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Monsters, Inc. Boo Halloween Costume

Last Halloween, I decided to get crafty and make Olivia’s costume—Boo from Monsters, Inc.

Monsters Inc Boo

Now, I am no seamstress. I worked in the costume shop in college as part of my theatre minor and somehow managed to sew my own sleeve to the dress I was making. So if I could pull this off, I’m pretty sure anyone can do it.

For the most part, I followed this excellent tutorial from Tiny Iron Fists with a few adjustments. In order to get the round bowl shape for the head piece, I actually covered a lightweight plastic bowl in the fabric. Instead of just using pipe cleaners to hold up the eyes, I wrapped a section of wire clothes hanger in pipe cleaners and glued them into holes that my husband drilled in the bowl.

As I don’t own a sewing machine, I ended up hand-sewing this entire thing. I do not recommend it. What could have taken me 30 minutes on a Singer wound up taking me somewhere in the neighborhood of a week, week in a half because there’s only so much sewing I could handle per day. If you have access to a sewing machine, for the love, USE IT!

Despite this costume taking forever to complete and being much more of an undertaking than I originally planned, it was all worth it on Halloween night to see the smile on this sweet face!


Halloween Safety Tips

Be sure to share these Halloween safety tips from the Polly Klaas Foundation with your little “monsters” to help keep them safe from the real life ones.

Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Have older kids take along two or more friends trick-or-treating. If your child is 12 or younger, you or another trusted adult should go along.
  2. Remind your child to stop only at houses that are well-lit and stay in neighborhoods that are familiar.
  3. Have your child carry a flashlight.
  4. Tell your child to NEVER enter a person’s home or car for a treat.
  5. Get to know the entire route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and agree with your child on a specific time to return home.
  6. Tell your child to stay on the sidewalks and only cross the street at intersections.
  7.  Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant, allows for safe walking, is easily visible at night and does not obstruct sight. Consider putting reflective tape on your child’s costume and bag to increase visibility.
  8. Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with.
  9. If anyone bothers or approaches your child, remind them to take 3 steps back, yell “NO!” and run away quickly. Tell them to seek out a group of trick-or-treaters accompanied by an adult and tell what just happened.

Founded in 1993 in memory of 12-year-old Polly Hannah Klaas, the Polly Klaas Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children’s safety, helping to find missing children, and advocating for public policies that promote child safety and welfare.


5 Awesome Halloween Costumes for your Little Mister

I love having a little girl and all of the frilly, sparkly stuff that goes with it, but I have to admit that some of these costumes for boys are pretty darn cute. Too busy to spend hours building a homemade costume? Don’t sweat it. These costumes can be put together pretty easily, many of them using stuff you probably have around the house already!

Carl from UP

A little “Risky Business”

Strongman

Little Ewok

Mini Dwight Schrute


Pint-Sized Sexy Costumes Give New Meaning to “Trick or Treat”

My future sister-in-law, Caity, recently posted a picture on Facebook that made my jaw drop—and then made me want to go take a shower. It was of a child’s Halloween costume she came across while out shopping. The costume was called “Naughty Wizard” on the packaging. Mind you, this was a child’s costume.

Yeah, kind of makes your skin crawl doesn’t it? As if the name itself isn’t bad enough, this costume looks eerily similar to the Naughty Wizard costumes you see in the “Sexy” section of all the costume websites. Sure, why not dress your 10-year-old like one of the drunk 20-somethings you see stumbling around the bars? What could possibly go wrong?

Are you freaking kidding me?!

I thought surely this was an anomaly. No way is there some dirty black market of sexy kiddie costumes. I was wrong. These costumes were all in the Girls section of a costume website—not even Teens or Tweens, but Girls (not that Teens or Tweens would have been much better) and come as small as size 6.

My first thought was OMG, are they wearing platforms?! My second thought was, I’m pretty sure I’ve worn one of these costumes before. . . when I was 22!! 

That last one is called “Red Hot Riding Hood.” Perfect for your average 5th grader, right? I think I was a bunch of grapes at that age, complete with purple balloons and a lime green ponytail.

I haven’t even told my husband about these because he’s freaking out enough about our daughter hitting puberty as it is. . . and it’s still many, many years away.

Let’s just hope Olivia’s really into ghosts or something so we can just cover her with a sheet!