I finished the costume for BugBoy Monday night. It looked great. He was very pleased, especially with the surprise red glowing eyes and the neck bones. I put photos from start to finish in a Flickr set.
Trick-or-treating was fun. It took forever to get going though. The seven kids range from six weeks old to 13. The baby was sleeping and bundled warmly in his stroller once we got moving. Monkey, the just about two-year-old, took a while to get the hang of it. He wouldn't step off the front stoop of the first house until he had unwrapped his treat and started eating it. That boy was flying on sugar.
The 13-year-old was too cool for a costume and alternated between helping with Monkey and badgering her mom to hang out with some older kids. She is very good at being 13. The rest, between 3 and 10 are getting pretty good at this. Other than some disputes over who gets to ring the doorbell, they got along great.
Sis wore one of my old clown costumes; she did the full clown face with a rainbow wig. The neighbor mom wore all her daughter's soccer gear. I was a witch, again. I went very low key this year. All I bought was a new top, some long blue/black eyelashes and some makeup. Everything else was recycled from previous years. It was so cold no one saw the new top, but the one from last year was too big. (Yeah!) It was in the low 40s last night. I had on two layers and a coat under my cape. I also wore some black yoga pants under my skirt.
It was fun, but at the end of trick-or-treating I was tired and once again had that period of let-down. I wonder why I go to so much work to make a costume that will be used for one day. Luckily that feeling doesn't last long. This costume is totally reusable. It turned out beautifully and it made BugBoy happy.
I will make his plans a reality as long as he is still into it. He actually gets irritated with the other kids for just buying a costume. There seemed to be a lot more homemade costumes in the school parade this year. Homemade costumes are more interesting and sometimes surprising. There was an awesome Mr. Peanut costume in the parade.
I'm entered the skeleton in the costume contest at Make:. I almost entered the sushi from last year as well, but that feels a bit like cheating. By linking to Make: I'm also entering the trick-or-treat contest. All you have to do to participate is link to the Make: site. If you made a costume or Halloween craft enter the contest too. I bought my dad a subscription to Make: for Christmas last year. I'm thinking about subscribing to Craft myself.