My girls wanted to do a family Halloween theme again this year and they chose Harry Potter. My oldest daughter was going to be Hermione, my middle daughter was going to be Harry, my youngest was going to be Hedwig, my husband was going to be Dumbledore and I was going to be Professor Trelawney. But then, I turned out to be a complete basket case and had no time to put together the costumes and she told the girls that they were going to have to just go through the Halloween box and figure something out.
And indeed they did—for the first Halloween party they were invited to, which took place on October 22. My oldest went as the same vampire she went as last year (except she’s grown so freaking tall that the skirt was now about 3 inches too short). Daughter #2 used the Ginormica costume, and the baby found an orange and black witch costume that she was happy with. Oh how I love seeing things reused!
But they really and truly had their hearts set on Harry Potter.
So I got to work. My mom had purchased them each some HP accessories: My oldest got a Gryffindor tie, my middle daughter got a wand and some Harry glasses, and my youngest received a Golden Snitch. I posted on Facebook to see if anyone had any robes and stuff and got two answers. One robe and scarf that would work for my oldest that she could borrow from a local friend. And a friend I’ve known since Elementary School who lives several states away said she had a robe and scarf sitting in her Goodwill pile and would be happy to send it. And so she did. She totally saved Halloween (and they fit my daughter perfectly). My husband had a tie in his closet that was close enough (though probably too long) and that took care of Hermione and Harry. Except, my middle daughter decided she didn’t want to be Harry anymore, so she was just “some kid in Gryffindor.” Excellent.
Now, what to do with my youngest?
Well, she had this Golden Snitch that her grandma had brought her, so she became dead set on actually being a Snitch for Halloween. Which left me in somewhat of a quandary, but then I went and bought some golden material and dug up the pattern I had used when my oldest was tiny to make a pumpkin costume. I found some angel wings at the store and made a golden snitch necklace and in just a few hours, the Golden Snitch was born. And let me tell you, she was the fastest golden snitch in Quidditch history. Every time she put on that costume she raced around faster than lightning. Everyone who realized what she was thought it was the greatest costume ever and she felt very special. And I must say, it was rather unique. I certainly didn’t see another snitch, even though I saw a million other Hermiones and Harrys and kids from Gryffindor.
For more complete directions on how to make the Golden Snitch costume, click here: How to make a Harry Potter golden snitch costume
And as for Mom and Dad? Well, we went as Mom and Dad. I guess you could say we were Muggles. Maybe next year we’ll get it together enough to actually do a family theme again.