October 26, 2009

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

To liberally quote Maurice Sendak, the wild rumpus that is Halloween week has begun!

Last night we went trick-or-treating at the university. The college students do a great job of putting on a Halloween party for the local kids. Before I get into the details of that, I must post pics of the Where the Wild Things Are costume that I made--specifically, Max's wolf suit.

This was the labor of love from this past week. I love how it turned out, and it was a big hit with the public, both kids and adults. And especially the college students, who like to reminisce about their youth.

For the convenience of diaper changes, I used velcro around the inside of the legs, rather than a zipper or buttons up the front of back. It worked out really well.
I took one of S's fleece sleepers and made a pattern from it, which I worked from.The white fleece I used worked well, both for sewing (not having to hem it) and for keeping him warm over some light clothes.

I was going to sew some claws on the cuffs of the arms and pants, but figured he'd either trip over them or just be fussing with them. Same goes for the whiskers on the hood. I did make a crown out of mat board and tooling foil, but he didn't want to keep it on. It's a keeper though for when he gets a little older (all kids need a crown, right?).

My favorite part of the costume is the trick-or-treat bag, with Moishe's head on it.
I made it from wool felt and fake fur (which was THE worst part of this project. Let me just say there are no hand-sewn gorilla suits in my future, ever!). The face is embroidered but the bag itself is machine-sewn.
I can see using the bag for storage in his bedroom once Halloween is over. I wondered if S would like it or be afraid of it, but he loves it. He likes to laugh at it and hug it.

I would like to have made a hood like this for the costume
but came across it too late (it's from Glitz Concepts on Etsy) and ended up tracing the hood of one of his jackets. Next time...
The students put on a fun party for the kids, including games (all of which ended in a candy prize), like toss the ball through the candy corn
and a cookie decorating stationand a pick-a-duck-for-a-prize game, which was my son's favorite because of the water feature.
He also liked the pumpkin bowling, but I think it was because of the college girls he was flirting with. He's still chewing on the cookie below.
Plinko was fun too.We stayed away from the pumpkin painting area, since white costume+tempera paint=disaster.
Each floor of the dorm was decorated in a non-scary theme, like Willy Wonka land
to Candyland
to 1950s sock hop. Another dorm was decorated with an underwater theme, complete with black lights and glow sticks. We didn't make it through all 5 floors of trick-or-treating, since it was getting close to SoJo's bedtime, but we did spend some time playing in the leaves.
He loves when I throw leaves on his head in the park. Sigh. I wish we had a tree in our yard, other than the overgrown holly bush.
A pleasant time was guaranteed for all, and thus starts the first day of Halloween week.
Stay tuned!

36 comments:

  1. That candy bucket is the bomb DIGGITY man! And how CUTE if your baby??? SO stinkin cute.

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  2. You are so talented! Don't ever, ever, ever give up that costume!

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  3. TOO CUTE! I just love the whole outfit and the little bundle of job inside!

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  4. Ok, I give up. I will never be a clever or crafty as you. No sense in even attempting to be.
    That trick or treat bag is fabulous - I thought it surely was store bought!

    Sounds like you all are going to have a fun week.

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  5. Oh, that costume turned out amazingly!! Seriously, when he looks back at this, he is going to have great memories :D

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  6. OMG I love it! I might have to just copy off this for my son next year! My husband would die, this was one of his favorite books! I can't wait to show him! Beautiful work by the way!

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  7. Your trick or treat bag is awesome! Looks like you had a great time.

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  8. You are such a talent! I love the costume and really love the trick or treat bag. The college students did a wonderful job with the party.

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  9. This is amazing! So cute and convenient (velcro!).

    My mother in law made my husband a gorilla costume. I think she'd second you on the fur!

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  10. So cute! I love the large stuffed buttons down the front, and of course the Moishe carrying bag!!! Great job!

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  11. You did SUCH AN AMAZING job!!! You are SO talented! :D

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  12. I think it turned out even better than I expected! I love the big buttons and the coordinating goody bag, which is kind of macabre... a severed wild thing head!

    SoJo looks like he is going to be a halloween afficionado. What a cutie.

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  13. Oh Kathleen! You are so talented and such a wonderful mommy!

    You are all definitely having a wonderful time.

    I LOVE the suit and bucket you made. It's sellable! It should go in your store!

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  14. Oh... he just looks adorable! The costume is fabulous, what a lucky little boy he is.

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  15. Well done Kathleen! Soren looks fantastic! The Uni put on what looks to be a fabulous event for the kids. Great costume, beautiful family, loving memories. :)

    Oh, now that you have free time (I know, lol) my twins informed me (this morning) they are going to a Halloween party. I need 2 costumes for 15 year olds, there will be a costume contest. ;)

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  16. Oh, Kathleen. This post really pulled at my heartstrings. I am dying not over what you created, but of the pictures of the two of you together.

    Oh, and that trick-or-treat bag? AMAZING.

    If you haven't already, you should link this post to the carnival today. The world definitely needs to be reading more fantastic blog posts like this.

    Happy Halloween to you and yours, my friend!

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  17. Cutest costume EVER. What a labor of love. I particular love the pictures of you and he together. Is that proper grammar? Anywway, I LOVE the candy bag too. Fantastic job.

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  18. Fantastic! I love the fact that you made that for him from scratch! You did an amazing job on it! I especially love the candy bag. I wish I had that kind of talent!!

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  19. So Jealous! I have so many sewing ideas but no sewing talent! I attempted to make my daughters tink costume last year and hekd it together with velcro...but I am a MANIAC with the hot glue gun!

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  20. Very, Very, Cute! I too love the trick-or-treat bag. You are so very talented!

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  21. The costume - the bucket.. OMGness!! Excellent!

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  22. You did such a great job! This is absolutely outstanding! IN LOVE with this!

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  23. That costume is CRAZY cute. I love, LOVE it!!!

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  24. I love the costume- you did an amazing job and the treat bag is awesome! He will love that for years to come!

    (Thanks for your kind comment!)

    Anna

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  25. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!! The costume is excellent, the bag is more excellenter (it is too a word)!

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  26. Great costume and bucket...you did an awesome job!!!! Very impressive!!

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  27. Good work! You and SoJo look adorable together, and his costume makes me want to hug him. I love it!

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  28. that is the cutest costume ever...great job!

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  29. he looks so cute!! what a great costume

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  30. oh my gosh toooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so talented

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  31. That is incredible Kathleen, you did a stellar job!
    Great pictures too!
    That treat bag is unbelievable!

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  32. THAT is sooooo stinking cute!!!

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  33. SOOOO great! Good job! I'm digging your boots too!

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  34. What a FANTASTIC Halloween costume!! Kudos to you - it turned out great!

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  35. OMG, you are just too creative! I love the costume!

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  36. oh my gosh how cute!!! You did a fantastic job.

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