Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Costume Ideas


I know it's been awhile (like, almost exactly a month), but I just wanted to surface for air to say that we're all still here.  


With me working full-time and going to school, and Mike working overtime, 
the phrase "keeping our heads above water" doesn't really cut it lately.  
Really, we're just bobbing up for air when we can. 

The great news, according to Sarah, is that I'm  not just trying to be a teacher anymore,
 I am one.  


The bad news is that all my free time goes into lesson-planning, homework, and trying to keep us off Hoarders, Buried Alive: Laundry Edition.  

Case in point: in a supreme act of rebellion the other day, 
I cooked a meal AND watched a show from the DVR

Anyway, no more whining. 

Since it's almost Halloween and the only thing I seem to sew around here are costumes, I thought I'd do a little round-up of some of the dress-up clothes made around here over the past few years.  Just in case.

Last year, I got jealous of the kids' glow-in-the-dark skeleton pj's and super-sized some just for me (stencil pattern included).
Also circa 2012, we have the little Jessie the cowgirl outfit Sarah wore.
Instructions are here.

If superheroes are your thing and your household isn't still mad that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman, check out this idea for getting the whole family involved.

By the way, if anybody wants to be a cute little bunny, Purl Bee has a sweet little pattern for a rabbit hood and mittens.  I used them for Easter 2 years ago, but the hood pattern has been a big help for completing bat and bird costumes as well.  
 In fact, I even changed the ears up and turned 
Will into a bull for Cow Appreciation Day 2 years ago.

Don't leave your house out of the dress-up fun! 
I saw all of these on Pinterest, so you can find the how-to's there, but I can attest to the fact that these next projects are easy, cheap, and pretty tacky.  

Because, hey, just like the Christmas spirit, tackiness should be practiced all year-round.  
Below are some Halloween-related ideas for keeping the little people occupied, 
like this autumn-themed busy box.

Or, how about making some yummy-smelling pumpkin pie-spiced playdough.

Watch it now: these guys have some bite to them.

Ok, so now you're set.  Go forth and craft!

I guess I should do the same, since I have two bird costumes and a 
Monster Pizza ensemble to construct. When I figure out what that is and whether it's supreme or plain cheese, I'll let you know.  

Happy Saturday!