Saturday, November 8, 2014

Halloween Extravaganza

The load of activities we embarked on on Halloween Day legitimately made it feel like an “event”.  There was a lot happening, or so it seemed — or perhaps that was just for me, as I was helping out with both classroom parties, which involved both preparations and an afternoon spent at school.  So yeah, that was probably it. :)
Nonetheless, it was a full day, and it was fun!
I always try to help out when I can in the boys’ classrooms.  I love being able to get a sneak peek into the boys’ lives at school, and they’re both excited for me to be there, so until they change their minds and prefer that I not be there, I’m gonna be there!  I was unsure of how to coordinate my whereabouts, however, as I was assuming that the entire school was having their parties at the same time.  My plan was to contribute items for the parties (goody bags for Reed’s class and cupcakes for Drew’s class) but to not volunteer to lead an activity so that I could be free to float from one classroom to the other.  As it turned out, Reed’s class began their party shortly after lunch, and Drew’s class party began after the school costume parade, which was at 2:00.  That worked out well for me as I was able to be with both boys for a good portion of their parties.
Reed’s class started with centers, rotating through Halloween activities throughout their classroom, before changing into their costumes for the parade.
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The parade consists of the classes walking through the hallways so that everyone can see everyone else’s costumes.  I don’t believe I saw any other Mickeys.
{I hear little snippets from the boys about how and when they see each other throughout the day.  I was tickled as I saw Drew wave at Reed as he passed him during the parade.}
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After the parade, Reed’s class settled in with snacks and a Halloween movie, and I made my way down the hall to Drew’s class, where their party was beginning with a puppet show, presented by a classmate and his mom.
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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snap as many pictures during Drew’s party.  As the day approached, I noticed that no one has signed up to bring a craft for his party, so I volunteered and spent the party hosting and helping at the craft station.  I observed Drew as much as I could…noticing enough to see that he ate at least two cupcakes, if not three. :)
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The parties lasted until the close of the school day, so after resting up at home and grabbing a light supper, it was time to head out to trick-or-treat.
We had already decided, several days earlier, that we wanted to walk our neighborhood this year.  The last two years we’ve taken the boys to Trunk-or-Treats, capitalizing on the one-stop-shop candy collecting technique.  We stuck to the plan despite what the weatherman was telling us. Man oh man was it cold!  The temperature likely would have been tolerable if it hadn’t been for the 30-45mph winds we experienced all night!  Drew has a buddy that lives just up the street, so at the last minute, we decided to go out together (Brad stayed home with Ruby).  
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Weather aside, we did find the house that gives out the full-sized candy bars (score!) and we ended our neighborhood tour with the house that asks who the oldest in the group is and then proceeds to give the children that many pieces of candy.
When we got home, Brad was still wanting to take the boys to our neighbor’s church, which was doing Trunk-or-Treat, so Ruby and I stayed home while they ventured out again.
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Upon their return, the great candy sort of 2014 was on!
Because it was so cold and cloudy (and it even snowed a bit in the afternoon!) on Halloween day, I saved the obligatory holiday photo session for Sunday, when temps reached the low 50s and the sun was shining!
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All three costumes were DIY (what was I thinking?!) with a lot of help from everyday clothes and felt.  Yay for felt!
Here’s the lowdown…
Reed’s Mickey: 
long-sleeved black shirt - already in the closet
red shorts - borrowed from a friend
black leggings - $5 in the girls (shhhh don’t tell Reed!) department at Walmart.  It’ll be a few years, but those will be Ruby’s someday.
ears, gloves, shoe covers, buttons - felt, hot glue, a little bit of sewing, and an online pattern for the gloves
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{nice tail!}
Drew’s Leonardo: the most time-consuming and complicated of the three, for sure.  I used inspiration from HERE and HERE to try to come up with something.
green long-sleeved shirt & camo pants - Both purchased at Walmart.  I was on the hunt for matching greens for both the top and bottom, but came up short, so opted for a size small mens long sleeved shirt as it was the shade of green I was looking for (as opposed to the *bright* green the boys department offered me).  I trimmed the length and the sleeves so it would fit Drew more appropriately for his size.  There was a pair of matching sweat pants in the mens department, but there was no way I would’ve been able to alter those to Drew’s size.  The camo pants matched the green of the shirt, he could wear them after Halloween, and I sold them as being more in line with the “rougher” image those Turtles have these days.  Drew bought it.  Win.  Then, using some quilt batting and old fabric I had in my stash, I fashioned a shell-like chest.  Not too shabby, I gotta say.
shell - Drew had been given a store-bought Raphael costume from a friend (because his friend had been cleaning out some of his old stuff and knew Drew loved the Turtles - so sweet, right?!) but the costume was two sizes too small for Drew to wear this year.  But we could use the shell, as it was a separate piece.  It was a bit floppy, so I gave it some body and poof by attaching a felt piece to the back and stuffing it (felt and fiberfill already on hand).  Then I added the belt and sashes with old fabric and velcro, a la Leo.
mask - blue felt, also in my stash.
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Ruby’s owl:
It wasn’t long after Ruby was born that I had THIS pinned on Pinterest (followed quite quickly by finding and pinning her Halloween costume idea for next year!).  So I guess you could say I’ve been planning for a while for her to be an owl for her first Halloween!
pink long-sleeved shirt & pants - purchased at Kohls and wearable for the rest of the season
boots - garage sale find for $4
hat - Target; will be used all winter
cape - felt and more felt.  I made my own cape and feather patterns and after spending a few evenings watching TV  while cutting feathers from four different colors of felt, it took about and hour of pinning and sewing to get them attached to the cape.
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It convinced her.  She thought she could fly!
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I love these crazy animals!

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