Halloween

Ok, so I’m really lazy and didn’t write my halloween post for almost a month. But I’m going to back date it and pretend I wrote it the next morning like I wanted to.

Halloween was a hit. I wasn’t feeling very into it this year, so I decided to re-use the Satyr/Fairy costumes from Ez’s first halloween. I had to make a whole new suit for Ez, and I made improvements all the rest.

First we went to the mall, and every shop wanted to talk to us about where we got the costumes, and Am was always proud to tell them I made them. The mall was really dead this year, there were only like 10 other groups while we were there.

Then we went to uptown. It was much busier than the mall but still not as busy as it usually is. People kept stoppping us to take pictures. Ez really liked all the attention. Every shop owner said we got the prize for best costumes of the night. Some even gave Ez extra candy because of it.

There’s a picture and more story on the halloween page. More pictures if I ever feel up to working on it.

Halloween 2006

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I wasn’t feeling too into Halloween this year, and Amber kept pushing me to decide on our costumes. I finally decided to just re-use the Satyr and Fairy costumes we used for Ez’s first Halloween. His costume would now fit Sebs, so I would only have to make a new pair of pants for Ez.

After I got the costumes down out of the closet, I actually started getting into Halloween. I took my old Skeksis costume and put it on the Dancin’ Santa I got the day after Christmas. I’ve been meaning to hack it and make it say all sorts of fun things, but I never have time for fun stuff anymore.

I put on my Satyr pants, put all the pads in, and decided Ezra needed pads in his costume too this time. Luckily I had a couple of blocks of foam left from last time. I started carving his knees right away. One thing I learned: Babies love razor blades! No matter what I tried, Sebs kept trying to take the razor blade away from me. I finally put him in his highchair with the only thing he likes better than sharp objects: Food!

I had a few scraps of fur left from last time, so I brought them over to my mom’s so I could use my sewing machine. I used an old pair of Ez’s sweat pants to make a pattern. After I had my pattern, I laid out the fur to cut it out. One problem; the pattern was about an inch too big to fit on the cloth. It took me almost 3 hours of arranging and re-arranging to finally get it onto the cloth properly.

After I got his pants done, I needed to make him some horns. I used sculpy and made a pair that was smaller than mine, but bigger than sebs’s. After looking at mine again, I decided I wanted giant satyr horns, not little faun horns. I would make new ones for myself, give Ez my old ones, and give Sebs the ones I had just made for Ez. So I got a foam wreath holder from Wal-Mart, and sanded it down, making 2 giant horns. I needed something to make them look horny, but decided sculpy would be too heavy at that size. I happened to see some twine in the car on the way to work, and decided it looked a lot like the grooves in the commercial horns I had bought last time. I wrapped the foam horns in the twine, and then used watered down Elmer’s glue to harden it and make it stay in place. They were too heavy to hold on with fishing line like I did last time, so I took one of Amber’s old plastic head-bands and hot-glued them on. They stayed in place pretty well, and my hair was long enough to cover the headband.

Last time the hooves I made were pretty crappy. I made them the day before Halloween, and they were just cardboard covered in brown tape. This year I wanted them to look a little more like a real hoof. I still used cardboard for the base, but experimented with different materials to make the bone/fingernail texture. I started with papier maché, but quickly decided I didn’t like the texture that was coming out. I was looking around for a thickener for the glue, but we didn’t have any flour. The only thing I could find was oatmeal. I thought it might give me a good texture, so I mixed some into the water/Elmer’s glue mixture and microwaved it for a few minutes. I decided to forget the paper, and just cover the hooves in this very sticky oatmeal. It came out really cool, but not quite the texture I was going for.

I spent a couple of days thinking about what I could use, and kept coming back to sculpy. I knew that it would be too heavy, and very likely to break, but if I could find something like a thin sculpy I could smear over the card board, it might work. Then I remembered the box of dry-wall plaster that’s been sitting in my shed since I moved in. Somehow it was still moist after almost 2 years. I took a hand-full dipped it into a bowl of water, and smeared it onto the hooves. It was just the texture I was looking for. I built up the front of the hooves, making them pseudo-cloven with a crack down the middle. Once they were done I put them in the oven for about 20 minutes. They looked great, but they were bright white. So I took some old coffee grounds and smeared them on. It was just the right color, and had the added bonus of smelling great.

I made Ez and Sebs a pair of hooves as well. Since their feet are smaller, I didn’t have to build the plaster up so much, and just used it for texture. That turned out to be a good idea, since their hooves made it the whole night. Mine didn’t. It only took 5 minutes before the tip busted off one of them. I was able to glue it back on, but it still didn’t last. By the end of the night, the plaster was missing from the bottom inch all the way around both hooves. I think next time I’m going to use a foam/latex combo for the hooves, so that they will just bend when hitting the ground, rather than break.

Yes, I said next time. Amber has decided this will be a tradition for each of our kids’ first Halloween. So check back for the updated costume in 5 years.

Halloween Was a Hit

After sewing like crazy for the last few weeks, the big day finally arrived. Ezzie looked so cute in his little Yoda costume. Everyone wanted to know where we bought it, and they were amazed when I told them I sewed it.

We went to the mall first, and Klara (who works with AM) was very impressed. She sews, so she knew how much work it took to make the costumes. Ezzie had a little hood with Yoda ears, 3 fingered gloved, 3 toed feet, and the Jedi outfit I made for him back when Ep III came out. Technically the tunic and pants were the wrong color, since they were made in the Obi-Wan style, and Yoda’s tunic is very dark, but no one seemed to notice.

They also didn’t know that I was Anakin and AM was Padme. Most people thought we were Luke and Leia. One old dude even said “Hey, I thought Leia was supposed to be a virgin!” =)

Every shopkeeper we saw said ours were the best costumes of the night and we should win a prize. Most of them did give EZ twice as much candy as they gave everyone else. One lady was even going to dump her entire basket into his “pumpkin” (KT got mad that I kept referring to it as a pumpkin, since it was actually Darth Vader’s Head. I feel that it is still a pumpkin, even if it takes a different shape).

We got stopped by at least 10 people who asked if they could take EZ’s picture. And we noticed quite a few others who took it as we went by without asking. Many with video cameras too. We should have charged a few dollars a pop.

Over all EZ thoroughly enjoyed this Halloween, not just for all of the candy he got (which I will be taking a percentage of for costume construction fees 😉 ), but also for all of the attention he got. I think he liked that even more than the candy.

Check out my halloween page for this year’s costumes as well as all of our costumes from the past few years.

Halloween 2005

This year Ezra decided we were going to go as Star Wars characters. He really wanted to be Yoda, and since Amber is pregnant, she and Sebastian would be Padme and Luke and Leia (he did a good job of playing twins). That left Anakin for me.

I sewed all of the costumes myself (except for the pants, it was easier to just find pants that were the right color) I used a pattern for my Anakin tabbards and tunic, but just made up patterns for Yoda’s head, 3 fingered gloves, 3 toed feet and Padme’s tunic. I also made the jewely for padme’s neck line and belts.

Halloween 2004

knghtdrgprncsslOK, so this year it actually looked like I might finish my dragon costume, I got the head mostly finished and had the material for the body…… And then We decided to buy a house…. I was a little distracted with the loan documents and inspections and whatnot, so I didn’t really have time to work on the costume. I was so stressed that I didn’t feel like doing anything. But now we’re in the house, and I have an office where I can work on my projects without Ezra getting into them (if I ever get all of the boxes out of it).

Luckily we found a really cool dinosaur/dragon costume at Goodwill, and I added some silver wings (actually the material that I was going to make Ezra’s chainmail out of if/when I finished my dragon) So we decided we would just switch roles, and he would be the dragon and I would be the knight. Amber bought me one of those cheesey kids armor sets at Walmart to go on the front and I took my old chainmail that I never finished and modified it so it was the back piece.

Ezzie was a little hesitant at first, but once he realized that these people were giving away FREE CANDY, he started warming up to them.

Over all a pretty lame year, but we’ve got a house now, so next year will be better…

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