Geesh. Is it Halloween already? Clearly, I am ill-prepared, or I would be greedily anticipating the boatload of candy that will soon descend upon our household. Currently I have three Halloween costumes ready to go. And I need six. And of the three that I have, two of them were purchased at Old Navy, weeks ago on sale, in anticipation of my current dilemma. The third costume is a tiny firefighter costume that Dalton wore years ago, that will go on whatever boy it fits. So that leaves me with three bodies that need a costume by this time tomorrow. Well, actually, Dalton and Asher need a costume by tomorrow morning, as their new school has a parade the morning of Halloween. Yes. A parade. Which makes
lazy busy mothers like me stand out like the bad seeds we are against the background of super-duper Halloween- costume- makin’- mamas that will be represented in tomorrow morning’s parade. Typically I can get by on my not-so-great costume fabrication efforts since, well… it’s pretty dark on Halloween night. In fact, the darker the better. The flaws one might see in broad daylight will either be completely overlooked or explained away by blaming a hard night of trick- or- treating. But I fear, in the new light of tomorrow morning, I will have no such luck. Tomorrow morning will come, and soon. I just can’t wait to see those darlin’ little ones, proudly wearing the outfits lovingly sewn or created by their mama’s loving hands. And following behind them will be my kiddos, happily trotting along, proudly wearing I have no idea what their new costume, clueless that the night before Halloween isn’t the best time for costume creating.
I present to you Exhibit A. Obviously, I used to care about what my kids wore on Halloween. Here is Tori on her first all-Hallows Eve, decked out in her strawberry finery. It might not look like it, but I worked hard on this little get-up. At least, it was hard work to me. For lack of a red sleeper, I dyed a white one. Myself. And then I lovingly and oh-so carefully applied little seeds of puff-paint magic. And don’t forget to notice the socks. Seeds there, too. And the little stem-hat she had going on?… created by yours truly out of felt by hand? Adorable. And if we can’t all agree she was the cutest stinkin’ strawberry you ever did see, you have to admit getting a giggle from those chubby cheeks. God knows, I love that girl. And if you’re bustin’ on me for the kickin’ infant swing seat she was in, that was it in 1990. Yeah, you’re thinkin’ you’re darn glad times have changed, aren’t you?
So, now comes the punch line: I NEED HELP. Any ideas for easy last-minute Halloween costumes for my boys? I don’t want to go to my neighborhood discount store and get into a cat fight over the last Power R@ngers outfit. Been there, done that. I want to make something fun and handsome, without having to spend $100 at Michael’s. Ideas? Anyone?
For fun, I decided to dig up a few more pictures of my darling girl, taken of her at her 2nd and 3rd trick-or-treating adventures. And also to prove that I did my time creating costumes. These sassy outfits were both hand made by me, baby. With love in every stitch. Do you know how hard it is to sculpt a unicorn horn and ears out of styrofoam???
And clearly, I’m still procrastinating.