Tag: Halloween costumes

Halloween Disco 2016

I think little T’s obsession with skeletons, skulls and the macabre all began when we first got her The Nightmare before Christmas and Corpses Bride DVDs (both Tim Burton creations), two of her favourite movies of all time.  And then she discovered The Book of Life as mentioned on an old post.  It’s not surprising then that this Halloween, she chose to dress up as La Muerte, the Ruler, also known as the Queen of the Land of the Remembered.

Thanks to Amazon, we found a sugar-skull dress which is close enough(ish) to he dress.  After all, sugar-skulls are known to be used as decorative or even edible skulls used in Mexican celebration of the day of the dead.

I also had to google and search for tutorials that would teach me how to paint T’s face as La Muerte.  I’m not artist.  I can only draw stick figures and can barely paint anything that will resemble a work of art, unless we’re talking about abstracts.  I also had to make do with the colours we had from the face-paint I bought last week.

It was a difficult one, especially with a fidgety and impatient child.  But at least, I tried.

Lesson learned:  Take photo of child right after face has been painted.  I think this was about 30 mins or so after I’ve done up her face and somehow she managed to smudge most of it.  It’s not that bad, is it?

Of course, by the time the school disco was over, there was hardly any face paint left apart from the blue-paint which took ages to remove.  She’s invited to a birthday/Halloween party on Friday and of course, she’ll want her face painted again, not to mention, on All Hallow’s Eve itself.  I wonder if we’ll have enough face paint to last us till then?

Life with kids eh?

Halloween Costumes

I’m sure by now some of you have either purchased, chosen or for the super-crafty-mums, made their little ones Halloween costumes by now.  I haven’t.

When little T was one, we bought her a witch costume.  Sorry folks, I don’t have a photo saved on this laptop.  Was using a different one around that time.

And when she was two, she was also a witch and wore the same costume mentioned above.  She didn’t mind and probably had even no recollection that she wore the same costume the previous Halloween.

Please don’t tell her.  I’m sure when she’s older she’ll say “I can’t believe you let me wear the same Halloween costume twice!”  Then she’ll blame this particular incident in her childhood as the bane of all her insecurities/failures in life.  Yep, it’s all because she wore the same costume twice.  My fault.

But of course at three, you wouldn’t be able to get away with convincing her to wear the dreaded witch outfit again. “This isn’t the same costume you wore last year, or the year before that.  This is a different one!”  Nope, that didn’t happen.  And so last year, she was a Little Vampire.  Yep, another store-bought Halloween costume for Little T.

For this year though, she first decided that she wants to dress up as a Skeleton.  At first, I thought I’d try to make it myself since she already has a black long-sleeved-top and black leggings.  How hard is it to use white paint to outline a skeleton?  After doing some research on-line, I found a pattern you could actually use on white felt-cloth and then you can either stitch it or glue it on your little one’s black top and leggings.  Perfect!  Thank you Martha Stewart!

But then realised that the white-felt cloth I was planning to order on Amazon was about the same price of a Skeleton costume and thought, you know what, it’s actually cheaper to buy a costume!  So no mother of the year award for me, I’ll stick to the easy way, buy ’em!

And then, being Little T, she changed her mind!  Now she wants to be a ghost!  Thank goodness, I haven’t ordered that skeleton costume yet.  How hard is it to make a ghost costume?  I’m sure that’s super-easy, all you’ll need is a flat-old white sheet right?  I rummaged through our linen-cupboard and found none.  I’m thinking of going to a charity-shop to purchase one, and if I don’t find any or, if it costs more than a couple of pounds, I will resort to the easy-way out again.

The thing is, we won’t even be home on Halloween.  That means she won’t be able to answer the door to trick or treaters, go trick or treating herself, or even attend her school’s Halloween disco, because since it’s their half-term break, we decided to go to some place special for that particular week.  But of course, that won’t stop her from wearing her Halloween costume.  I’m sure she won’t be the only one traipsing around in a ghost costume 😉

Anyway, so yes, folks, it’s not surprising then that my …

Have you, or your little one(s) chosen a Halloween costume yet?

The Halloween that went Pfft

So this is what happened, at around 2pm, T was bugging me to wear her costume and get her face painted.  I knew it was still early, but I figured that she might as well wear her costume more than just a couple of hours, especially since I knew she’d be tired by 7 and asleep by 8pm.  And I thought that I would be able to re-touch the paint on her face before the trick or treaters started ringing our doorbell.

Blood-sucking little vampire practising her scary face.

By the time we got our first trick-or-treaters, around 4pm, her face paint was fading and I didn’t have the time to re-do her face.

After waiting for some time by the door, she got tired and just sat on the floor watching Cbeebies.

True enough, by the time it was 7pm, she said “I’m tired Mummy“.  That’s when I knew that this year’s Halloween just went pfft, especially since there weren’t much trick-or-treaters this year, unlike the last.  That means, we’ve go so much left-over-sweets, which I refuse to have in the house, so as of typing, it’s still sitting on our porch.  I’m thinking of either a).  Hand them over to L (the lovely woman who is in-charge of T’s play-school.  Christmas isn’t that far off, maybe she can use the sweets as prize/treats for the kids at the Christmas party.  b).  Hide them in the attic for next year’s use?  In case you’re wondering, T only had one lollipop.  Thank goodness, she didn’t ask for more!

What would you do if you had a big bag of left-over Halloween sweets lying around in your house?  Any suggestions?

Getting ready for All Hallow's Eve

Before T, we never used to celebrate Halloween and saw it as one of those commercialised over-rated events like Valentine’s Day or even Easter.  But with a young child of course, celebrations like All Hallow’s is definitely a must-do! For the little ones everything to do with Halloween is exciting, from picking pumpkins, choosing costumes, making sure there’s enough treats and of course, decorating the house, or even just dressing up your window is a fun-filled activity for them. Admittedly, I like the sprucing-up-your- window bit and dressing up my three-yearold in silly-cheap costumes.

There’s T helping me clean the pumpkins out.  At first she was hesitant to put her hand inside, but when I showed her what to do, she was all game, although of course, after awhile, she said You do it Mum!

And here she is is by the window arranging her carved out pumpkins along with the two little lanterns we got from the supermarket.

Tonight she’ll be dressed as a blood-sucking vampire.  I wish I could say that I made it, but no, as much as I would’ve loved to have made it, I chose the easy way out – bought her a costume in the shop.  She’s too young to go trick-or-treating, but hopefully next year, she’ll be able to.  This year instead, she’ll excitedly wait for the doorbell to ring and greet the children in her costume.  Hopefully, this time she won’t hide behind my legs but give out the treats herself.  I’m also wishing for the kids sake that it won’t rain.  But then again, this is England.

Have a safe Halloween everyone!

NaBloPoMo: October 1- 3 Daily Prompts

I’ve joined NaBloPoMo’s daily prompts for October.  I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately, and I’m hoping these little writing exercises will sort of help me get back on track.  But I’ll be cheating a bit here, I don’t think I’ll be able to write everyday, what I’ll do instead is bundle the days up together in one blog post.  Sorry!  But who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to write longer and more interesting posts rather than my usual Today, little T did this, did that, said this, said that kind of thing.

For the 1st of October the daily prompt is: What is your favourite thing about Autumn?  I don’t have one reason, I have four!  And they are:

1.  The changing of the colours of the leaves from brown to gold, everything seems to be tinted in gold!

2.  The cold air does not bite, but is enough to reason to wrap oneself up in a nice cardigan, or layer up.

3.  As a parent of a young child, I’ve learned to embrace everything about Halloween: carving pumpkins, Halloween costumes and of course, the treats.

4.  And lastly, I love it because we had a lovely small but beautiful wedding in Autumn.

October 2 Daily prompt: What is your favourite autumnal flavour?

The first thing that came into my mind is ginger!  I don’t know why, perhaps it reminds me of all the lovely soups to be made when the air is cold and ginger happens to be one of the main ingredients in some of the delicious recipes I’ve found like this yummy, creamy must-try Ginger Carrot Soup recipe.  If you’re not a big fan of carrots, try this Butternut Squash Soup recipe instead.  I’ve tried them both and can attest to how delicious they are, even the little one loves it!

October 3 Daily Prompt:  Will you dress up for Halloween?  What will you be?

Nope.  I’m just going to be me.  But I’m thinking of dressing up little T in this lovely no-sew Spider Web cap I’ve found in this lovely woman’s blog called Delia Creates.  She’s absolutely a goddess when it comes to DIY stuff.  When I grow up, I want to be her! =)

What do you love about Autumn?  Do share!