Halloween isn’t really my favorite holiday. I didn’t buy any pumpkins (not to mention carve any — yuck!) or even watch Halloween-themed movies. I’ve been stressing over how to dress up my kid for weeks… putting it off, really. Last year, I dressed him as Steve Jobs. That’s right — I dressed him in jeans and a black turtleneck and put an iPhone in his hands. Pitiful.
I just found it hard to care this year. My kid isn’t even two — he can only say a few words, he’s too young to trick-or-treat, he doesn’t have a favorite tv character… He’s honestly not likely to get a whole lot out of the holiday at this age. Besides that, I didn’t want to spend way too much money on a cheaply made polyester costume that would cause him discomfort (as polyester always does) and would never be worn again. But no costume wasn’t a choice — he needed one to wear to his school party.
Then on Monday, I had a stroke of genius. Jake and the Neverland Pirates!
The shirt, pants, and boots came from Target — all items he can wear throughout the fall/winter. The vest is made from an old tshirt leftover from college, cut up and turned inside out. I used one of J’s shirts as a sort of “pattern” to take in the sides (using hot glue), then I hot glued felt (which I already had from previous projects) for the vest details. The belt and headband are also made from cut up old tshirts.
It’s not perfect, but it’s functional, comfortable, and cheap. He wore it all day long and, as far as I know, didn’t complain.
J’s teachers were amazed, though. One of them said, “Wow! You made that vest?! Were you a theater major in college or something?”
“Why, yes — yes I was!” Ha!
Anyway, all in all, it was a pretty good day! We celebrated this evening with my sister and her housemates (many thanks for having us, ladies!), eating chili, drinking caramel apple cocktails, and greeting trick-or-treaters at the door. J had his first Twix (that’s what he picked out of the bowl — good choice!) and stayed up two hours past his normal bedtime. He was such a trooper — but ready to drop when we got home!
I hope your Halloween festivities were full of spooky fun (and sweets)!
Now that Halloween craziness is over, maybe I’ll finally get around to writing a post for his 22 month update. Later. Now, it’s time for sleep.