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Who Can Take Tomorrow…Dip It In a Dream…

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…separate the sorrow, and collect up all the cream?

The Candy Man can cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.

Welcome to Halloween 2014! A little background for those who are new to these here parts: We’re crazy. That should be enough of an intro. ;) No, really, though, we are. Or at least I am. Every year, we do a family theme for our Halloween costumes. For a little more info on that (and to see a list of what we’ve done), you can go to this post.

If you’ve browsed through my Halloween posts before, you might notice that there wasn’t one last year. And, well, that’s because last’s year’s theme was “Kids, pick something from the dress up closet, because I don’t have time for it this year.” So this year, we had to make up for it and plan ahead. The theme we picked? Willy Wonka! {Side note literary bonus…if you choose costumes from a book, you can read that book together as a family as part of your preparations. Booyah! Who needs school?! Just kidding. I do. I need my kids to go to school.}

So, without further ado, I give you six cast members from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Or as the 3 year old calls it, “Chocolate and the Charlie Factory.”

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I also need to share one of my favorite pictures from the night that I caught while I was adjusting my camera settings. I mean, what was everyone doing? Really, I wish I knew what every single person in this picture was doing at this moment:
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And now on to the individual costumes and a quick breakdown.

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Let’s start with Mr. Wonka, himself. {Funny side note: Mr. LPMD is a high school teacher and he decided to wear his costume to school on Halloween. He had his pockets full of candy and while he was walking in the halls, if any student said, “Willy Wonka!” he threw a handful of candy at them and kept on walking. One student’s response was “Did that really just happen? That was epic.”} We knew from the start that finding a purple jacket was going to be our biggest hurdle. We looked and looked, but didn’t find one. Eventually I ran across a tan corduroy one and snatched it up. While debating how I should dye it (since it was dry clean only), I had a friend tell me she had painted costumes before and had good results, so I decided to try it out. I used acrylic paint and brushed it on with a paintbrush. It worked…okay. It was hard on the corduroy, because it didn’t always get down in the gaps, so it looked painted, but then when the fabric was moved, you could see the tan color showing up. It was also splotchy where I had to let it dry (so I could move it around to paint it more or so I could stop and take care of my family or whatnot) and then start up again. It also dried VERY stiff. I think if I have to do something like this again, I’ll try the dye and see how it goes.

His hat was a grey thrift store find and also got the paint treatment and a ribbon added around it. The bow tie came from some fabric in my stash and the vest was an amazingly awesome thrift store find. It started out as a woman’s 10P blouse, but the fabric was just too close of a match to pass up, so we decided to make it work for this 6 foot guy. I ended up just cutting the front panels off and safety pinning them onto his white shirt. Whew! His costume was a lot of work.

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Veruca Salt. {This is literally the best picture of me we got. Boo.} This dress was another fortuitous thrift store find. I added the black buttons and the black ribbon waistband and that was it. Yes, I know Veruca’s dress had long sleeves, but this was good enough for me.

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This here is Charlie Bucket and his valuable Golden Ticket. Super easy “costume.” Blue turtleneck. Grey corduroy pants. Golden ticket handmade by an 8 year old. We tried to convince him to be Augustus Gloop because people wouldn’t think he was dressed up, but he was bound and determined to be Charlie. Which, really, just made less work for me.

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“Violet, you’re turning violet, Violet!” The Princess was Violet Beauregarde, partially on her way to becoming a giant blueberry. With gum. We found the blouse, pants and belt all at thrift stores. I changed the buttons out to look more like the movie and we stuffed her up with pillows. Also, I had no idea she was wearing those boots until I was going through the pictures after I had uploaded them. Se la vie.

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Well hello there, adorable Mike Teavee! This kid was so excited for his costume. Especially the toy gun and the cowboy hat. True story, I could not find a yellow button up shirt for this costume. I ended up buying a tan one at {you guessed it} a thrift store and dying it yellow. In fact, the number of things I had to change the color of for all of our costumes was kind of ridiculous. So I bought the shirt, dyed it yellow, and sewed on the fringe. That was a new experience. I’ve never sewed on fringe before, but it went swimmingly. All of the accessories we already had or bought for cheap.

Okay. This next one is just…kind of my favorite. I mean, not my favorite kid because I’m a mom and moms don’t have favorite kids, but his costume. Pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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Am I right?! Maybe I’m biased, but that there is one good looking Oompa Loompa {who also self identifies as a “Loompa Doompa”}. This kid is a singing and dancing maniac – anything for an audience. So when he found out he could be a character who sings and dances AND would get to spray his hair green, he was sold.

Okay, enough mommy gushing and on to the costume. I made the pants and suspenders from some white fleece. And by “I,” I mean I made the pants and my mother made the suspenders and attached them to the pants. I was running out of time here, folks. Yet again, I could not find a brown turtleneck. How easy should that have been? Nope, not easy. I mean, I could have ordered one from Amazon for like $13, but this is a costume. I actually had a friend call from a thrift store and tell me she found a white one, so I told her to get it for me and then I dyed it brown. I really liked that it was ribbed, because it made painting the white stripes on pretty easy. I had planned to do his cuffs (and some socks) as well, but never got around to it. So you can just ignore the bare ankles and Lightning McQueen shoes for now.

And there you have it. Halloween 2014 in the bag. Do you do costume themes with family or friends for Halloween? Tell me some of the fun things you’ve done in the comments!

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Look who’s back…back again

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I know I’ve missed a couple of Wanderlust Wednesdays and still haven’t posted from Halloween, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks, what with Halloween and the birthday of a princess and my computer’s RAM dying and all. But I’m back in business folks – you can’t get rid of me that easily!

Today I just wanted to share our family’s Halloween pics with you (since I did the whole sneak peek thing and all. Twice.) Now, these were taken after trick-or-treating, which means that it was late and we had some tired, grumpy, sugar-highed super heros with scatty-whompus costume elements. Just, you know, in case you were wondering.

Without further ado:

When we first decided to be super heroes, I had to do a quick Facebook post about the advisability of mixing DC and Marvel characters. The consensus was that this was, generally, not okay in the eyes of comic book geeks everywhere. But then I decided, forget it, I don’t care. And there we were. Ready to take on the world and all the evils it could throw at us. Like three year olds who can’t hold still for pictures and one year olds who don’t want their picture taken at all.

A quick rundown of each costume (for those who care):

Black Widow (Me): Black boots, black leggings, black shirt, black belt w/a red duct tape hourglass. Curled hair (okay, disclaimer – I attempted to dye my hair red, but the dye I chose turned out to be more dark brown than red and really, you could only tell a difference in my color if you knew.)Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

The Punisher (The Manchild): Black cargos (truth: I told him to get black cargos, he came home with casual black slacks…what are those called? Like Dickies or something. Not what I planned, but whatever), black shirt from this post, belt with awesome skull buckle that you can’t really see, black leather jacket from the thrift store.

Batman (usually referred to on this blog as Spiderman – this is about to get confusing): Hand me down pjs. Easiest costume ever.

WonderWoman (the Princess): Foam crown from Michael’s cut into the right shape w/star added, red t-shirt w/yellow electrical tape logo, gold ribbon tied around the waist, blue skirt from this post, duct tape wrist cuffs, satin fabric cape, duct tape boots adapted from this tutorial. This was, by far, the most labor intensive costume I did this year. Due to a certain picky child. That I love. Dearly.

Spiderman (usually called Superman here): $3 dress-up from the thrift store. Bam.

Superman (also known as Batman. Here, anyway.): $1 Superman tank from Walmart w/sleeves added, Handmade pants w/attached shorts (that don’t look like underwear, as adamantly requested by the wearer), satin fabric cape, gold ribbon tied around the waist.

And THAT’S what I spent my October doing.

Halloween Sneak Peek Numero Dos*

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*or Why My Kitchen Floor Is Covered in Hot Glue Strings

Last week I gave you a little glimpse into the Halloween preparations going on at our house. This week, I have another one for you! Yay! You can’t contain your excitement, right?!

Without further ado, here it is:

Know what we’re going as yet? A little extra clue: The person wearing this fabulous item was a bit disappointed when she found out she didn’t get to wear just a leotard. For some reason her mother thought that would not be appropriate considering her age and the guaranteed Halloween weather round these here parts. And the fact that really, no one should just walk around in a leotard. Not even Beyonce. Not even her single lady friends.

Anyway…a little bit of info on this fabulous piece of work. ;) Found the skirt on clearance at Walmart for $2 – two sizes too big, but that was an easy fix. Star sequins from Michael’s for about $2. No way in the world above or below was I going to sew those suckers on, so out came the hot glue gun. If you ever embark on such a project yourself, be warned that the hot glue *might* cause the sequins to melt a bit. My strategy, after some trial and error, was to put 4-5 dots of glue down on the skirt, and then gently add the stars and then go back and push them down just a bit more. It takes a long time, very little skill, and a lot of patience. But honestly, you probably don’t want to embark on such a project, because who in their right mind would?

What are you going as for Halloween? Do you make your own costumes or wear pre-made ones?

Halloween Sneak Peek

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With Halloween just around the corner, I’ve been trying to get our costumes squared away. I’m not just a go-out-and-buy-a-costume-from-a-store kind of girl. Generally, I have to MAKE our Halloween costumes from things I find at thrift stores and on clearance racks and your basic craft supplies. You can blame it on my mother. No seriously, you can. Once, for a job interview at a preschool, she dressed up as Mother Goose. For a JOB INTERVIEW. Goose and all. Her costume skills are A. MAZE. ING. But I digress. The point is, I can’t buy a pre-made costume. It makes my insides turn. Well, unless I find it on a clearance rack or at a thrift store, of course.

So let me give you a little sneak peek into our costumes this year. But first, let me tell you a little about my little family and Halloween. We have a Halloween birthday in the house. We love to celebrate. We love to dress up. Even the husbandman does it. But we’re mean parents because, so far, we don’t let our kids be whatever they want. Oh no, we have to coordinate. There is always a theme. Always. In the past, we’ve been:

*Sesame Street: Oscar the Grouch, carried around in a garbage can by Bruce, accompanied by Cookie Monster
*A Disco Ball and 2 Disco Dancers
* A Butterfly, an Entomologist and his display board of bugs
* The Little Mermaid and Ursula with Chuck Noland and Wilson
* Fancy Nancy’s Family
* Sticks: a Stick Figure, Pick-up Sticks, Lipstick, Stickers, and Non-Stick
* Peter Pan: Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, the Crocodile, Smee, and Peter Pan’s Shadow
* Spooks: Grim Reaper, Witch, Vampire, Pirate, and Skeleton

(I was going to post pictures of all of those, but when I realized they weren’t on my computer anymore, I got lazy and you got a list instead. Sorry.)

Unfortunately (or maybe it’s a good thing), the kids started to have opinions about what we should be a couple of years ago.

I know, right?

But so far we’ve been able to at least keep a theme going.

And now onto this sneak peek I keep talking about. This is what I worked on today, via an old tutorial by Char from Crap I’ve Made:

Can you tell what we’re going as this year? That’s the only hint you’ll get for now! So, in Less Pinning More Doing fashion, I’m actually going to go ahead and give my schpeal about how the project went. Shocking, right?

THE RESULTS

Um, look up.

WHAT I LEARNED

*Freezer paper does, indeed, make a fabulous iron on stencil for fabric.

*If you want your image to be centered and straight on the fabric (say like, a t-shirt), you should probably measure and stuff or at least actually try to eyeball it before ironing that stencil on so you don’t end up with an off-centered crooked image on a shirt that has to be tucked in a little crookedly to not look terrible…not that I know anything about that. It’s just…you know, a good idea.

*I used basic white acrylic paint and applied it with a sponge and it worked great because I wanted it to be a bit uneven/distressed. I actually took some sandpaper to it afterward as well. I might sand it some more. If you want a nice, solid looking image, you might want to do spray paint or fabric paint or use an actual paint brush or something.

THE VERDICT

I love this! I thought it turned out great! I might start walking around my house finding things to stencil just so I can do it some more.

Glow Jars

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You might be surprised to find out that I try things that don’t involve food or hair from my Pinterest boards. This next little tidbit was something we did for the Halloween party we threw for the neighborhood kids.

I give you: GLOW JARS

THE RESULTS

We used baby food jars, with the intent of scattering them throughout the “Haunted Forest” to create some eerie lighting.

WHAT I LEARNED

*Apparently, I’ve been forgetting this section. Let’s just pretend nobody noticed, eh?

*The instructions are to break a glow stick and dump the contents into a jar. It’s a bit tricky to just “break a glowstick.” I used scissors.

*Unbeknownst to me, glowsticks actually have a little glass tube inside (which is why you have to “crack” them to make them glow.) Fascinating. This also makes cutting a bit tricky. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT cut them in the center. You will have a big mess. Trust me. Snip off the tip. And then snip off the other tip so there will be some air pressure at work so you can dump out the contents.

*This is a bit messy.

THE VERDICT

They turned out great! They glowed just enough and were a lot of fun!