Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween! I don't like the creepy, scary horror movie type Halloween and I don't particularly love trick or treating but I do love dressing up and having fun! I love that I don't have to worry about the over commercialization of Halloween or if my kids understand the "true meaning" of Halloween because there isn't one! Halloween is just for fun. I love letting my kids decide what they want to be and then creating it for them.

This year we dressed up as: A sumo wrestler, a mime, a lion, Strawberry Shortcake, and Nacho Libre.

Michael's Nacho Libre costume was made from ladies pants and jacket from Goodwill, a flesh colored t-shirt from Walmart, an old (but never even worn) swimsuit, a wig and a moustache. The knee pads and the boots were made from parts of the jacket.

Liam chose to be a mime and he took it seriously. He watched 'how to mime' instructional videos on youtube so he could play the part right. The hat, gloves and t-shirt were purchased at wal-mart, pants at Goodwill. I made the suspenders and the scarf.

Sutton loves Strawberry Shortcake and decided weeks ago to be her for Halloween. I was glad because I knew it would be a really easy costume to make. I bought the tights and made the skirt and hat. I appliqued the strawberry and diamonds onto a white-shirt she already had. Sutton's costume was the most expensive because of the tights and the fabric. I justified it though because it looked perfect and now that Halloween is over the skirt can be part of her regular wardrobe.

Ezra was a little lion. Liam and Sutton both wore this costume when they were little. I love it!

I decided to take advantage of my rotund figure and be a sumo wrestler. The shirt and the old lady stretchy pants came from walmart ($3/each on clearance!). I made the mawashi (diaper-y thing) from felt.

And because I have no pride... here is a shot of the back view:

To help you get that image our of your head here is another cute one of the kids:

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!!


Anonymous said...

Love all of the costumes Erin, especially yours and Michael's!!

Marissa said...

Love the sumo wrestler idea! I'll have to try that next time I'm pregnant. I've also done a snowman and Mrs. Potatohead.

Andrea said...

Oh, hahaha! I so love your costume!!

Chris said...

So funny! Way to make it fun, especially enjoying the pregnant part. My boy just made a Nacho Libre mask for cub scouts...we must be on the same wavelength. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Love the sumo! Thanks for having "no pride", cause you looked awesome!

zuzuspetals said...

.....Oh, how I wish you were my mom as I was growing up. You're A to the mazing.

dandee said...

I love all of your costumes! I especially love that you and your husband joined in on the fun! Maybe next year I can convince Ryan to dress up. . .

janimal said...

You all look terrific! Your kids are so lucky to have parents who make Halloween so much fun. Applause!

Cara said...

I would love to know how you got the entire family to pose for pictures and actually get one with everyone looking at the camera! I've yet to accomplish that. Great job!

granma and papa said...

still laughing, my love still laughing! How did you EVER turn out to be such a fun mother with me as an example??? Btw, Michael, hot stuff, very hot!

Kalleen at Second Street said...

I love all your costumes. You are a fun mother, I wish I could be more like you. Thanks for sharing.

jen said...

loved all your costumes! can't wait to see what you come up with next year!

merathon said...

erin-- i hope that image never leaves my head. in fact, it is now patrick's new wallpaper on his laptop.

merathon said...

oh and one more thing checked off your list-- christmas card picture!

liz said...

omygosh you guys are hilarious. amazing costumes- I can tell you had fun putting them together.

Sara said...

Whoa, whoa. You didn't say where you got those beautiful eyebrows.

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