This is what the boys wanted to be for Halloween this year:
They love the Lego Ninjago guys and each wanted to be one of the characters. (Weston didn't really have a choice. The boys decided for him. I think he likes acting like a ninja, but didn't want to wear the mask or symbol. He probably would have preferred to be a dinosaur...) Each of the characters have a color, name, and symbol. I had high hopes of finding costumes on-line for cheap, but really was only finding costumes for $15-25 each. I'm not spending $100 on costumes! I next attempted to find solid colored pj's or sweatsuits, but didn't have much luck. They were still going to cost about $12-15 each and I would still have to do the accessories. I even looked at the thrift stores, but no luck. Okay... that left one option. Make them. Fabric is still expensive too, but I found colored sheets at the thrift store. Next problem: I had never sewn pants or shirts before. But the on-line resources are great! I found step-by-step tutorials. The one site I ended up using was http://www.danamadeit.com/tutorials. She has tutorials for lots of kids clothes and some printable patterns as well. I needed bigger sizes than her patterns. Her suggestion was to take some clothes they already have, turn them inside out, and trace a pattern from it. I thought I could at least put together something suitable for a costume. They definitely look homemade, but they're good enough for the boys. And they only ended up being about $6 each.
We got invited to a halloween party this past weekend. They had some fun games and lots of yummy food - loved the mummy dogs and ice cream eyeballs. Nathan is trying to eat a donut off a string without it falling off.
I decided to make some last minute attire, a knock off version of what you can buy on-line (again for much more than I wanted to spend). I attempted to do my own. The glow-in-the-dark paint faded quite a bit when it dried. Probably should have done white paint and then some glow-in-the-dark on top of that... but I think you can still tell what it's supposed to be. :)