I already have. I am responsible for dressing one 6 year old girl pirate for Halloween this year. I have 90% of the costume together but I’m still looking for the “puffy shirt”. Halloween is the one time when I miss not having kids but fortunately, I can borrow my friend Cheryl’s; just one of them. Miyeko is so much fun (and she thinks Auntie Heather is cool) so I’m really looking forward to Halloween this year a little more than other years. I’ll try to remember to post pictures.
So I’ve been online looking at pirate costumes to get inspiration. I’m more of a stylist than seamstress. This actually works out well because it is important to Miyeko to be cute (which I completely understand as the minimum requirement for a Halloween costume). So I have been looking for things that aren’t that plasticky costume junk. This is what happens when you put Auntie Heather in charge of the costume. I guarantee one very stylish 6 year old pirate. When I was younger we took Halloween very seriously; especially my dad. I was in costume contests and won one year as a mummy (my parents taught me how to act the part and it was all fine and good until I had to go the the bathroom and needed someone to unwrap me) and came in third one year as a wolf-man. Yeah, I peaked between the ages of 4 and 5. One year, my dad made my alien costume out of papier mache. The head was HUGE and painted green and he used halves of those panty hose eggs for the bloodshot eyes. It was a work of art. Today, when I think of Halloween, I smell wet papier mache. I like that smell.
The other thing I have looked at online, which I do every year, is dog costumes. I have not yet come to terms with the fact that Jonas will not tolerate them. Or for the short time that he does, he looks miserable. I rationalized that the superman costume was too small and that is why he looked cranky (how would YOU feel in a too-small superman costume?). Plus my friend Marlene sent me pictures of her rat terrier dressed up as Dracula last year and it was so cute and funny. I want some of that cute and funny. This year, maybe we will try something around Jonas’ neck. Nothing too elaborate. He enjoys his collar, so we’ll see what happens.
Oh anyway, this is the reason I was writing about all of this. I’m not a big fan of the pun, but I am a big fan of Halloween. So I suppose I will be spending some time here.
(PS: pretty sure I spelled papier mache wrong and it’s Saturday so I am not looking it up….feels too much like work)