have always discussed possible costume ideas for us to do someday...Two of our favorites...Jack and the Beanstalk - I was Jack complete with a stuffed goose that I found at a thrift store and a painted golden egg, while tall and skinny Brad was the beanstalk complete with a felt hat and green beans safety pinned to green clothes! Another year Brad got off easily and only had to carry two circular wipe boards around that were attached to paint stirrers...the rest of his costume was me, an angel, and another friend, a devil...we were his good and bad conscience! That was a fun night, writing nice and naughty things on the wipe boards ;)
Last year Violet had decided she wanted to be ladybug girl for a long time and then about two weeks before Halloween she changed her mind and decided she wanted to be Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street. It actually wasn't too big of a deal because I had been procrastinating and had not yet started on the ladybug girl costume, phew! So, knowing that there might be last minute decisions, I gave everyone a deadline of October 15th to decide what they wanted to be. There was a lot of back and forth between many different costumes...and then it was decided, our new favorites...Henry, Llama llama red pajama, and Violet, Mary Poppins.
Violet's costume was so much fun to make put together. Our first stop was the thrift store, where in one day we found the perfect hat, gloves, and an actual kid's sized Mary Poppins bag!! The coat was borrowed, the umbrella purchased because we needed a new functioning one anyway, the skirt was shortened from one of my old ones and the scarf was in our stash...Violet helped add the cherries and daisies to her hat and I whipped up a little felt parrot head! Voila!
Brad's costume involved $2 of red fabric, raiding his closet, raiding the recycle bin for the chimney sweep, and raiding the chimney for the soot!
As for Henry and I...llama mama and llama red pajama...quick fleece and felt llama head's, supplies purchase and put together on Saturday!! An apron made from dish towels and some lace from my stash attached to an old shirt of Brad's...
People kept complimenting us on the fact that we were wearing costumes also, thank you, but we just like to do it!! And, no, we don't have a ton of time, and yes, it is put together at the last minute!!!
Thankfully we were able to get out for a little neighborhood costume get together yesterday because, after all of the last minute putting together on Saturday, it turns out that we won't be heading out trick or treating tonight after all :( Violet was diagnosed with a little case of pneumonia this morning. So, instead, we will don our costumes in our house. Violet will pull some yummy treats out of her Mary Poppins bag to hand out to the trick or treaters and we will eat some homemade warm you up squash soup.
Before I leave...a trip down memory lane...
Violet Flower (8months)
Flying Fairy School Crew, Gonnigin, Blogg, Abby, Miss Sparklenose... (Violet 2 1/2, Henry 5 months)