I wasn’t going to, but there are too many cute pictures not to. I have to share a bit about Halloween.
Little Miss was Ariel and I would be lying if I said it was an original thought of hers. With her red hair and all, and The Little Mermaid being one of mine and my husband’s favorite Disney movie, we did some gentle nudging. Then suggesting. Then one day, we asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she magically said “Ariel!”
Sweet! I got the green light! (In our defense, she really IS into her.)
I love putting costumes together with whatever I can find at Value Village. So off I went to see what I could find for a mermaid.
I lucked out.
I found some awesome shiny, green, net-like material and snatched it up. (From my descriptions here on out, you will know, without a doubt, that I do not sew, and I truly have no idea what I’m doing.)
Then I had to look for something that would be the main part of the tail. I found a Women’s size small skirt that was a beautiful shimmery green, and it just happened to flare at the bottom. I had big plans for this piece, but it could also crumble in my face.
Next, I had to find a purple top for the bra piece.
Seriously, I was on a roll! I found a purple dress with some purple sequins. I could not believe it!
I know what you’re thinking. She doesn’t sew, how is she going to put something together. It was pretty risky buying all of this stuff and not really knowing whether it would work or not. But it was a $19 risk I was willing to take.I cut the skirt part off of the purple dress. The top was done.
Then I had to “take in” (is that the right phrase?) the skirt. She was going to wear it all the way up under her arm pits. After some painstakingly sloooooow hand sewing, it was done.
Now for the really fun part, (or really lame, tedious part that had to be done because it MADE the outfit), the shiny net-like material had to be put to use. I cut it in strips, (which sucked.) Next, I sewed a bunch of the strips to the top of the green dress, (also sucked).Then, I used tiny rubber bands to gather two strips all the way around the top. Then I did another row, then another, and another.There’s a twisted sort of excitement that one has when they’re doing something crafty and they have no idea if it’s actually going to come together like it’s supposed to.
This one, to me anyway, came together. What did it? The gems from Michael’s!! And finally, the girl was actually willing to try it on, (because my stubborn little lady doesn’t want to make anything easy for me).
I was pretty proud of this costume because I was making it up as I went.We had to make a run to the grocery store before trick or treating and she insisted on walking, (instead of sitting in the cart.) I like to think it’s because she wanted to show off her costume. 🙂
In the end, my inexperience proved to be the death of the outfit. It was too long and Z kept stepping on it. The poor girl! She was a good sport about it though, she just kept yanking it back up.
My little guy got the shaft once again, you could say. I spent the entire month, (a minute here, a few minutes there….), working on his sister’s costume, so I didn’t have time to make one for him. He has an adorable Spider-Man shirt, so that’s what he got to wear. You have to admit, he looks pretty cute.And since I dress up with them when we go trick or treating too, I dressed up Forty’s style. A nice little nod to my swing dancing days.(Above Photo Credit: Rex Rudee)
Let’s not forget Z’s best friend. She and her mom have joined us for trick or treating every year. I think this year is the first time they truly understood what they were working for. And they had a blast!!They were the cutest airplane (yes, her mom made it!), and mermaid asking for candy.
What did you and your kiddos do for Halloween this year? Do you dress up too, or do you go for comfort?