It is October and as the weather chills and the evening time turns to night earlier, that special time of year is upon us once again! “This is Halloween…Halloween” as the citizens of Halloween Town sings in the beginning of the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, we are in the midst of Halloween! It’s hard to put yourself in that mindset sometimes since I’ve seen Halloween decorations at the local Costco since the summer time and even some Christmas trees but this is the month for your little ones to get excited to dress up and roam around the streets for candy! Well, the well lit streets with parental chaperones, of course!
I use to dress up all the time growing up with the store bought costumes my parents would purchase. I didn’t mind those costumes since ‘Do it yourself’ was mostly associated with woodworking or general repairs around the house. But, with my own kids growing up at age 5.5 years old and 4 years old and 15 months, I not only want to continue the tradition of dressing up for Halloween, but making/building the costumes for them.
I make their costumes for two main reason. One, some costumes are not readily available for smaller sizes for young kids. And, two, it’s a lot of fun making something for them. Granted, some parents may only have time to purchase costumes and I am not condoning store bought costumes. Not at all! Remember, I use to strut my stuff with a store bought costume and at the end of the night, the candy still tastes the same in a store bought costume than a handmade one. It is fun to create something out of just materials and thread and glue and to see the smiles on their face when they put it on is all the reward I need. Plus, I simply ask to save me a few Reese’s Peanut butter cups.
I started late this year even though I planned out their costumes a few months previous, but I got busy working on my own Star Wars: A New Hope Stormtrooper costume that I procrastinated till October. I am the type of person who likes to plan, gather materials and start/finish a project as early as possible because you can’t predict the future and something may come up that hinders you from finishing. So, three weeks before Halloween is already late in my book, but I have been allotting a 1-1.5 hours a night the past few nights to work on my boys’ costumes.
For EV my 5.5 year old, he wants to be Robin from Teen Titans Go! I have a good portion of his costume already completed. I bought fabric online via Joann’s Fabric website and my wife is able to pickup my order with the free pickup from the store option. I haven’t worked with interlocking knits before but have been impressed with the ease of use to cut and sew and also fix sewing mistakes is. Here’s some progress pictures of my son’s Robin cape and body suit build.
For my younger son, Mase who is 4 years old, he wants to be Beast Boy from Teen Titans Go! He did want to be the green power ranger from Power Rangers Super Mega Force (which I didn’t know there were so many iterations of Power Rangers since I’ve only seen the first series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) but I am not familiar with making a helmet and I doubt I could find a helmet his size in a short amount of time. For his build, I decided to buy already made things like a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants and just alter them by making them slimmer or shorter depending on the sizing. I am going to add the details on the gloves and top and pants once my wife picks up the purple/pink material I need and I just ordered shoes that I’ll just add detailing to at the end. I could have made his top and pants from scratch like my older sons, but I thought it would be easier to just alter instead. Plus, I do want to make a Starfire costume from Teen Titans Go! for my 15 month old daughter but only if I have finished my older son’s costumes. She won’t mind if she isn’t in costume because she is so young, but I think she would make a cute Starfire!
I do have plans for a Raven costume for my wife and Cyborg for me, but with the crunch time of Halloween coming up with work and two weddings in the next 2.5 weeks, I might just save it for a convention especially since I’d love to get use to making armor (which I haven’t made before) in order to practice before I delve into a Mandalorian build I want to eventually do. On second thought, I have been progressing well on the boys’ costumes and after planning the next few weeks out with the available materials I found on Amazon and Joann’s, I’ll have a week to work on Starfire and Raven build (my wife has already purchased the black leotard, white tights and purple hooded robe and I’ll just make the details for her) which gives me a full week to try to build armor for Cyborg. I already purchased some EVA foam via exercise mats from Target that i’ll pick up tomorrow and put my heat gun to work!
But the main thing is to have fun and candy, of course, the candy. If making costumes is fun for you, awesome! If dressing up is your cup of tea, just do that! All in all, Halloween is a fun holiday filled with a chance to dress up you may not normally dress up during the year. Don’t let that opportunity fly by you. And, don’t forget, there’s candy! Enough said!
* ALL IMAGES PROVIDED BY THE KDIZ’S GALLERY AND VIA GOOGLE SEARCH
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