by Hannah Keeley
Halloween doesn’t bring spooks and goblins around here. Instead, it’s a glorious mess of staples, hot glue, scissors, paint, face makeup, and any other odds and ends that can be constructed into a costume. For the entire month, I collect bits and pieces from thrift stores and home improvement warehouses to create my kids’ costumes. But then, all the tension comes to a head around 3pm on October 31st when we all run around the house making our costumes and pulling together all the last-minute details.
We decided to add to the confusion and make some “Jack Skellington” cupcakes. You know, just in case I didn’t have ENOUGH work to do. This is your typical “get the kids jacked up on sugar before they get jacked up on sugar” scenario. But they were soooo cute! Sloppy, but cute!
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Kelsey decided that morning to go as an Indian princess. She got two of Blair’s white t-shirts (I still haven’t told him) and dyed them with some tea bags from the pantry. Then she fringed the bottoms of both shirts by making slits with scissors and stretching out the strips of cloth. Then she cut the opening of one t-shirt to widen the neck. For the next shirt, she cut off the sleeves and cut off the top. Then we hot glued the sleeve openings so she had a tube–I mean, a skirt. We painted the top and it turned out great!
Here she is with her brother, Kyler. She certainly looks excited! And, Kyler…well, I’m not too sure what he looks like. He was supposed to be a zombie life insurance salesman…with an afro.
Korben went as a Ghostbuster! It was so cool! Blair printed out “Ghostbusters” logos and we put them on his backpack and on a boy scout shirt that I picked up from Goodwill.
His gun was the coolest part. I picked up some white tubing from Lowe’s and we stuck it in his backpack, wrapped it around, and put the end in his gun. We then filled up the tubing with green glow sticks. You could see him coming a mile away! (which is always a good idea when you go trick or treating. It’s all about the visibility factor).
Klara wanted to be the bride of Frankenstein. She just couldn’t pull it off…way too cute. Her hair turned out great, though. I crimped it, teased it, sprayed it, and then doused it with corn starch (just another trick I learned from my mama).
By the way, check out the headphones and stickers on the floor. By the end of the evening, the house was a WRECK!
Kenna broke her three-year tradition of being a cat by moving up in the ranks and being little miss witchie-poo. Wow, doesn’t she look scary?
Katie and her friend, Jane helped out by cutting up Korben’s Ghostbusters designs.
Blair returned the favor by helping Jane with her turtle shell.
Jane was a teenage mutant ninja turtle. But we took a vote and decided her sled/paper plate shell looked more like a cluster of grapes.
Now, for Karis. He spent the afternoon sulking because I told him he couldn’t go trick-or-treating until he finished his research project.
He spent weeks getting ready for Halloween. He wanted to be Edward Scissorhands. We made the coolest hands in the world out of thin sheet metal, copper tubing, and black gloves. I also got a cheap “rocker” wig from the store and trimmed it to look like Edward Scissorhand’s hair. After cleaning out the local Goodwill of every single black belt they had, his costume was complete!
Here he is as Edward Scissorhands, or as one woman called him when he knocked on her door, “Eddie Scissor Fingers!”
Katie went as Michael Jackson…If Michael Jackson wore a woman’s fitted white shirt and had long, flowing locks of golden brown hair.
And that was how we spent those last few hours before going on our sugar pursuit! Hope you enjoyed your last day of October as much as we did. November…here we come!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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