Enter this years Halloween theme, costumes, treats, and a few stitches for good measure.
Every year I love to make the boys costumes by hand. Usually this involves a needle and thread and many many hours, last year I borrowed my sister in laws sewing machine for the occasion (and didn't get it back to her until about 6 or 8 months later, oh boy.) We have had a dinosaur, Elmo, Buzz Lightyear, and Babar the Elephant King in the past.
This year I was infinitely blessed with a sewing machine of my very own, thanks to a dear friend with a giving heart. I had forgotten how much a sewing machine adds to a project, the time involved in sewing is exponentially decreased (can you use exponential next to decreased because I can't think of a better way to describe it?). Not only did I have the benefit of a beautiful machine, I've also been introduced to the amazing world of Pinterest which is awesome. I can't believe I held out for so long.
There were many generic looking Angry Birds costumes that looked like giant circle pillows where the childs head poked through a peek-a-boo like hole. I knew that isn't what I wanted to do. Then I found this pinned delight, which was a great starting point for my costumes.
I was able to figure out the basic shape and size thanks to her pictures and step by step. I knew that I wanted the fronts of my costumes to be 3d instead of 2 dimensional so I tweaked that and opted not to use Velcro. And this is what we got!
Ultimately, I love the way they turned out, I love the smiles and the fun the kids had in them trunk or treating at a church on Friday night and I'm looking forward to watching them answer the door all dressed up tonight when we pass out candy in an attempt to get to know our new neighbors.
Now that the costumes were completed I needed treats. Traditionally, I've done treats in the theme of their costumes, though I don't remember what we did last year, in years past I've done Dinosaur Marshmallow Monsters on Sticks and Elmo Cupcakes. I scoured Pinterest for magnificent ideas and found a few, but didn't want to do cupcakes again. Then I found this owl.
An owl is close to an angry bird, right? The shape was right, tweak the decorations a little and I knew I had my inspiration.
In order to get 15 treats out of each color I had to make my krispie circles a little too thin for a sucker stick to work, so while I had them I opted to skip that step. Here are the darling treats I whipped up last night all bagged up and ready to go.
And that, my friends, is one of the three reasons I do it. The other two are at Daycare enjoying a Halloween party knowing that mommy loves them.
I hope you have a safe and fun filled evening.