Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays so it was only fitting that we combined the two last year for Halloween. I tend to go a bit overboard on halloween decor around here and spend the month of October making our costumes. I love that part of the month. I am not the best seamstress in the world but I try and I have a blast creating them, so thats what counts right? I make countless trips to the thrift store and craft store to get everything we need for our costumes while trying to stay within our tighter budget. We go a few places dressed up and we also have our own Family Halloween party where I make a bunch of yummy treats and we party the night away, so we take as many chances to wear our costumes as we can.
We decided as a family (minus our 8 year old who absolutely refuses to claim us as his family on Halloween) to dress up as characters from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We throw a bunch of ideas around before settling on one every year and this year was no different, but when we settled on our theme I knew exactly what we should do. I present, The Grinch, The Mayor of Whoville, Reindeer Max, a Christmas Tree, Cindy Lou Who, and Betty Lou Who.
The kids participated in a costume contest and my oldest The Mayor of Whoville won. My middle boy was so angry at me for the presents under the tree around his legs because it made it impossible for him to run, so we ended up ripping them off at the end of the night. My 8 year old was a storm trooper, I tried to get him to wear a Christmas tie, or sweater to kind of tie in with our family but he refused. I guess we embarrass him a little too much.
My cutest little man made the most adorable baby Max dog/reindeer and my husband was a trooper for dressing up as the Grinch in the still hot Alabama Fall.
For Max I just bought a Dog Costume from Walmart and created an antler out of lots and lots of wire, hot glue and felt. It took forever to get it the right shape, and then it wouldn’t stand up straight. Lets just say that in the process of using a whole bag of glue sticks to get that darn thing to stand up straight I altered the finger prints on 3 separate fingers. Now Im no longer correct in the system…. can ones finger prints even be in the system if they have never committed a crime? Who knows, but if they are intact in the system, that system ain’t right anymore. Muahahahaha!!! (thats my evil laugh, in case you were wondering.)
I mean how cute is our little man? I could just eat him up, kind of like he is eating his Dads costume….. I was pulling fur from his mouth for days.
We got a green body suit and I added dyed fabric (I couldnt for the life of me find furry green fabric. but it worked out anyway, the dye didnt work as well in some areas, making the Grinch look more ragged) to the legs and the head. I covered wire in some more of the fabric and added it to his hands to make his fingers look longer. We added a “privacy” flap to the front and back to make my hubby feel a little bit better about stuffing his body into a stretchy suit… I may or may not have laughed hysterically when he put it on the first time. I got a hat from Hobby Lobby and found the Santa coat at Goodwill and just added a large white furry piece to the front to make it bigger. We used one of my stretchy white belts for his belt and I made up his face using Green face paint and my SeneGence make up to draw the lines on his face to make it look a bit more authentic. I took some of the leftover fabric from my daughters costume to make some bootie covers for his shoes. I chuckled every time I saw him and was grateful for what a great spot he is about my wacky costume ideas. However I will say that he came up with the idea this time and said his whole like he wanted to be Santa Grinch…. so there you go, Im making dreams come true over here people, take a number and get in line.
My oldest son is the best. He goes along with all my whacky ideas and cracks me up in the process. When we were deciding on who was going to be who he took very little convincing to be the Mayor of Whoville. Once I presented him with my idea and showed him some pictures he was n board. I bought some gag eyebrows online and colored them in black. I found the gold bow tie are Hobby Lobby and bought the fabric for his cape, ribbons and sashes there as well. I found a red silky shirt at Goodwill and he used one of this old suits to complete the ensemble. I drew black dots on the white fur with a permanent marker. In case you decide to do this just know that when you are done your marker will have sacrificed its life for the benefit of Halloween and this particular costume. May it rest in Peace, it lived a good life and will be remembered always.
I sewed the fur onto some cheap velvety green table cloth fabric and sewed up the red silky fabric to make his sash. I took a bunch of gold buttons and cheap star shaped plastic Christmas ornaments and glued then to ribbons to make his awards and the brooch for his cape. The Mayor of Whoville is kind of vain so he needed lots of medals. He probably will make up a story about where they came from if you asked him…. a true narcissist, thankfully this particular Mayor isn’t as bad.
I took his longer hair on top (thank goodness for those Bama boys haircuts) and used a tiny curling iron to curl 4 rounds of hair onto of his head. Afterwards we sprayed it with gray Halloween paint, used my SeneGence smudge proof, budge proof make up again to add the eyelashes, cutie pie Who nose and rosey cheeks. Im telling you this kids a saint.
My little Princess was excited to be Cindy Lou Who. Here middle name is Lorrayne and we have called her Aowee Lou Who since she was born (thats a Christmas baby for yah) so she was in heaven getting to dress up as a Who.
I found her red dress at Goodwill and I made her cape out of Red Velvet fabric and the rest of the white fur to top it off. She found some white gloves she wanted to wear, but they didnt last long. I used red wired Christmas bows in her hair after I braided them with wire in them so I could bend them into circles. She had 8 circles on her head with bows and she was none too happy to sit for that long to have them done and really wasn’t happy when it came time to take them out, but she endured and loved the results. We used a cute Christmas bow she has had since she was born in her hair and a Christmas Ribbon as her belt. I used my make up again to turn her into a who and she was in seventh heaven that I put red lipstick on her. The things that can make a little girls day I tell yah.
How cute are they?
My little tree was a bit angry at me because he felt constricted so he wouldn’t stay for hardly any pictures. I made his costume using green felt, I hot glued a bunch of wires into each point to make the “branches” stand out…. again finger prints. and then I hot glued on a ton of little Christmas tree ornaments. He got to pick the ornaments and decide which ones went were. We painted his face with the same paint as the Grinch. I added the presents at the bottom but they only lasted until shortly after this picture was taken. He worn brown shows and pants for the tree base. I thought he was pretty cute, but he hated being “stuck” in the costume. This year he is adamant that he wants to be a certain thing and won’t budge from it. I guess last year did him in….. after all he is practically a man now, a whole 7 years old.
I didnt end up with any pictures of me except the top one and this one. My hair was so tall (wired a medicine bottle in the middle and sprayed the heck out of it with some hair spray). A few kirtrillion bobbie pins, wire and Christmas picks later and voila….. super, massively tall hair that wont fit in the car. I had to bend down really low slid in and put my hair through the sunroom so it could fit. We made a fine sight driving down the road and got quite a few looks. All in the spirit of fun of course…. whats a few looks when you can fulfill your dream of being a Who?
We have almost all decided on our costumes this year…. two separate themes (I knew the family costume thing would last long) and then 2 lone rangers. But Im super excited about what we have settled on and have already gotten to work on them.
A few of our past costumes: (Im totally bummed at myself for not documenting some of our other years.)