Halloweek

Nov. 3rd, 2014 03:29 pm
kittytoes: (trece)
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Halloween!

We had a wonderful Halloween. It's always such a whirlwind, trying to make all of the things and doo all ofthe things and watch all of the movies. I think I was much more relaxed this year, but this past week did get nutty. I was sort of terrible at managing all of my pre party time, but the important things got done. Like the boys' costumes!

โœจDoctor Who โœจ #tobyisalwaysincostume #doctorwho #Halloweencostume

Toby's was the 10th Doctor! Everything was store-bought so that was easy. (He's already worn the heck out of that suit) I made him a Tardis trick-or-treat box becuase I had a really hard time not making him anything.) I found the idea online but theirs used rigid felt which my craft store was all out of, so I covered a small box with layers of regular felt inside and out instead. I wanted it to be sturdy because they always get a serious haul and I'm sure he's going to want to keep it after Halloween. I'm happy to report it totally held up! It may have helped some people ID him too, even though he did get a few "are you Harry Potter?" questions. He wanted me to cut his hair to look more like David Tennant's and was so happy with it being "up" all day that he wanted it styled again on Saturday. He's gonna be an insufferable teenager.

๐Ÿ’€skeleton Knight๐Ÿ’€ @ninjachicken03

#doctorwho #skeleton #skeletonknightgideon #Halloweencostume

Gideon's was a skeleton knight!  It was totally his idea, and I left the construction up to him and Mat. We started with a store-bought costume and Mat built fun foam armor to wear over it. Gideon had the idea to make it look like he had been run through with a sword, so we cut one of their old toy foam swords in half and attached it in the front and the back. After everything was put together, shaped with heat and fitted, Mat sealed the foam with white glue and water and then used rub n' buff to give it a metallic shine. I used acrylic paint to age and rust everything and I added blood splatters and drips to the sword. Finally, we aged the actual costume with the airbrush on the "chain mail" parts and I tore and painted the hem to look like mud and blood splatters. We bought skeleton gloves which I had to take in to fit properly and then I painted them too.

I finally caved and bought a good set of face paints and had the wherewithal to try them out for the first time the *night before* Halloween. I learned a LOT about using them and I'm so glad I did it, because we had to get up at 5 the next morning and do it again for school. I used Wolfe paints with a sealer on top and I was totally impressed with how well it wore -- he made it through the entire day of school PLUS trick or treating without touch ups! Really impressive. He actually had a skull half mask that looked great on, but he couldn't wear it to school and his make up help up so well, we didn't use it for trick or treating. This was the first year he had friends who opted to not dress up and he was a bit disappointed with the too cool for Halloween energy, but he was happy with his costume and all he got a lot of great compliments. We went trick or treating with his 2 besties (one now attends a different school) that were totally dressed up all day and are just as goofy as he is and that helped a ton.

Trick or treating was fun! I never know why parents don't want to go, we always have such a great night. Our neighborhood is pretty amazing on Halloween. Most people sit outside to hand out candy and within 20 minutes, they usually have overflowing bags. There's a yearly block party nearby that everyone winds up at and a lot of adults get dressed up. I was a last minute Bride with pleated leggings, my grey biker jacket, and a silver spray streaked updo. Mat wore a mask and cloak and we went with a friend who was an amazing No Face from Spirited Away. He even had chocolate coins he handed out -- he stayed quiet and freaked a LOT of people out.

If you need us, call Mat's phone ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ’€๐ŸŒš๐Ÿ‘ป Friends

 ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿซ



14 years ago, I wanted someone to go with me to see Type O Negative on Halloween at the TLA so I asked my coworker from the Zoo. I have not celebrated Halloween without him or a costume since. ๐ŸŽƒ

This Halloween was also the 14th anniversary of our first date. We didn't do much beyond late night horror movie wtaching (Trick R Treat!), but that was perfect.

Our Dia de los Muertos party was supposed to be Saturday night, but thanks to rain and temps in the 40s, we postponed to All Soul's Day on Sunday. We spent Saturday night painting paper mache skulls and not much else, because Sunday was still a bit of a scramble. It was cold again, but it was dry and our friends turned up decked out as always. We had pan de muerto, churros and assorted pastries from a local Mexican bakery, and I made a crock pot full of buffalo chicken chili. We also had hot chocolate, apple cider, beer, wine, and friends brought more food and snacks. We had papel picado from a local gallery (it is so beautiful I do not want to take it down!) and made paper flowers and an altar. I avoided a huge fail when I ran out of time to make the royal icing for decorating the sugar skulls, but found enough writing icing for cake decorating and sprinkles in the cabinet to set out and everyone had fun decorating. I am amazed at how beautifully a lot of them turned out.

I have the absolute best friends. We postponed because of rain and despite a chilly Sunday night, they came to our Dia de los Muertos party looking fantastic ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’€๐ŸŒน

#diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead

#diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead

#diadelosmuertos

I also wish I had more time for my own makeup, but I guess that's always true. I promise myself every year that I will prioritize my own costume for the party, but it never really happens. Next year. We've already decided on a theme! Myths, monsters and legends. :)

I hope everyone had a cozy and fun Halloween that was at least a little bit spooky and magical. Oh! And both of my Blythe dolls sold! I am thrilled about that. I am excited about what's next.

Date: 2014-11-03 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleodswean.livejournal.com
Oh, this post!!!!!!!!!!! So much Hallowed Eve goodness. You two should be outrageously pleased and proud. What a fantabulous weekend! And how much cooler is it that your Day of the Dead festivities got to take place on All Soul's Day after all???? You are flexible, m'dear, and this is one of your shining star traits. Do not be secretly hard on yourself. For any reason.

That tardis is just perfect! He looks fabo and the hair!!! Gid is a thing to behold. What a masterpiece of a costume. The sword is simply inspired!

The candy pic is classic. :)

That party!!! One day I will fly out there on the DL and show up costumed and surprise you! I wish I had been there with the big camera to capture all the Muertos goodness! Everyone looks wonderful! Fun times.

You. XO!

Date: 2014-11-03 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleodswean.livejournal.com
Also.....is there an old LJ entry about that fated Halloween 14 years ago? I would LOVE to hear that story!!!

Date: 2014-11-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittytoes.livejournal.com
I don't think there is! But thank you for the prompt, I went back and tagged Halloween and our Halloween party posts and that was a fun trip. (I am furious with myself for not sharing the 2010 party here. Why past self? WHY?? (It's on Flickr.))

I'll have to tell the story when I have the time to do it properly. ;)

Date: 2014-11-04 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittytoes.livejournal.com
I am pleased and proud. Thanks! I guess we all have the coulda woulda shoulda moments, but I was painting myself and (early! unannounced!) guests arrived and slipped into a blind panic. Mat is always a calm spot and just got all of the last minute stuff done while I contemplated locking myself in the bathroom for another hour, ha. I just had to call it.

I need you to do that! I hoped to attempt real pics, but it was just too much to contemplate at that point because I am sort of worthless with the real camera without full light. As it was, I was happy Mat's iPhone was newer than mine and better in the dark.

Date: 2014-11-05 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pumabaerchen.livejournal.com
Ohhh how cool :)
I wish Halloween was as big here as it is in the US.
The costumes all look amazing! ^-^

Date: 2014-11-07 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittytoes.livejournal.com
Thanks! Halloween is so much fun, I like that it is a holiday which does not involve gift giving or required family visits! ;)

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