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 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…



Halloween 2001

I spent months working on my Dragon Costume, but never got close to finishing it, so I went with the last minute “Silver Death” costume. Everyone else was pretty last minute as well. Since we weren’t busy showing off, we had plenty of time to take pictures =)

Edward Scissor Hands 2001

Since Raph won $100 the year before as Edward Scissorhands, he thought he would try again and win the $2000 prize at the casino. Unfortunately the competition was much tougher, and he didn’t even make it to the finals.

Edward Scissor Hands
Edward Scissor Hands

Planet of the Apes

With 1 week to go before Halloween, and with the dragon costume no where near completion, I decided to make a quickie Planet of the Apes costume. I was excited about the new Tim Burton one coming out the next summer. Aparently no one else had even heard about it though, because everyone kept saying “Oh, look, it’s a monkey-man!” and their friends would say “No, I think he’s from that old movie ‘Monkey Planet’ or something like that” Damn uncultured swine!!!

chris-ape-makeup2000Me applying the ape makeup. In retrospect I should have painted more detail. Ant not use slip Latex…. It DOES NOT breath like foam latex would have. By the end of the night the latex adhesive was falling off from all the sweat, and the jaw didn’t want to stick anymore. And, my face was so bright red and rashy, it took weeks to heal.

2000 - Planet of the Apes
2000 – Planet of the Apes