I know, I know — Halloween already??? Early September will find me at fabric and craft stores getting supplies to make Halloween costumes for my kids (who probably think every mom starts hassling their kids mid-August for costume ideas). I don’t know where this obsession with the macabre comes from– but I blame my Dad. He was supposed to take my siblings and I to see ‘Snow White’ and took us to ‘Jaws” instead (true story — he even asked us not to let on to our Mom, but my guess is that it was all over our faces!) Also, it doesn’t hurt that my house is a little on the haunted side. And check out our spiders! The one on left is real; the other one is a spider ring for comparison.
This year I thought I’d start the season off by visiting past Halloween costumes. These are from 2005. Tommy and Ed were ninjas and Elizabeth a flower. I made the boys silken pajamas for the base. Store-bought ninja weapon kits come with hoods and the boys wore these. I made the front panels and got the designs for them online. Eddie wanted a dragon and Tommy a tiger. As I have no drawing skills, I used a tattoo site for inspiration. I find that even when you can’t draw, you can easily re-create images as long as they are stylized. I sketched out the designs, then filled them in with puffy paint for added dimension.
For Elizabeth’s costume I made a simple skirt with of various shades of pink tulle which were cut into the shape of flower petals. I used a store-bought ballet dress as the base to keep itching to a minimum. The hat was from a pattern that I embellished a bit by sewing thin wires into the petal leaves so they could be bent away from her face. I also glued several fake grape vine leaves to her hat to give it extra dimension. I know it seems like a lot of work for a Halloween costume (and it is!) but I love doing it every year. The extra little details always seem to pull the it all together in the end.