Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thinking About Halloween...

I mean, who isn't? It's one of my favorite celebrations of the year.

We didn't participate in Halloween when I was a kid, for religious reasons. My dad was the pastor of a conservative church so we did the "Fall Festival" thing, rather than "Trick or Treat."

I won't say that I feel like I missed out on anything, but I definitely have a lot of time to make up for!

Now that I have kids, Halloween seems bigger than ever! Our neighborhood rallies for a party and hayride around the subdivision so the kids can safely go from door to door. It's so much fun for everyone!

It truly depends on how busy my schedule is, but I have tried to make my kids costumes over the years. I think that's a special part of the occasion. Anyone can buy a costume off of the Target rack, but handmade costumes hold up better and are way more fun!

Last year, Dylan was Mario and we had so much fun putting his costume together! I used a simple pants pattern {Simplicity 5284} to make his overalls. I extended the top of the pants to reach chest-height, sketched out and cut arm holes to create the bib, and cut 2 strips to make the shoulder straps.



Super easy!

I used an online tutorial {found here} for his hat and made him a felt mustache. Here's a download for you of the mustache pattern.



This year, he wants to be a blue ninja and I'm having the hardest time finding a pattern that will work! Any suggestions?

I made this scarecrow costume for Dylan when he was 2 {Simplicity 4024}.



Ryder will wear it this year. Score one for hand-me-downs!

{Sorry, baby.}

What are you making for Halloween? It is such a creative time of year!!

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