Sam turns ten this week, making this our tenth Halloween with kids. Before that, I don’t think I’d dressed up since I was about 16, dull adult-type person that I am. Our tenth year, then, of cute clowns, pirates, Star Wars characters, and Winnie the Pooh. I was going to make a photographic history of Lambert Halloweens, but alas, no scanner for the old photos (that’s a hint for you, Santa Matt). Here we are last year:
Dressing kids up is fun. Fun for us, and fun for them. I’m not the kind of mom that sews costumes and does everything to the max, but I do love Halloween. And I’ve been known to splurge on a great costume that I know will be worn again and again. This year, Jonathan already spotted an Anakin Skywalker costume, which I willingly purchased, thinking that we could have a complete Star Wars array, featuring Sam as Darth Vader and Ben as Yoda (they can be those two years in a row, can’t they?). For Mary I found this hysterical Princess Leia costume:
Isn’t this baby Chewbacca a hoot, too (maybe cousin Blaine could join us)?
Alas, it was not to be. Sam has informed me that he would like to be something “gross”. You know, something with fake blood, or drool. Maybe a partially-shaved head (not in his real hair!), some fangs, a black cloak. I think you get the idea. Darth Vader is not cool, nor scary enough when you’re ten.
What’s sad for me is that once Sam outgrows something, the other boys are never far behind. Benjamin is already trying to conjure up a little more creepy concept for his costume this year. Jon has to stick with Anakin — I just bought the darn costume. The good news is I hadn’t shelled out the $30 for Mary’s costume yet. Cute as Princess Leia would have been, she can be a clown for free.
Any advice on producing a cape with a hood? Should I just buy one (typical solution for me), or is this a project for a novice (crummy) sewer like me?