Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Madness Begins

It’s that time of year, where mom goes crazy (in a happy way) with the sewing machine and attempts to visit different worlds through Family Theme Halloween costumes.  The best part for me is the costume research.  Watched and re-watched Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean too many times to count.   Here’s some past moments I’ve saved. 

Summer 518

My Legolas costume and matching quiver, with pattern pieces lying around.   In researching themes I save lot’s of film pictures, buy similar patterns (although I like making my own better), and take countless notes on details.  Loved researching the Pirates of the Caribbean costumes as well.

Summer 520

In years past the kids have complained when I’ve assigned them certain parts to play. That is until they start getting compliments on how great they look.  Then they embrace the theme, and proudly tell everyone who they were. 

This year I decided to let them choose the theme.  Kindof because I didn’t want to deal with the mumble grumble about the roles assigned them.  I told them to take to heart, their seamstress and the two themes she would love to do.  Apparently they have no hearts.

The two theme’s I wanted….

Peter Pan with it’s dashing Hook?  I mean what boy wouldn’t mind looking like Jason Isaac's Hook.

Captain Hook

And what girls doesn’t dream of being Wendy, or even Tinkerbell?

 wendy and peter

The other theme I really want to tackle (which would go great with our Mad Tea Party) is that of Alice in Wonderland.  Tim Burton Style, of course.


Lea’s already got Alice’s hair.  And can’t you just see T-rev and Evo-man as Dee and Dum?  I certainly can, especially with pillow’s stuffed in their costumes.


I would be the Red Queen and Prince Erik would be the Knave of Hearts.

 Queen of Hearts

Abner would be fetching and act well the part of the Mad Hatter.

Hatter Costume

And Princess would be the perfect White Queen.

White Queen

I’ve even found the White Queen’s shoes.

Summer 522

Hope wanted to be Mollymumkin the DorMouse.  It would be the perfect theme.

So we had a family discussion and Abner added an additional theme to consider,  which I humored because I believed it too outrageous to be chosen.  Unfortunately the whole blasted family latched onto with enthusiasm.  Even Prince Erik betrayed me and sided with Abner’s theme as he thought it would be the least time consuming for me. 

And so trying to make the minions wee ones happy, even though it’s taken the whole fun out of my process of exploration.  This year our family is going as character’s from…

Get this…


Power Puff Girls (for the girls)

power puff girls

And Rowdy Ruff Boys (for the boys)

rowdy ruff boys

And they specified that they wanted to be the original characters not the Japanese ones.

power puff japan

I’m trying not to gag.  But heck, at least they’ll be happy, right?

Next year the Mommy Dictatorship is back in effect.  In the meantime.  I mean to whip these costumes out and IF there is time and Halloween $ left in the budget maybe I’ll secretly make some of my wish costumes on the sly.   A girl can dream, can’t she?   Shhhhhh, don’t tell Prince Erik, he’ll freak.


The Trio said...

I love your themes every year! Can't wait to see the final product. At least they didn't pick something with immodest costumes. Wish I had the knowledge and time for this endeavor! Keep us posted. Most of all, keep dreaming!

Sara said...

Ha ha ha! We love the PowerPuff girls. It will be fun, but they certainly don't have the grace and drama of the big costumes you like!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

My kids never want to be what I want them to be for Halloween either. Nuts.

Katy Cameron said...

Yikes, long live the mummy dictatorship!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I bet the costumes will be great anyway.

Susanne said...

Too funny! Can't wait to see how they turn out! I'm rooting for a theme in our family this year, but I already have two complainers! Gavin is insisting that he's going to be spiderman and Kate wants to be Hannah Montana (eek!). I really want to do either Alice in Wonderland or Wizard of Oz. I guess we'll see how it turns out... Maybe I'll *let* Gavin go trick-or-treating in a spiderman costume and do the theme for all the parties. We'll see. ;)