Tomorrow is the big night – and with the crazy weather around Hurricane Sandy, there’s been much wringing of little hands and worry about what the weather will be like for trick or treating and whether (gasp!) Halloween might be CANCELLED! We’ve assured our guys that the worst has passed and that the worst case scenario is cold, wet weather which WILL NOT STOP US!
The weather has, however, dampened the fun of decorating the porch and tiny front yard – so tonight we’ll be carving some last minute Jack o’ Lanterns and putting the finishing touches on my big guy’s Vampire Hunter costume.
I followed my own advice to the letter for spreading the work and fun of putting together a great Halloween costume over a reasonable time without stress. Big Kid (11) decided to deviate from his usual theme of always being something terrifying or gruesome and instead decided to be a vampire hunter. He had a specific vision which combined some elements of graphic novel characters and others like Van Helsing.
Our trip to Value Village was extraordinarily productive – we found amazing base items for the costume – a ladies suede trenchcoat, soft leather gloves that fit him perfectly and black suede boots which look like they are right out of the 3 musketeers! They all fit just right and no extra alterations were needed. This costume is mainly about the props and most of our efforts were on prop building.
Big Kid gathered some dead gnarly branches from a local park which we cut into stake lengths with a jigsaw. He then made a special trip after school by himself to our friend’s workshop, where he was helped to sharpen and sand the points. It was great that he got to do all the sanding on the belt sander himself – it’s important for kids to get a chance to learn to use power tools safely so that they can benefit from the great feeling of independence and the satisfaction of making something themselves.
Next we sewed what Big Kid calls his ‘bullet chain’ – to hold the littler stakes. I allowed him to sew the straight seems himself, which he found very exciting. This was made from a scrap of upholstry vinyl and elastic. He found a leather carpenters tool belt to fit the largest stakes and attached it to the big belt we used for his Executioner costume last year.
The other props he insisted on add important and creative detail to his costume and were all easy to come up with. A bottle of ‘holy’ water, a string of garlic, cool sunglasses, a cross necklace and a string of vampire teeth (his past ‘kills’). Tonight we’ll to the final details (like stringing garlic) and tomorrow I know he’ll be well dressed for the elements! He also plans to spray his blonde hair black and spike it…hopefully the rain won’t make me regret agreeing to that!
Me…on the other hand…I think I’ll be cold in my tights!