So my housemates and I went as the Wild Things (and Max) from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are
. I made all of the masks and three of the four costumes (one was made from an existing coat) in and month and a half!
One thing that I learned from making these costumes is that the monsters in the book all have names (and were in fact named after Sendak's aunts and uncles), so I give you, from left to right:
Max (and his name is actually Max too), Emil, Tzippy (me), Mioshe (my boyfriend), and Bernard!
(sadly Bernard's horns didn't last the night - he's a pretty extravagant dancer)
I don't have many good photos of the costumes as they were being made (my camera was missing!) but I do have some from our evening-before-halloween scramble to get all last minutes parts of the costumes together:
Our scary kitchen 4 hours before we left for our party
Trying to screw Bernard's mask onto a bike helmet
My costume that I stuffed with old newspapers. It was warm but a tad difficult to walk in
The costume on
For the eye holes I cut slits into the creases around the eyes and the nose. They were pretty much invisible when the masks were on, but we could see pretty well through them.
You can't see them in any of the group pictures, but we all had on these giant creepy feet that our Bernard found somewhere online:
The feet looked great but they were a bit of a burden when we decided it would be a really good idea to walk, in full costumes, through the woods to get to the party...At least it was in character!
But all-in-all it was a very fun night and we walked around the campus (we made the costumes for our school's HUGE Halloween party) followed by screams of, "The Wild Things!?! I LOVED that book!"
...And dancing like a Wild Thing was especially fun