Monday, November 2, 2009

No, Actually, It Is Precisely The Time To Freak Out

After last year's turns as the Lollipop Guild Munchkin and the Cowardly Lion, Ellie decided that she and Jimmy should be Glinda the Good Witch ("You know, Mama, that big, pink fairy?") and the Tin Man, respectively.  This is how things frequently go these days: Ellie makes a decision, Jimmy lives with the results.  He's Cuba to her Soviet Union.  The actual results:

Halloween mooks
Pretty cute!  See?  Socialist dictators aren't that bad!

That's a duct tape bow tie
Jimmy was really into the whole assigned Tin Man concept, but mostly because the Tin Man is shiny and clunky and therefore looks like a ROBOT! and there is nothing Jimmy loves more in the world than ROBOTS! (More on ROBOTS! tomorrow.)

Tin Man!
Also, the costume involved a weapon, which is always exciting.  Quick construction notes for people trying this at home: his arms are made from 3" dryer vent, his legs from 4" dryer vent.  I added a gray turtleneck, gray tights, and a loose tunic made from inexpensive silver pleather. We finished it with a little duct tape bow tie pinned to the front. I was going to stitch a funnel to his gray stocking cap, but my Mom ordered an actual Tin Man hat and hatchet from a costume site instead. (Thanks, Nan!)

coy
And here we have Glinda, scarcely able to open her eyes and witness the pinkness of it all.  Ellie's requested that her costume be "pink, fluffy, big, and pink" and I think we achieved the stated client goals.  The skirt, which was enormous and sparkly and shed approximately two pounds of pink glitter all over the floors, was constructed from a two shades of pink tulle (blush and bashful, perchance?) using the no-sew tutu method.  Incredibly easy, except for the freaking glitter, seriously, we're eating breathing and excreting glitter up in here.  I found some in Jimmy's Pull-Up yesterday.  It's like we're living at Glitter Beach on the Sparkle Sea in the Land of Fancy.  (Our upcoming biopic: There Will Be Glitter.)

We put the tutu over her pink ballet leotard and leggings, and Nan ordered the Glinda crown from the same costume site.  (Yay, Nan!)

elliehalloweenpeek
The shoes were courtesy of Target, and really everything Ellie has hoped for in a shoe: pink, shiny, flowered, and pink.  She is a little relieved that Halloween is over, because now she can commence wearing those shoes 24/7, possibly even to bed.

scampering
And those shoes served her well.  Ellie was a trick-or-treating machine, dashing from house to house in the clear, cold night as poor Jimmy lagged constantly behind, his aluminum thighs rubbing together. He nearly lost heart midway, but was revived by an application from our handy oil can, and by "oil can" I mean fun-size bag of M&M's. At one point in the homestretch, he grew so weary that he abandoned his loot in a driveway, and we didn't notice until the next house.

It's hard to run in dryer vents, FYI
But Ellie, like a good Soviet dictator, did her best to keep him lined out. She yalped and bellowed for him at every doorstep, waiting to ring the doorbell until he was next to her, bag open and at the ready position. "Get UP here, JIMMY!" she heckled again and again.  And at one particularly festive house, when her little brother stopped too long to squeal and flap and exclaim over the seven jack o'lanterns, Ellie barked, "Jimmy! THIS IS NO TIME TO FREAK OUT!"

Two hours that felt about like this...
Which is, of course, our new family motto.  Happy Halloween, comrades!

29 comments:

smalltownmom said...

Best costumes of the year!

ShackelMom said...

USSR and Cuba! Priceless! I love the way you write! Great costumes too!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

It would bad time indeed to freak out when candy is about to be had.

They are beautiful.

Renovation Therapy said...

OMG! So cute.

amanda said...

DEAD. FROM. CUTENESS. thank you for this post!

Susan said...

Awesome costumes!

Stopping by from CherryTreeLane - you did a great job on her site!

planetnomad said...

Ah yes, the bossy eldest ;) Tell her to enjoy it; all too soon, Jimmy will rebel against her awesome lead, which is only for his own good (more candy anyone?)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the costumes. You're my hero.

Kelly said...

Best Halloween entry, EVER. Tears on my keyboard, seriously

Lori said...

I love the costumes! I plan to borrow the catch phrase for work if I may...

Chris said...

They're adorable, and you're a classy crafter!

J. said...

There's no place like BeanPaste. There's no place like BeanPaste. There's no place like BeanPaste. (And all I had to do was click my mouse three times. ;-)

Kammie said...

At one point, I do believe you were the USSR to Croptop Dickie's Cuba.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Halloween the way it should be done.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I am missing my little kids from Halloween's Past. Your babies are too dear.

Kizz said...

Can't stop to comment, I have to go make no sew tutus for everyone I know!

Magpie said...

Or as my husband once said, "fucking glitter".

They are great costumes.

Stu said...

The Cuba reference is great.

Wonderful costumes.

-Stu

The Green Stone Woman said...

Wonderful. Absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

Soooo adorable. The kids and the costumes!

Good luck with the glitter situation! We've experienced that here thanks to prom. It didn't help that she tried the dress on ten times in the weeks before the big event.

Life As I Know It said...

wow - great costume making!! Love the tin man!

dkuroiwa said...

This had me laughing out loud and my boys oohing and ewwwing (sorry...it was the pink and fluff and stuff that got that!! boys!).
I think, had my kids said "tin man", i would have freaked a bit...good thinking skills you got there mom!!
and really...a good Nan and Target...what every kid (and his/her mom) needs in their life!!

melissa said...

Love the costumage! Nice work. :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

"He's Cuba to her Soviet Union."

I am busting a gut over here.

6p00d8357dedec69e2 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these costumes - adorable!!

Lisa said...

That is exactly how Halloween was with my brother and I. As we got older it was usually me, my best friend, and our two younger brothers. We'd drag them along- sometimes literally, until they would get "tired" ('cause who really gets too tired to Trick or Treat?), then they would sit in the car with a mom and us girls would continue on, until said mom had enough and took us home. The best part? Candy swapping with him. No more crappy Mounds for me!

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Anonymous said...

My Ellie is going to be Glinda this year. We are in the process of making the dress. Do you have the crown still? I would buy it from you. kdwilliamson222@yahoo.com

Devon K said...

You are a life saver! I was just going to start measuring my daughter to draw up a pattern for a fluffy tulle skirted dress! This is brilliant! Do you by chance remember the amounts of each color tulle you used? Thanks!

Elizabeth C said...

Do you know what website you purchased the crown and wand from? I'm struggling to find them separate from the costume!