Remember how I spent nearly a week carefully crafting an intricate, homemade costume for Kendall last Halloween?
Well, I was having none of that shit this year.
We settled on a How To Train Your Dragon theme for the whole family after the 2nd movie came out. Miraculously, the only thing that ever changed from the original, family agreement was that Leyna wanted to be Toothless (a dragon) instead of Astrid (a girl viking).
Toothless, according to Leyna, is her “favorite princess.”
So the new and final plan was…
Kendall as Hiccup, Leyna as Toothless, Scott as Stoic, Lowell as a sheep (real fans will totally understand how this fits), and me as… well, some kind of viking type.
Don’t go thinking I stabbed myself with a seam ripper trying to make that dragon costume. I ordered it from Etsy, and that’s the only reason why it wasn’t made in China.
I know I could have probably made Lowell’s sheep fairly easily, but why? This one was way cuter than anything I could have made with hot glue and cotton balls.
Now, I did think I could throw together a pretty nice looking Hiccup on my own. But when I showed Kendall my ideas for his costume, he started to ask me where all the details were that I missed. Like the artificial leg. So, THANK YOU, CHINA. And Amazon Prime.
He was equally excited about this 100% purchased costume this year as he was about the 100% homemade one last year. I can’t quite figure out if that means I’m winning or losing at the Halloween portion of the Parenthood Games.
Either way, I’m pretty sure it means kids are easier to please than we think.
While I’d like to say Halloween prep was 100% laid back and store bought for me, I did break my back a little over this pretty epic beard for Scott. Unlike the children, he was pretty dead-set on having this custom creation. I think he’s still jealous of Lowell’s great beard-o-yarn from last year (click through only if you are prepared to actually die from the cute).
I can’t take one ounce of credit for the creativity behind it, though. I found a great beard tutorial on Instructables. The rest of the details of our “business casual” viking costumes came together with a faux fur throw from Target, a yard of faux fur from the craft store, and some leather scraps & strips. And a viking hat and hammer made in China. Obviously.
My little sister made it in for her first Halloween in suburbia, which I think is as scary as it gets for a young, city-dweller with no kids.
She also helped me and Lowell with front porch candy duty. Where she captured this. My finest motherhood moment. (But please don’t freak out on me as People Of The Internet tend to do because, you guys, I don’t even think it was touching actual beer.)
Scott also learned that kids are easier to please than you think when nearly every trick or treater was OBSESSED with one pumpkin and one pumpkin only.
Minecraft! So cool!
Is. That. A. CREEPER??? OMG!!!
For those of you not trapped in the grasp of Minecraft (yet), it’s the one on the right. Yeah, the one that is LITERALLY just squares. Just straight lines.
So that was Halloween for us. I’m thrilled we pulled off the family costume theme thing. And now we have a viking beard for all the random times in life when we might need one.
And there WILL be times when we will need it again. I will be sure of it.