This year was the Halloween that almost wasn’t for us on the east coast, following the arrival of Superstorm Sandy. The D.C. area was spared the worst of it, but my thoughts and prayers go out to those in New York and my home state of New Jersey. The devastation of the Jersey Shore where I spent many childhood summers, and have vacationed with my little bugs has been particularly saddening. I know that some areas did have to cancel or postpone Halloween, so in the little blue house we were particularly lucky that we did not have to.
Always creative and imaginative, the little bugs came up with some great costumes this year. Lightning Bug decided that he wanted to be an Orca Whale- I have no idea where he got the idea, but once he had it he pretty much stuck to it. We found him an Orca Whale costume online (because really, how does one make an Orca Costume?)
The cutest killer whale you’ll ever see!
There was one house in our neighborhood that does a “Haunted House”- which is really a haunted path to the porch, but it is very fun, and very well done and the end prize is a FULL SIZE candy bar- you can hear the screams for blocks away. Lightning Bug was a bit apprehensive and torn- he kept saying – I don’t want to be scared, but… I want to go. We told him- you don’t have to go- its ok to just watch, its okay to be scared, sometimes being scared is fun, sometimes its not- you do what makes you comfortable. In the end he went- declared it was not scary at all (after shuffling hesitantly through the whole thing, and clinging to us), and was very proud of his candy bar prize.
Firefly wanted to have two costumes- he wanted to be a ninja for trick-or-treating, but decided that a ninja costume did not fit his school’s “No Violent Costumes” rule for the Halloween parade, and decided that he wanted to be a Lego Block for the parade.
An all black costume necessitated some glowing accessories so we could keep up with him during the trick-or-treat marathon
I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to go about making a lego block costume (and at first I was a bit worried that he wanted to be a Lego person- which seemed a whole lot more complicated), but after some internet research we decided on a process.
Some friends of mine collected cat food cans and we procured a box- it was a bit big, but seemed to work ok.
During a teacher work day Firefly and I got to work, and by work, I mean Firefly played computer games while I constructed his costume.
First, I taped the box together since it was flat when we got it. Then I cut holes in the top and sides for arms and head using a utility knife. I used a dinner plate and dessert plates as my outlines, and because drawing circles freehand is not a strong skill of mine.
Then we wrote LEGO on the blocks using a hot-glue gun- it took me a couple of tries, but I soon got the hang of it.
Next, we glued the cat food cans onto the box using superglue. I figured that I did not want any Halloween parade day meltdowns because of a missing can. The hot-glue gunning and superglueing were very easy and fast- quick drying items were key.
Finally came the part that Firefly had been waiting for- spray painting! We got the glossy kind from a home improvement store. I’m not sure about other states, but they carded me before I could buy it- I learned upon questioning the cashier that you have to be 18 to buy spray paint in Maryland (I’m hoping I was carded because I still look 18, but I’m thinking that it was more of an automated process). We took the box outside and went over safe spray painting procedures, and then went to town!
We only used 1 can- and it seemed to cover everything well.
Today was the Halloween parade- postponed because of Sandy and Firefly’s costume was a hit! I think it was smart to only wear it for the parade- it probably would have been a difficult costume to trick-or-treat in, but he just threw on some blue clothes and was all set!