Happy Halloween!

by Wendy Copley on October 31, 2010

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Happy Halloween! I didn’t do a lot of advance prep for Halloween this year, but we still managed to have a great night.

I carved Elmo and Batman pumpkins for the boys, based on their current obsessions. These babies were down to the wire — I tried to buy pumpkins yesterday and the grocery store was completely out of them. Ahhhhh! Mom panic! Today I was about to head out on a search for pumpkins when my sister-in-law offered up theirs for carving. I picked them up right away but I still only had an hour and a half to gut and cut them but I’m really happy with them! (The templates were downloaded from the internet.)

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We met up with some friends and family for dinner and I got this picture of the kids right before we headed out to trick or treat.

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Augie was a little overwhelmed by the get together and the costumes and whatnot, and he refused to pose with the other kids.

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He decided Halloween was pretty cool once the trick-or-treating started though. Unexpectedly, he said “trick-or-treat” when the doors opened and “thank you!” when the candy hit his bag. Nice! Especially since this was the first time he’s ever said “thank you!”

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Wyatt met up with a big sized Batman out in the neighborhood. Augie refused to pose here, too. 🙁

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And this was my costume! Would you believe I had the idea for this costume yesterday morning? I rarely dress up for Halloween and truth be told, I’m not a big fan of costumes in general, but this year I was inspired. One of our white bed sheets ripped about a week ago though and I saved it, thinking it might come in handy for Halloween. The obvious choice was to use it for a ghost decoration or costume, of course, but then yesterday morning I hit on the idea of Princess Leia. I folded the sheet in half and cut a slit in the middle of it for my head. Then I layered it over a white turtleneck and belted it for my gown. And I also  made this hat:

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I bought a brown knit beanie at Target and then made the buns by making long braids of brown yarn, rolling them up into the buns and sewing them to the hat. (I was heavily influenced by this hat pattern.)

I love my hat!  The buns work really well to keep my ears warm, plus they block out noise really well so they’re the perfect accessory when you have a screaming toddler in your house. I want to wear it around this winter, but I’m afraid I’ll look too dorky.

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  • I think your costume is brilliant. I went as a Danny Elfman fan which of course only I knew who I was. I loved your spontaneity with your idea!

  • Heather W

    Wendy – go ahead and wear the hat. The Artistic Director at the dance studio has a tail attached to his coat – it generates lots of double-takes and smiles around town. 🙂

  • Monzie

    Awesome costume! I would totally wear that hat in the winter! I love wearing my Emily Strange cat hat in the winter. It always makes people smile.

  • The hat is genius!

  • SparrowApril

    lol I love your costume! That hat is priceless!

  • one of the things I love about this blog is how you just manage to whip up batman pumpkins and princess leia costumes–no biggie! If I had managed to pull of just one of those feats this year (let alone beautifully crafted and well-balanced lunches for your kids…) I’d be strutting around, proud as a peacock!

  • Wendy! You are AMAZING.

    1. Carving TWO fantastic totally polished pumpkins in 90 minutes? SO impressive.

    2. Dressing up – you are too cute and the fact you whipped that up at a moments notice…wow. You are such a cool mom.

    BTW, I was Princess Leia in the 3rd grade. I didn’t have a cool multicolored bazooka though.

  • Wendy! You are AMAZING.

    1. Carving TWO fantastic totally polished pumpkins in 90 minutes? SO impressive.

    2. Dressing up – you are too cute and the fact you whipped that up at a moments notice…wow. You are such a cool mom.

    BTW, I was Princess Leia in the 3rd grade. I didn’t have a cool multicolored bazooka though.

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