Another Halloween is in the books. I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday. I genuinely love everything about it until we get to the actual night. It’s usually chilly. The shorties get so ramped up they’d like to start going door to door at 4pm. It’s one big cluster of energy, sugar, anxiety, etc. And then it’s over and November begins.
Peanut decided she wanted to be Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. I definitely approved. She’d read all the books and loved them. Katniss is a strong female that doesn’t need to be saved. She’s smart, resourceful, athletic. All of the things that I see in Peanut. She owned the pants and District 12 shirt. We bought the shoes for $3 and the jacket (which was originally white) for $5 at a local thrift shop. The bow & arrow were about $8 at a pop up costume shop. They were bright orange and yellow. So $2 of black RIT dye and a $7 can of silver spray paint later, we had the costume. Also, not showing in this picture is a mockingjay pin. It started as a necklace that came with the DVD. I took the pendant off the necklace and glued it to a pin back. Peanut styled herself as far as the Katniss braid.
Now for the world’s greatest detective (next to my husband of course), Sherlock Holmes. Boo LOVES all things mystery. He loves watching his ‘mystery shows’ which are the old Basil Rathbone Sherlocks and various BBC Poirot’s and Miss Marple’s. Again, I do love me a literary costume and mysteries and detectives so I was thrilled with this concept. We bought the hat and pipe at a costume shop for $8. The shoes were purchased for $1 at a local thrift store without laces so bought some for less than $2 at Famous Footwear. The $7 pants, $2 clip on tie, and the $12 woman’s blazer (which also came with a skirt) were also thrift finds. We looked for boys suits but had no luck and men’s sizes swallowed him up. The button up shirt was a hand me down from a cousin. The cape was a splurge. Boo really felt that the cape was necessary to complete his ensemble. It was about $20, but is an adult M woman’s cape from nectar and I will repurpose it for myself. He was a little disappointed that not everyone knew who he was, but seriously, how many 1st graders read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
Squirt hemmed and hawed about his costume. He went back and forth between the police officer costume he wore last year, Spiderman, and Cleopatra. He dumped the Spidey idea when I said I wasn’t going to buy the web shooters. Then he ditched the Cleopatra idea when he couldn’t convince Boo to be a mummy or a pharoah. He did win a small prize last year for his police costume so he went with that again. I assume he thinks it will win him something this year. It will not. So his costume was technically free.
All in all, I think this has been my Halloween year as far as costumes go. What were your shorties? What were you? What great costumes have you seen? It’s never too early to start thinking ahead for next year.