Three days to go and my family has already donned five Halloween costumes for three separate pre-Halloween festivities. For a last minute girl like me, these early events mean that we are oddly, unusually ready for Halloween and I don’t have to wait until after the holiday to share our costumes with you.
Pete the Cat:
Noah settled on Pete the Cat, one of his favorite book characters, for his Halloween costume. If you don’t know Pete the Cat, check out the books, videos and songs here. I sewed ears and a tail to a blue super skin suit (which he wore backwards), then added four groovy buttons to his yellow raincoat. He was such a cute and happy Pete at his buddy’s Halloween party last weekend that I had no idea he’d soon morph into an…
As Noah set aside my Pete creation for his brother’s old astronaut costume, I decided to go along with the costume change, keeping my cool much more than when he told me he wanted to trade in last year’s homemade Frosty the Snowman costume for a new one at our supermarket’s swap.
Blue Cat versus Foil Wrapped Space Explorer: we’ll see which costume will win out on Halloween night.
Prince William and Princess Kate
My husband often attracts attention as a Prince William lookalike. No one has ever mistaken me for Princess Kate, but we ran with it for our friend’s awesome costume/birthday bash. We could have worked a bit harder on our hair color, but we accessorized instead.
Ryan wanted to be a human Rainbow Loom, one of the hottest toys in America (and our house).
We’ve been working on this one for a few weeks. First, Ryan took careful measurements of his loom, and together, we calculated proportionate measurements to his body. We then created a prototype with cardboard and plastic cups as pegs. This was an unplanned, but excellent, math and spatial exercise for both of us.
To make wearing posterboard as comfortable as possible, we kept the dimensions small and used a 10 inch by 30 inch piece of gray posterboard, wrapped in Saran Wrap to give it a shiny plastic look. Thanks to Dad’s meticulous measuring and cutting skills, the loom came together without much trouble.
Scott used a penknife and zipties to secure 10-ounce clear Solo cups to the posterboard, in the alternating one peg/2 peg pattern of the original loom. Blue duct tape made the loom’s signature blue baseplates and doubled as straps to attach the loom to Ryan. Giant rubber bands from Staples and a cane-turned-loom hook finished the costume.
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