Friday, September 12, 2008

Halloween: Past and Future

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Ok. I have made my daughter a Halloween costume two years in a row now, and I personally think my pregnant mummy costume was pretty darn good last year, not to mention "punny". Chris was a super awesome Jack Sparrow two years in a row. I'm hanging up the Supergirl costume for good(wearing it six times, and then pregnant, was just going too far). But this has to be the year that all my hard work is recognized. One of us has just got to get a best costume award.

I want to get a head start on this so I'm not waiting in line at the fabric store or scouring DI on October 30. Here are the ideas I've had for costumes for the family:

Wizard of Oz theme--I'd love to be Galinda (have you seen Wicked?). I would have a shimmery outfit with sequins, and could even tweak a couple hula-hoops so that I could actually travel by "bubble." And I'm sure I could figure out how to act ditzy. I could make Leah a really cute Dorothy costume (just picture the braids!), complete with sparkly red shoes, Samuel could be Toto, and Chris?

Toy Story theme--Leah would love to play Jesse, since she actually knows who Jesse is. Again, the braids...and with a cowboy hat? So cute! Samuel could be a little baby Buzz Lightyear, and I could be Bo Peep. Chris volunteered to be Bullseye for at least the ward Halloween party, but I'm certainly not making him two costumes if he's something else at work.

Other non-themed ideas
I have a great dress that would work really well for Cruella DeVil--and it would be so much fun to wear a feather boa and die my hair half black and half white.

Samuel has the hair for Elvis. We also thought he could be a rapper or sugar daddy or something--with a big silver "S" necklace, a black pleather jacket and shades, and a pink feather boa--how awesome would that be? Of course, I also have a perfectly sized monkey costume he could wear...
Chris acknowledges that he looks good with eye makeup-only on Halloween, of course. But we've been thinking for years now about making him a Pharaoh or "The Mummy" (like the movie) or something--he's got the bald head for it, and with the dark eye and face makeup it could look pretty cool.

Leah, of course, would be super cute as just about anything. I mean, she's got the hair... The same pattern I used for Leah's monkey and fairy also has a silly frog and a lion pattern. Those are options, too.
So....Any ideas? What do you vote for?
(I promise to share our costume contest winnings with you!)

6 comments:

Jamie J Stansfield said...

i vote wizard of oz theme...i think chris would make a great tin man! Oh way cute! good for you jenny! I thought about doing something like you are doing but I just don't have the gusto to pull it off and get it all done. So paisly is a cat so far...not sure about libby...thinking about changing them both in lady bugs...hmmm...still thinking...

Elizabeth said...

I think Chris would make a better Woody than a Bullseye. After all, who else was Bo Peep sweet on? And I like the idea of Leah-Jessie.

Really, all your ideas are very cute. If not this year, you must do the Cruella sometime. I'd love to see it. A sister in our ward did Cruella last year, and dressed up her toddler as a dalmation. It was entertaining to see Cruella driving a dalmation around in the stroller.

david & michal coombs said...

definitely--if you have a bo peep and jesse, you've gotta have woody. i like all the themes...hmmmm..not so good at deciding

The Stiles Family said...

Good luck. I have always made Cameron's costumes as well, and they have often been VERY elaborate. This year, I simply do not have the time or energy to make it, so we are going to buy him a Mario costume (he loves Mario!). I will be in my usual Renaissance dress that I have had for who-knows-how-many years, and Craig, well, haven't gotten that far yet. Maybe I can talk him in to being Luigi.

Nancy Sabina said...

I had kicked around the idea of doing Toy Story in our family too. We have a little Woody and a little Buzz and Naomi could be Jesse. But then Naomi found a wedding dress on clearance at Party City so that's the end of that. Asher says he wants to be a penguin now so Isaiah may end up inheriting the doggie costume from last year.
I guess you didn't really ask for my Halloween costume rundown...
For you, I like the Wizard of Oz idea. They always have those red sparkly shoes at Target. And I think Chris would make a great scarecrow. Although...I think he really does look like that Pharoah dude in The Mummy...

Stacie said...

Check out these cute costumes - http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/halloween_ms_costumes/