Alright, so first things first, I’m going to warn you, I’m a failure as a blogger and mother when it comes to photos this Halloween. Between the rain, the preschooler’s aversion to even slightly-damp clothing, the boys napping in shifts and my just being lazy, I didn’t get a single picture of the boys together. I also only got pictures with my phone.
Boo, hiss, I suck…whatever. I’m over it. Lets get on to the cute pictures already.
Isn’t R just the cutest Calvin you’ve ever seen? …probably because he’s not old enough to get into any of the trouble that comic-book-Calvin is always giving his parents…
I was shocked by the utter impossibility of finding a plain red shirt for him. Apparently kids aren’t allowed to have clothing without pictures on it? I wound up buying 2T-3T white undershirts and tossing one in a bath of Rit dye. I used cherry red. Be warned, cherry red is suspiciously close to fushia pink. After I finished dyeing it, I used a sharpie to draw the imperfect, sketched on, comic book black lines.
And here is our Hobbes, finally cooperating with having a picture taken…and, of course, his absolutely necessary tail.
I’ve already walked you through how I made the pants and sweater…the tail is just a long, skinny rectangle that I stuffed, sewed shut and stitched onto an elastic belt.
I’m desperately hoping that he decides to wear the pieces of this as part of his everyday wardrobe. I spent a stupid amount of time on this costume otherwise. I was a little annoyed when I started that I wasn’t going to be able to make the pieces match, but honestly, I sort of love it now that it’s done. I think it makes it more playful. 3 year olds, even 3 year old tigers, oughtn’t need to match.
Finally, because Halloween is my favorite holiday and I can’t stand to be left out of the dress-up fun, I threw together this costume at the literal last minute:
The rain just kept coming down and didn’t show any signs of letting up, so I racked my brain for costumes that integrated an umbrella. Mary Poppins was the obvious choice!
I hope all of you enjoyed your Halloweens as much as we enjoyed ours!