Last year, Peach was only 2 months old for Halloween, so I dyed a onesie peach-colored, made a headband with a stem and leaves, and she “trick-or-treated” as, well, a peach! My dinosaur-obsessed Monster wore a dinosaur costume, inspired by this Etsy product (you can’t see in the photo below, but there’s a triangle tail that the spikes continue down).
I didn’t dress up because, frankly, with a 2-month-old and a 19-month-old, just getting out of the house within an hour of what we planned was a big accomplishment!
This year, however, I will not be slacking. Peach, in keeping with the peach theme, is going to be Princess Peach! Monster will be Mario (I know it’s a cop-out, since every American boy is required by law to own the blue overalls, but it goes with the theme!), and I’m going to be Bowser. Yes, you read that right. Back in May, before Radar left, the wardroom held a Nintendo 64-themed party, and rather than go as something simple, he constructed a Bowser costume! It didn’t occur to me to take tutorial photos of the construction of “Bowser,” but I can describe the parts:
Shell – The basis was a throw-away turkey roasting pan. Radar used stuffing and hot glue to create the shell, then spray-painted it green. The spikes were made from party hats spray-painted white and hot glued on.
Chest – I had some canvas from another project left over, and he just cut the oval out and drew lines across it with a Sharpie. The shell is on the heavier side, so we use safety pins to attach it to the fabric at the front of the fly on our shorts and keep it from slipping.
Head – This was the piece de resistance! I didn’t see exactly how Radar put it together (because, you know, I was keeping the kids alive), but I know he started with a baseball cap, sewed the jaw and stuffed it, and hot glued most of the features on, using pipe cleaners to give some shape to the horns and a few of the red spikes.
Princess Peach was pretty simple. I bought a little pink dress and found a teal decoration at Joann’s. I just safety pinned the decoration on so that Peach could still wear the dress after Halloween – it’s so cute! I also found an adorable crown headband on Amazon that is perfect for my little baldy. And that’s about it! She won’t put up with much accessorizing, so I tried to keep the costume simple.
Mario was also relatively easy to put together. I got a red cap and used white puffy paints to add the trademark “M.” Then I used his blue overalls (he has long ones, but the kid HATES to wear pants, so I went for Florida Mario) with a red shirt underneath. And don’t judge, but a 2-year-old won’t keep a stick-on mustache on for an evening, and face paint will smear…. so I plan to use Crayola washable marker! He might have a mustache residue for a couple of days, but he’s looked worse/crazier before haha! I opted out of the white gloves because it’s still 80 degrees out, and Monster is really sensitive with that sort of thing (see the pants comment about 4 lines up).
It’s an annual tradition for the squadrons on base to host a “haunted hangar,” where they decorate the hallway and the offices for the kids to go through, get the tar scared out of them (for the bigger kids), and trick-or-treat. It’s a blast, and we look forward to it every year! Downstairs in the actual hangar, they use the large open space for bounce houses and socializing – and dessert, in case we haven’t been sugared up enough. Participants are asked to bring a treat to share, and I found this darling idea on Pinterest last year for pretzel ghosts. I know it’s lame, but they were such a hit that I’m using it again! The combo of salty and sweet, plus easy portion control and clean-up make this treat the perfect goodie to bring to a party.
- Large pretzel rods
- 1 bag white chocolate chips
- Handful of mini milk chocolate chips
- Solo cup
- 2 tbsp butter (optional, if chocolate is too thick)
Pour the white chocolate chips into the Solo cup, and microwave until just melted – 10 seconds at a time, don’t overheat or it will seize. If your chocolate is too thick, add the butter to loosen it a little. Dip a pretzel rod in the chocolate, and lay on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Then, use 3 mini chocolate chips to create eyes and a mouth on your ghosts. Repeat as many times as you want – a bag of white chocolate goes a long way! I usually run out of cookie tray space before I run low on chocolate. As the chocolate gets lower in the cup, tip it to coat further down the pretzel sticks. When you’ve filled your cookie tray, pop it in the fridge for about 15 minutes, or until the chocolate is hard. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
So after all this prep, we were ready to enjoy our evening as a family! We had a great time, as always, and it’s super fun to make family-themed costumes while the kids are still too little to protest! (You’ll note that Monster isn’t wearing anything from his costume but the shirt – he decided to dress up as a stubborn two-year-old tonight. I’m hoping he’ll be Mario on Friday for trick-or-treating!)
And of course, I had to send Radar a grown-up Halloween care package, stuffed with Trader Joe’s goodies (they just opened up here in Jacksonville) and other adult treats.