My friend Hilary is the ultimate Halloween mom. Every year she decides on a theme for her family and then she makes all their costumes. Yes, I said she makes them. You can see some of her awesome creations on her blog: Superheroes and Star Wars. Plus, she's always done way before Halloween. In fact, I think she's already finished with this year's set of costumes.
When Bria was three I made her Halloween costume. But after that, I bought them. Last year, though, Hilary inspired me to at least try my hand at a theme and a little bit of handmade goodness. So I compromised and made the tutus and bought the fairy wings.
Well, we got the Halloween catalog from Oriental Trading the other day. Chloe adores looking through those dang catalogs. She has a million birthday parties planned out of them, in fact. Of course she was thrilled to have the Halloween edition, and immediately started choosing out Halloween costumes. She got stuck on a particular costume for Joel, and then (it's so fun to watch her mind work!) she realized that it was in a movie we have recently seen. A movie that she had fallen in love with. And then, before I could bat an eye, Chloe had decided on costumes for everyone-all characters from that film.
I was totally on board. Bria was totally on board. Sophie doesn't care, and I'm sure Joel will eventually be convinced (he isn't much of a Halloween fan, I'm afraid). However, doing a quick online search of the needed costumes, I realized it was going to cost us a small fortune to buy them.
Since small fortunes are somewhat difficult to come by these days, I bucked up and bought fabric and patterns for the girls' costumes. I will figure out Joel's and mine once I'm done with the girls'. I'm not a bad seamstress, but I'm a little concerned about the time commitment this is going to be. Especially since I tend to be too impatient to pay real attention to the instructions. They're so hard to understand that they may as well be written in a different language. Oh well, at least I have 2 months.
Here's all the fabric I bought. Anyone want to take a guess at what movie our theme is? Or what characters everyone is going to be? (If I've already told you, no fair guessing!)
I'm very excited, even though this project is completely crazy. Now I just have to work on getting great Halloween decorations for the house, since last year I was accused of not being a good Halloween mom. No worries, though. Chloe has them all picked out from Oriental Trading.