Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Highlights (& lots of pictures)

This was such a busy week with Halloween crafting & activities! I made these skeleton sock dolls (found on the Crafty Crow, but the instructions are here). Not sure that I need all 3, but I figured it would be just as easy to make several as it would be to make one....

I also made a black feather wreath. I think I'd eventually like to have scads of Halloween wreaths and have a different one for each of the doors in the hallway, but for now we have this one on the front door. (I also did the cheesecloth this year--tea dyed for aging & then distressed with scissors and ripping).

This is Chick's artwork from preschool this week & I love it! It was painted with a marble.

I had last minute finishing on Chick's costume this week as well. Here are the details on her costume: $1 pipe cleaners, $.65 tank top, $2 bias tape. All else was in my stash (black netting, black stretch cotton, black satin, embroidery thread, & rings from old tomato cages for the wings). I had planned to buy some things (like antennae), but ended up just making everything. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I think she makes a pretty darn cute bee!! I'm not really thrilled with any of the pictures--we never really had time to just take pictures--I'm considering getting her all dressed & done up AGAIN just to get some really cute pictures..... Is that too crazy?

(during hair & makeup)
Chick with Grandpa N...not sure what she's doing with her hand, though....

Monkey's costume was just a fairy/witch/vampire/what-have-you-Halloween dress that I got at the thrift store a few months ago, and because she was the stepchild of the holiday she didn't get any accessories, but everyone thought she was cute anyhow...and she didn't care in the least whether she was even in a costume at all.
Monkey with Grandma N, who was a colonial woman, but my sister and I both though she should have carried around a dog & been Old Mother Hubbard.

On Friday we went to my Sister & parents' church party. It was lots of fun, and both girls liked having the extra family members around. Here are some of the other costumes:

My neice: Integrity Value Barbie

My brother-in-law: Jack Sparrow My nephew: Captain Borbosa (the two guys hosted one of the rooms for trick-or-treating & had it all decorated in Pirates of the Carribbean style...I didn't get a picture, but it was awesome)

On Saturday we went to our church's Trunk-or-Treat. HH handed out glow bracelets with Monkey (yup, we didn't do candy) while I took Chick around to the other cars. It was raining & cold (pretty typical of this area...I have many memories & pictures of cold, wet Halloweens), so after the trunk-or-treat we skipped going to the town center & just headed home. We went around the neighborhood & then watched 'Monsters vs. Aliens' with HH & Chick doing door duty.

While HH & I were helping finish with clean-up at Trunk or Treat, Chick sat shivering in the back of the jeep. I don't know if you can tell very well in the picture, but she was totally frozen & miserable at this point.

On the drive home Chick was really interested in all of the candy in her pumpkin. HH gets most of it, but I did save some for her (like M&M's...she really likes "Emma M's")


Katie said...

awww, so cute! Good job on the costumes!

nikko said...

I love those skeleton sock dolls... and the feather wreath... and the cheesecloth... and the costumes... Everything turned out wonderful!

And you're right. Every Halloween up there is cold and wet, isn't it?

The Value Barbie = awesome!

S.Ann said...

Hooray, Hooray, a new blog! I love your pictures. How come your pics are so much better than mine? My camera is obsolete and it's only abt 6 years old. If your postings are like mine, the totally awesome pirates and bee will loose out in comments to the Value Barbie. I think that it's because no one ever saw one before. Ciao

Annalia Romero said...

Your skeleton dolls are freaking me out - but I guess that's what they're supposed to do.

Chick's costume is adorable!

I love your gypsy costume. I was almost always a gypsy growing up.

Our ward didn't have trunk-or-treat. Isn't that lame?!

Heather, Rex, etc. said...

What adorable costumes!

Simply Simmons said...

Awesome job on the costumes. I've never seen a cuter bee or a more adorable fairy/witch/vampire/what-have-you-Halloween Monkey!

Looks like you had a great time!! :)