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Topic: WHOA! I am a slacker! Trick or Treat in 3 days... EEK!!  (Read 756 times)
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« on: October 23, 2008 06:54:58 PM »

Oh My!  Have I been busy.  Maybe just preoccupied with adult stuff.  I don't know, but Trick or Treat is on Sunday and I don't have costumes for my 2 boys.  (OK, I have 3, but I am not worried about the baby this year.  Thats bad I know, but we're down to the line here!!) 

I hate... no, HATE store bought costumes and if anyone has any quick and easy suggestions for two boys ages 8 and 4  please please please let me know! 

And I promise from this day forward on every October 1st (at the absolute latest!!) I will know what I am doing for Trick or Treat!

Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008 03:35:30 AM »

im confused, cos Halloween is on the 31st, but i think maybe you live in another country than i do...

i made 3 full adult costumes and a baby costume in 3 days last yr (my sister helped though)

i would say dont leave it up to them this time (since it will lead to alot of mind changing) and go as a group of something (i am also partisan to group costumes lol)

maybe go as veggies and fruits, or characters from their favorite movie....maybe Mario and Luigi (cos its overalls and a hat with a mustache and gloves)
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008 04:34:33 AM »

im confused, cos Halloween is on the 31st, but i think maybe you live in another country than i do...

i made 3 full adult costumes and a baby costume in 3 days last yr (my sister helped though)

i would say dont leave it up to them this time (since it will lead to alot of mind changing) and go as a group of something (i am also partisan to group costumes lol)

maybe go as veggies and fruits, or characters from their favorite movie....maybe Mario and Luigi (cos its overalls and a hat with a mustache and gloves)

Sorry for the confusion,  I live in Wisconsin and yes, Halloween is on the 31st, but Trick or Treat is the Sunday before, well this Sunday... hence my dilema. 

I like the Mario and Luigi idea though,  that would be cute.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008 04:59:17 AM »

Bunches of grapes and bags of jellybeans are easy, as all they require are some sweats, some balloons (only half blown up so they're less likely to pop) and a clear plastic garbage bag for the jellybeans.  The Jolly Green Giant is also one that mostly requires sweats.  Look through their clothes (and your husbands!)  can they go as pirates, ninjas, old men, or superheros from things they've already got, plus a few creative accessories?  It's probably too cold for togas, but a black bathrobe could easily become a reaper.  Oh, and don't forget, any old clothes can be turned into zombie-wear.

You can make easy face paint by mixing crisco shortening and food coloring, dust with cornstarch to set.  Food coloring and corn syrup makes great, non-toxic, okay-to-lick blood, and, if you can find one, get a red and white striped jumper for the baby, and he can be Toby from Labyrinth!
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008 08:29:10 AM »

I don't work for Michael's, I just always notice that in their flyers around Hallowe'en, they show easy costumes made out of t-shirts.

I found the link to the costume idea pages for you:
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectlist?categoryid=119806

They sell t-shirts pretty cheap, or I'm sure you could go with stuff you already have that you don't mind painting or cutting up. I like their pirate costumes - so cute! Plus, "pirate" is always something young boys go for in terms of costumes!

Here's another site which has printed tees - you could, if you have a little extra time, make your own versions of these with some fabric paint...
http://teenormous.com/lists/halloween-costume-t-shirts

And I'd second the suggestion of shopping your own closets and adding accessories to make outfits. Dollar stores often have foam or plastic ninja/pirate/fireman/etc. accessories, and belting an adult-sized shirt can really alter its look on a kid!

Here's another site I found; it's an online book:
http://books.google.ca/books?id=MJT8FZVxPBkC&pg=PA30&lpg=PA30&dq=t-shirt+costumes&source=web&ots=ZhoscgX-tg&sig=8zsP8DGOAO2VigBz6NTHwDHWnqU&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA33,M1

Wow, I'm having way too much fun with this... Cheesy
Hope these help, and have fun taking those kids Trick or Treating!
- Aimee
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2008 02:23:36 PM »

AWESOME!!  Thank You for all of the great ideas!  I feel like I had a duh! moment!  haha. 

Well, I am off to go "shopping" in my closet for some costumes.  Now, if only I could get my 4 year old (BOY!!) to stop saying that he wants to be a princess.   Shocked
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