Sunday, November 2, 2008

Costumes Revealed

I know you've all been waiting for a big unveiling of my kids costumes. I hope you're not sorely disappointed. This was not my best year for costumes. I couldn't talk my boys into what I wanted them to be. And really, I want them to be happy with their costumes. Dressing up is supposed to be fun. If I make them be something they don't want to be, they won't enjoy it as much as I want them to. So there was no costume theme this year. Sad, I know.

I mentioned before that Parker couldn't be anything that wasn't spooky. He was a lurking, smirking Vampire. I wasn't too excited about his costume at first. All I made was a cape...though it was a killer vampire cape with spooky silver buttons and a chain around the neck. But by the time it was all on with hair and face paint and the works, this turned out to be my favorite costume. Parker is hardly recognizable...he looks a little like Eddie Munster.

Park couldn't take a picture without posing.



At Parker's school, each kid takes turns bringing this "Care Bear" home for the weekend. When they bring it back on Monday, the kids report back to the class about Care Bear's adventures. This was Park's weekend for Care Bear and we even found him a costume to wear trick-or-treating.
Reid insisted on being a Mahna, Mahna Monster (one of Jim Henson's Muppet's). In fact, he was the one I had the hardest time trying to convince to be what I wanted him to. He was very set on this costume. Truthfully, I LOVED this idea. It thoroughly suits Reid's personality. I thought this would be my favorite costume. I was highly disappointed. I guess I just wasn't willing to spend enough money to perfect this one.

Though this one was still the people's choice. Everyone thought Reid looked fantastic, but no one knew who he was. He does look pretty cute. Spencer pointed out that he looks more like a prehistoric rock star.





I debated about Gray's costume for a long time. I very seriously contemplated re-wearing the infamous Elvis costume. But when it came down to it, I'm just not the re-wearing type of girl. (Not for my kiddos, at least.) So I had all the fabric picked out to dress him like the little golfer I've been wanting for the past two Halloweens. But at the last minute I switched to a ghost per Spencer's suggestion. Grayden's favorite word is "BOO." Any given hour you can catch him saying it at least five times. I thought a little baby crawling around in a ghost costume giggling BOO every few minutes would be hilarious.

I wish I would have gone for the golfer. At first he looked a little like a white supremacist. So I altered it and he looked like a girl. And after a few more alterations and the addition of a bow tie, no one knew what he was supposed to be. I attempted to paint his face white and wanted to add black circles around the eyes...Charlie Brown style...but he wouldn't have it. Another costume disappointment.

Spencer dressed him this night and forgot the white shirt underneath. Oh well...it was too hot anyway.

I re-wore to the ward trunk or treat.
Spencer went as Indiana Jones. I think he's caught a little costume fever.
On Halloween I didn't want to make the effort for Lucille ball, again. I am amazed at my mad costume skills. In just a few minutes time I had come up with a cow girl costume, a pirate costume, and a witch costume using mainly clothes from my closet and a couple accessories from the costume box. I was most impressed with the pirate costume...I don't dress like a pirate on a daily basis. I was amazed that I had clothes that could look so pirate-ish. Spencer's vote was for the cow girl (I'm guessing because it consisted of tight jeans tucked into tall boots). It included the most comfortable shoe choice so I obliged. But Parker freaked out. He NEEDED me to be the witch. And since he runs our household, I marched back upstairs and quickly transformed myself into a witch. And sadly enough, this is the best picture.


Next year I'm NOT going as a witch.

The best part? The costumes averaged out to $5 a piece (some a little less, some a little more). Let's hear it for homemade costumes! (Not to mention they're original and don't look so cheap.)

20 comments:

Kim said...

Ah I love them... that is so funny that Parker needed you to be a witch. I think the vampire costume is my favorite... I love the little touches like the widows peak and the blood dripping down his lips. I'm glad your boys liked to dress up I hope my kids will oblige me, Emma screamed in her Sleeping Beauty costume until we got to Gene's work and then she seemed to forget how much she hated her dress once she started getting candy.

Lauri said...

Amazing! You really know how to put costumes together.

utmomof5 said...

I wish I was more like you in the making of costumes. I used to be that way and actually kind of liked it. Maybe next year when we didn't just move :)

PS I went to go and get that book you mentioned last post and it was out at the library. I was so sad!! I will check it out sometime when it is not halloween :)

Erin said...

I am impressed! You all looked great!

Traci Elizabeth said...

Parker is definately my favorite... but you all look awesome!

Stubbart Family said...

Will you make all of our costumes next year? PLEASE?

Kris said...

You amaze me! Loved the costumes...all of them!!!

Autumn said...

SO great!! Very impressive. Parker's expressions are terrific. Isn't the Lucy Ball costume one that used to be too tight from college years? I'm not making that up am I-isn't there one that you said that about? Cool! If there was any motivation for me to become a better semastrist, it would be for Halloween costumes. I just might take up the challenge next year. Its high time we all dressed up. I was so excited to see the big reveal. Nice work, again!

Kelly said...

You are too hard on yourself!! Those are all amazing! I bet you rocked the trick or trunk! I loved them all- Parker, so fantastic as the vampire; Reid did look like a rocker!! And sweet little Grayden could look adorable in anything! I must admit that I loved the Lucille costume- you can pull anything off too!
Loved the hard work and how cheap!! Cute cute!

Heidi said...

once again Katie... amazing! I would have loved to see the golfer. you are so thrifty. I love it!

Amanda B. said...

I think the costumes are all just amazing!!!! You are so good at it. You say you "only" made a cape for Parker, but he is amazing...you seriously can't tell that is him! You all look great! It is a fun holiday! Good luck avoiding all the candy! :)

Jen said...

I'm totally impressed. Homemade costumes are the best. Too bad my kids don't get them homemade. Maybe one day.

Genn said...

Aw Katie, you ALL looked so good! You are so creative and have such a talent to come up with all that on your own! I envy that ability. Parker looked awesome. It looks like they had a great Halloween.

The Cochran Family said...

I loved the dracula the best! I might have to try to get creative next year...you are inspirational! Store bought costumes are so lame and pricey!!!

Valarie said...

Katie they all look awesome!! I know what you mean about having an idea of what you want them to be, but giving up on that because, ultimately, you want them to be happy with their costume. They really all do look great, though.

Kelly said...

You're so good! And yes, home-made costumes don't look cheap at all. These store bought ones can be pretty bad!

Betheny & Jacob said...

I LOVE your Lucielle Ball costume!! I'm a fan. You look amazing! You look super skinny too! Those kids costumes are too cute! I was so lazy this year and my kids costume reflected that. The whole time I was thinking: "I bet Katie has made some awesome costumes for her kids!"...and you totally did.

Shalece said...

Very cute! All the costumes are so cute and creative :)

Emilee said...

i just love them all.

Jessica said...

Okay I think Parker and Spencer win the prize this year. Parker should go into acting. You are too good.