Our Halloween holiday officially began this weekend. Do you remember when we were kids how much you would look forward to dressing up on Halloween night? Well, our kids still really look forward to it; it's just that they will have already had five other Halloween parties/functions before October 31st. That's right - we have six Halloween parties/activities this year. That's just nuts! The kids score on their very first outing, so who really even needs to go Trick-or-Treating!? Actually, it just makes me feel that much less guilty about raiding their candy bags while they are in bed or at school. Alright, alright - I don't feel one bit guilty!
We started off our busy weekend with our downtown businesses providing Trick-or-Treating, along with crafts and games on Friday night. It was very crowded but fun.
The piece de resistance - The Mad Scientist
Ross is getting old enough that he doesn't want to be something "cute" for Halloween, but we don't participate in the bloody/gory side of Halloween. He was feeling like his options were pretty limited until we saw this great homemade costume. We loved it but wanted to put our own touch on it. I got a wizard mask on ebay. It had much longer hair and a beard originally, so I gave him a trim and hot glued some of the extra on his head. I also glued spray painted swimming goggles on his face. We used a backpack with a retractable handle, a Tupperware tub lid, foam insulation, an egg shell mattress, a thick winter coat, and LOTS of ductape to build the mad scientist's body. We covered it in my sister's lab coat and pinned Ross in there. The rubber gloves are hot glued and bobby pinned to a toy bucket with the bottom and back cut out.
This bad boy won Ross a first place ribbon for Spookiest Costume in the 9-12 year old group along with the admiration of MANY people. You can't imagine all the comments we got! People were stopping us to take pictures. One lady even said, "Wait! Wait! I have to get a picture! My husband is obsessed with this costume! He's been calling me telling me to look for you and telling me which way to look to find you!" It was very funny. Ross also got on the front page of our county newspaper! You can see it here. We were very excited as his picture and a small write-up are on 1/4 of the front of the paper, as well as he's pictured again on the back page. Elizabeth was also mentioned in the paper for her award.