We usually attend the Halloween festivities in San Francisco’s Japantown- it’s very family friendly, all the activities are free, and we usually run into friends there. Today started out very rainy but the weather cleared up just in time.
The kids chose different outfits today- the Wee Boy was a pirate (cobbled together from things we had around the house), and the Girl was Kiki from the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. I made the dress and cat (Jiji) for her four years ago, but they’re still serviceable! I wore my Dalek outfit again.
It was super sunny and bright after the rain!
This is exactly why I don’t mind spending the time to make our costumes; they still get so much love ❤️ even years later.
Yesterday was our first Halloween event, a carnival at the Girl’s school. I dressed in a school uniform, which went over really well with kids and adults alike. There were many double-takes, and many of the smaller kids who I hadn’t met yet thought I was one of the big kids. 😂
I only managed one goofy selfie.
Today was the Halloween party at the Wee Boy’s school, where my Dalek costume made its debut.
The Wee Boy was the Fourth Doctor from Dr Who, and the Girl is Rey from The Force Awakens. Most people thought I was a ladybug, but a handful of parents recognized Tom Baker and a Dalek.
I plan to do a post soon about how I put my costume together- with ideas I would have found useful.
Finally, Halloween is here! The kids and I wore our Star Wars outfits, of course.
this was taken yesterday, but we looked exactly like this today, but didn’t take a pic together!
Today we attended a very excellent Halloween party hosted by an elementary school classmate and family. There was BRAIN jello, which was extremely popular with the kids. And adorable (delicious) spider cupcakes!
Most of the moms dressed up, which I loved, of course.
How amazing is this makeup?!
The kids looked great and had so much fun.
The Wee Boy met many Vaders!
We went trick or treating on Belvedere Street, which becomes pedestrian-only and most of the houses put on a great show!
This house always has a (movie) theme and puts dancers in costume in the windows. This year’s theme was Hotel Trannsylvania, and they made a paper mache dracula head- amazing!
I met two other Han Solos, and one was another female Han! I loved that the husband was Leia and the baby girl was Luke.
One of the fun things about having kids is the number of Halloween-related events, well, assuming you like Halloween and costumes as much as I do! Today was our first event of many, and we were excited to debut our new, or in Leia’s case, slightly improved, duds.
I got carried away with adding more and more details- I was actually sewing things onto my outfit in the car to and from the Wee Girl’s soccer game this afternoon.
an important detail
The Boy’s costume is all DIY/regular clothes except for the mask and light saber, which I bought.
The Wee Girl’s outfit is from 2 years ago, but she insisted on being Leia again. But this time around I bought her some new boots.
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I thrifted/up cycled/made the entire outfit, and was working on details up to an hour before our event.
I came up with more details for the belt this morning. Hot glue gun to the rescue!
We met an Ewok at the party!
Darth Leia on the way home.
We have a Star Wars event tomorrow, so we’re excited to wear our outfits again and to see what getups others come up with!
Thanks to some sage advice from a reader of this blog, I revisited the pleather I was working on the other night. I had given up on the sewing machine in favor of the hot glue gun, but the result was mediocre at best. I undid a lot of the work and went back with needle and thread.
Of course this was the way to go! It took several hours, and I wouldn’t have been able to finish if the Wee Boy hadn’t taken a fluke nap (big fluke! He fell asleep in my arms!). At the risk of giving away too much information (I haven’t told you my costume, right? But if you know me even a tiny bit, I bet you’ve guessed!), here’s my result:
I think I’ll add just a few more details, but I’m very happy with it! It fits well and it’s even comfortable–I wore it all through dinner (hmmm, did I just prove what a geek I am??), and it didn’t shift or break, so I think I have a winner! Yeah!
It’s no secret that I like costumes, making costumes, and any reason to wear costumes! This year, both kids have decided on costumes from the same theme, so I decided to join in and dress up as a character I’ve been wanting to cosplay for some time. I bet you can guess our theme/characters, even though these pics only represent 2/3 of us.
For myself and the Wee Boy, this is about what I have so far (my outfit is actually nearly done, but not attractive to photograph in pieces). I’ve been scouting Goodwill stores for the pieces, since a) don’t want it to cost too much, and b) want them to last, since we will be using these outfits for more than just Halloween!