Welcome to 2014’s Picture heavy Halloween post! I’m extra excited about this year’s costume for two reasons, I had very little to do with it and it was a real make it work project from the shopping stage!
The story Emily told me about her Cinderella goes something like this: Cinderella was on her way to the ball when she clumsily feel in front of the carriage. It ran over her and she died. Once she died, so did the magic and her pumpkin carriage blew up. She was so mad that she missed her ball, she’s turned into a zombie intent on eating her prince.
Seriously? I lol’d and we went for it! The first trouble we ran into is finding the right fabrics. We couldn’t find powder blue in cheap for the sleeves and poofs anywhere in the store. She seemed to think the off white was a good substitute so we got off white. It doesn’t match the gloves perfectly, but that’s totally OK.
Our next big problem was staining the thing. You wouldn’t even believe how resistant to stains this fabric is. I tried one of my favorite tricks – coffee staining and it didn’t come close to working. Really – it soaked in a bucket of coffee over night. When I pulled it out it was just as blue and shiny as when it was new. Dang! I wasn’t ready to give in so acrylic paint it is! Big surprise, I ended up covered in as much paint as she is!
The blood is another last minute fix. There was no blood at the store. It is totally our fault for waiting until Wednesday to get some. I went into the kitchen and put together some corn starch, water, and food coloring. I think if I had not put enough water in the bowl for 100 costumes, the blood would have looked better, but hey, it is good enough.
The pumpkin is literally the guts of the pumpkins she carved with her dad. She said – I’m a zombie, I have to smell like one! OMG does she! I swear, you can smell her coming 20 paces down the road! We don’t do it half way around here, smell and all. The dress went right to the outside trash as soon as she finished ringing doorbells!
I’m really proud of her for this one. She came up with the concept which included a story, was patient with the make it work moments, and tolerated herself when she smelled like coffee pumpkin death!
Show me your kids and their costumes! I love costumes and will look at any links you drop in the comments. 🙂