We are in full-swing Halloween costume planning mode. We’ve scoured pinterest. We met as a family, where voting was involved. We decided on the family theme and everyone was excited about their costumes. Then I ended up in the hospital and I decided I didn’t have it in me to follow through with our plan. So we went to plan C. (Yes, there was a plan B, after further research I realized it too would require too much.)
I’ve got everyone squared away as to what they want, its now time to execute. Steve is being only slightly uncooperative. (Let it be known, he is surprisingly willing to play along with my crazy ideas!) After I presented his costume idea, he shot me down quickly. He’s hoping his costume this year doesn’t have something covering his head or require any face paint – I feel as though he’s stifling my creative energy!
I’m going to have to think outside the box just a bit because my current ideas don’t fit his criteria!
DIY Jack-in-the-Box head
DIY Lego Costumes
It was this time last year that we had decided to be fast food restaurant mascots for Halloween. And let me tell you – finding a Jack-in-the-box costume was impossible – which meant I was left to make one on my own. I scoured the internet trying to find the best tutorials and aside from making one from paper mache – I found nothing. Let me tell you right now – what we came up with was far easier than paper mache!
The trick was finding a large round object we could fit a head in. I’m embarrassed to admit how long I searched for something that fit the criteria but I found it as unusual as it was: An acrylic replacement globe for an outdoor light fixture. It was 16″ wide and the opening was 8″. It was perfect.
And although I spent forever searching for this – it took no time at all to create the actual head. I drilled two holes for eyes – measuring as best I could so Steve could see out of it. Then I used sheets of foam to create the face pieces. (These pictures were taken after Halloween and you’ll see the nose got a little abused and bent from moving it around and storing it.) You’ll notice in the picture the eyes are large round circles. I only used those for pictures. After pictures, we replaced them with circles with holes cut out of the middle so he could see.
With the head complete, Steve put on his Sunday best and he was done. The neighborhood loved him!
Here’s just a few more pictures from our Halloween festivities.
The school puts on a costume parade first thing in the morning. Grades K-2 dress up – the rest of the grades enjoy the show and scream at their siblings as they walk by. Once the parade is over, all the costumes have to be removed and they move on to class parties. Bennett was a little nervous to wear his toga dress to school – he didn’t want anyone to laugh at this clothes – but he wore his costume with pride and the secretary at the school said it was the first time she had seen a Little Caesar in the parade.
Hallie’s grade doesn’t participate in dressing up, instead they watch the parade and then enjoy a pizza party at the park for lunch. I’ve got years of photos of these three girls on Halloween morning!
Steve and I helped in Hunter’s class first (with Cannon and Briggs as secondary helpers). The doughnut on the string challenge always has me cracking up and it never gets old. By the end, Hunter had frosting smeared across his face and a little in his hair.
Bennett’s doughnut challenge was even more fun to watch. He went after it with all the intensity of his little heart. His animation really came out in this game as you can see from the following pictures.
After spinning around in endless circles, Bennett finally pinned the doughnut against the wall and went to town. He was so proud of himself that he figured out this little trick. The doughnut eventually fell off the string and he stood against the wall – covered in powdered sugar – and held up his hands as though he were the champion.
After school, the kids excitedly got in their costumes and we walked to our neighborhood party/dinner. We were quite the sight – who doesn’t want to see Jack walking down the road looking like this?
The kids picked up their first full-size candy bar of the night. (Hallie and Hunter both ended up with 10 full-size candies. 10!?!)
Steve and I walked home with the three little kids, trick-or-treating all the way home which was more than enough candy to meet and exceed their expectations. Hallie and Hunter ran the neighborhood at a much faster rate and were able to pick up twice as much candy. They two were pleased with their loot.
We passed out candy on our neighbor’s porch before calling it a night. Then the dump and sort started. Our floor was covered in candy. It was disgusting on so many levels and we don’t even have a very big neighborhood! Our family handles candy differently than most. The kids pick their favorites to keep (10 pieces or so) and then their full-size and everything else goes into a large community bucket. That’s the candy we end up using on road trips, movie nights, sporting events and so on and some even donated. That’s how we’ve always done it and they have come to expect it. Its been the easiest way to somewhat control the crazy candy flow over the next couple months. Good thing we have dentist cleanings set up next week!
Halloween 2016 is done and our family costumes were a hit. They weren’t nearly as time intensive as the Lego costumes, but more work than our pirate family or Incredibles costumes. This year’s family costumes we were fast food mascots. Everyone got to choose who they wanted to be and when all was said and done, I ended up with the leftover – the clown that no one else wanted to be! We had Jack-in-the-Box, Ronald Mcdonald, Wendy, Colonel Sanders, Caeser and the Chick-fil-A cows. The most time consuming part was driving around to the six restaurants and requesting their boxes/buckets/bags.
Hallie already had a blue and white stripe dress, so we made a white apron, a nametag and purchased a red wig and added blue ribbon.
Colonel Sanders Costume
Hunter already had a white shirt and we purchased white pants for his upcoming baptism. We purchased a white wig/beard. The beard that came with the wig ended up not working out so well, so I cut some felt and attached some hair from the beard. I tied jewelry elastic to it so he could wear it. The glasses were purchased online.
Little Caesars Costume
It’s hard to find a kids Caesar costume. I made his orange toga and hot glued felt to the bottom. We cut up some greenery and attached it to his head using a headband and poked some holes in a pizza box and stuck it on a stick.
Cow costumes were more difficult to find than I anticipated. I assumed I could borrow from someone. When that didn’t pan out, I turned to the stores and then online. Everything I saw was overpriced and fancy. I just needed a cow jumpsuit and found a cheap one on Ebay. I made a red shirt (because it was just as difficult to find a red shirt as it was to find a cow costume) and painted the words. Briggs was the matching cow and I found a onesie/pants set online that worked perfectly.
Steve was able to use a suit he already owns and the head…well making the head requires a post all on its own but I’m pretty excited to have that thing in our Halloween arsenal!
Ronald McDonald Costume
In case you ever have a desire to dress up as a clown…don’t. Your kids will be scared of you and face makeup is never a good idea. But how can you have a family of fast food mascots and not have Ronald? Oddly enough I had the red/white stripe onesie. It was shipped here accidentally two years ago in someone else’s name and they never came to pick up the package. I threw it in the closet thinking Hallie would enjoy it one day. It came in handy this year. I made the yellow jumpsuit because let’s be real…they are not in style and even searching online I came up short. The red wig was purchased online and I was told more than once permed short hair should never be in my future!
Is there any question that we’re a crazy bunch? Nope – and we’re just crazy enough to go out in public dressed up as fast food mascots.
Halloween is over. The kids are tucked in bed. Their candy sorted. Cavities have started to take root. There are remnants of costumes strewn throughout the house. And a memory card to make sure we never forget the fun.
I feel bad for the teachers that have to put up with children tomorrow. Halloween hangovers are never pretty! I’m convinced Halloween should be the last Friday or Saturday of the month. Everyone would be better off.
Here’s just peek as to what is on that memory card. Have I mentioned how great Steve is? And just how awesome he is to always play along with all my grand ideas?? I hit the jackpot. And I’ve got plenty more puns where that came from!