Both of our families on the Inspired Home had a great Halloween this year, and below is our post with the halloween costumes we chose! Hope you enjoy our BOO-tiful Halloween wrap-up!
Miss O and I got to attend a number of Halloween events in the last week. All of the events were hosted by Momstown Burlington but their main event was a party at Tansley Woods, a local community centre. This was a party for all ages and dads were also invited. There were crafts, contests, a costume parade and of course some treats! ECS Coffee was also on hand with free coffee for the mummies and daddies. One of the contests was to wrap up your Daddy like a Mummy using toilet paper. Miss O was a little bit more interested in playing with a roll of toilet paper so I went to work on wrapping up Daddy. O had a lot of fun and was so darn cute in her Minnie Mouse halloween costume! I had originally planned to simply buy a Minnie Mouse costume from Target but upon seeing the quality of it, I was less than pleased. I opted instead to purchase a Minnie Mouse tutu from Halloween City with an elastic waist that will fit her for years to come. I simply put her in a pink onesie and black leggings and added her Minnie Mouse StrideRite shoes (thanks grandma!) and a polar fleece Minnie hoodie from Walmart complete with ears & a bow on the hood! Miss O has a serious aversion to wearing hats, headbands, hair clips or anything else on her head; hoodies are about the only exception to this so I was glad I found that in my travels. I simply dressed as Mickey Mouse to accompany my little Minnie. I wore a black long-sleeved tee, black leggings and red basketball shorts over the leggings with felt “buttons” attached. I bought some Mickey ears and I found bright yellow slippers at Winners to complete the outfit.
One of my fellow Momstown friends, Emiley, made some fantastic costumes for her two girls. C wanted to be Ariel and T was baby Ursula! I was floored at how amazing both of the costumes turned out. Ursula’s tentacles are made using pantyhose, paint and even had little “suction cups” on the tentacles! Ariel’s gorgeous skirt and the amazing yarn hair were also made by Emiley. Ariel even had a seashell bikini top over her shirt! Emiley wanted her costume to match their theme so she went as the ocean in a flowy blue dress with various fish attached to the dress. She also used my suggestion for her face paint – she used an old pair of fishnet stockings, laid it on her face around her eyes and brushed iridescent blue eye shadow over the stocking. Once the stocking is removed it leaves a design on your face like scales. It looked brilliant.
We had scored some Melissa & Doug costumes at our local IGA store a couple months ago for just $4/each, so Mr J had a lot of choice in what halloween costume he was going to wear! We are planning to reuse each of the halloween costumes in our tickle trunk for our new playroom as well. On Wednesday, we went to our Bridging the Gap program at Hinton Public Library, and with our special senior friend showed off our first costume – “a woofie doctor”. Miss P went as a lion.
On Thursday, we attended a Halloween party at our local ParentLink Centre, sung Halloween songs, made a caramel apple, and trick or treated through the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre and Hinton Public Library as a “yummy chef”. Miss P went as a reindeer. We were the lucky recipients of a door prize which had Playdough, a Curious George Halloween movie, pumpkin carving tools, fruit snacks and an orange Slinky that was very popular!
On Halloween, I asked Mr J what costume he was going to wear and he said “wheewhoa man” (Fireman). Cue Mommy panic as we did have a fireman hat but no jacket to go with it. I used the smocks from the other costumes as a guide, and frantically sewed a fireman’s jacket out of black canvas. I had reflective stickers from Dollarama and a Toronto Fire badge from our retired firefighter Grandpa W that I used to complete the jacket. We trick or treated at Parks West Mall (a fantastic event put on by the mall, Walmart and Hinton Kids for Success), had some supper at home and then trick or treated our street! It was a wonderful night out at 6C and all the snow melted.
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.