This year for Halloween, both boys picked out their costumes. It was also the first time in two years that they didn’t dress in a related theme, and of course they both wanted to be something that I had to make. But I got it done, with lots of help from Kenny and Grandma.
Riley chose to be a purple Anacondrai snake from Ninjago. I found a hooded cape on Etsy that we modeled his costume after, and I have to say I’m really happy with how it turned out. We used a purple cotton material for the cape and created diamond-shaped patches for the scales. Those were made out of a really cool green lizard-like material and black felt. Then we used more felt for the eyes, tongue, and fangs. Riley was really excited to wear the cape, and he looked great.
Rory dressed up as Pete the Cat, and he looked so cute. I found a royal blue shirt and royal blue pants fairly easily, and I bought a pair of plain white shoes that I painted (one red, one blue). I decided I didn’t want to paint his face, and after a lot of searching, I finally found a royal blue knit hat for him to wear. Then I used felt to create Pete’s face, which Kenny stitched onto the hat. It turned out pretty well, too, and Rory kept the hat on for two full nights with no complaints.
Our first Halloween event was Boo Bash at the boys’ school on Friday night. We shared a space with Dana’s and Diana’s families again and had a great time. Rory went trick-or-treating three times around the parking lot and got tons of candy, and we barely saw Riley all night long. Oh, and Alcee won second place in the costume contest for grades PK-K!
Kate had her school Halloween party the same night. She dressed up as a water fairy.
When we got to Nola and Nopsi’s house for dinner the night before Halloween, we were greeted with a spooky surprise. And Nopsi even incorporated some Halloween fun into our dinner!
Then on Halloween night, we stopped by Nola and Nopsi’s (where the boys took a really silly series of pictures together) and then went to a party at Ashley and Greg’s new house. After the yucky weather last year, it was really nice to get back to our tradition of all hanging together on Halloween.
And what a difference six years makes, huh? In 2010, Riley was only two months old, and Rory, Hayden, and Emory weren’t even on our radar. What a great group of kids this is.
Lakeview was a great area to trick-or-treat in. Lots of the houses had really cool decorations and many of the homeowners were sitting on their front porches waiting to hand out candy. We had a great time.
We had so much fun and stayed up way too late.
Another successful Halloween in the books!