I would hate for Halloween to have come and gone without you getting a chance to see pictures of my kids in their costumes. Wouldn’t you hate that too?
This was the first year that Pippo cared about Halloween at all. He’s never particularly enjoyed wearing costumes or playing dress-up before, and he’s too shy for the idea of knocking on strangers’ doors to have any appeal. Which is fine by me.
But this year, when I described trick-or-treating to him, he sounded excited. (His exact words were, “Oh yes, I think that would do me good!” By which I’m pretty sure he meant “that would be a good and fun thing for me to do.” And he was right. He loved it.)
I gave him some options for who he could dress up as, and he decided he wanted to be a Lion Knight. (The knights from his Lego castle are divided into good guys and bad guys — Lion Knights and Dragon Knights, respectively.)
Here, for reference, are a few Lion Knights:
(We suggested that Molly could be the Fair Lady you see in the upper right, but Pippo thought she’d need more hair for that. Some day, little girl.)
He and I discussed what his costume should look like — having spent many long hours studying those Legos, he had a very clear idea of what a Lion Knight should wear, and rejected a few of my ideas outright. I had so. much. fun. making it. It really made me realize that I need more crafting in my life!
The sword we already had, and his helmet is made of cardboard, tin foil, and duct tape, with a straw-and-wooden-skewer plume. The shield is cardboard and colored paper, with a duct-tape handle, and his tunic is made of fabric and felt from my stash. (My husband, upon seeing the fabric: “Is it going to be… a gingham tunic?” Me: “Chain mail! It’s chain mail!”)
I made a scrap-paper template to make the lion head pieces (it was easier to get it symmetrical that way), which is why the shield and tunic match so nicely.
Pippo is delighted, and has worn it every day since it was finished.
I figure it’s good to have a knight’s costume around for general dress-ups when you have a boy in the house, and while we didn’t have any All Saints’ Day parties to go to this year, we now have a Saint George in our arsenal (and could have a dragon for him ready to go, too). So that’s how I justified getting a little crazy-crafting-mom on this particular project. Plus, I’ve forbidden myself from buying crafting supplies until I make a serious dent in my stash, so it’s all part of a good day’s work.
Molly got some pink felt ears (which she loves) and a nose (which she hates), and went as a piggy. (“Pig” is the only animal noise she can consistently make, so we thought it was appropriate.)
I wondered if perhaps her silhouette could be a little more round, so we tried adding a poufy dress. For the actual trick-or-treating, she ended up wearing a sweater and a puffy vest, then sitting in the stroller the whole time with blankets piled around. Which is why I only made her ears and a nose. But those ears were pretty cute.
Pippo did work up the courage to put on the piggy nose, later.
Pumpkins, candy, costumes, and then feasting on a delicious (if I do say so myself) apple pie for All Saints Day. It was a good weekend! How was yours?