Halloween is kind of a big holiday in our home. Preparation takes up alot of our time in October. Last year Chip added “The Mouth of the Beast” to our front porch staircase.
You can see the tusks – both top and bottom – and the red tongue coming out – made from an old yellow slide. The top mottled teeth were old vinyl floor tiles we picked up at the Re-Store. The black curtains were closed and the candy on the other side.
It looked better at night.
This year we are hoping to add glowing eyes that awaken by a motion detector. Every year it grows.
We also have 65 feet of walkway that leads to our front porch – which the boys (including Chip) have turned into a spooky cemetery where the dead try to dig their way out of their graves.
There are also motion detector eyes that light up as someone comes up the walkway attached to the tree and things hanging from the arbor and bats and rats and a fog machine and . . . . you get the picture.
The boys get to pick our their costumes each year and we work on creating them. Markus and Jesse were pirates last year and Vash was a ghost.
It was Markus’s second year as a pirate and Jesse’s first. I loved the orange and black material with batiked skulls that I found at the fabric store that year. We made their sashes from it.
But the best costume last year was the ghost costume.
It was nothing more than layers of cheesecloth sewn onto the top of a foam beany but it lifted and flowed beautifully as he walked – soooooo cool!!! And it was simple to make with great effect.
Of course, they all head out early to trick or treat (because they want to be home at night to see what everyone thinks of their spooky house) and last year LadyBug went to because we happened upon a ladybug costume for her and could not resist.
So it is not surprising that we have already started working on our Halloween for this year. My job is the costumes – Chip does the outside stuff. The first costume was completed today and I will post about it tomorrow for my Monday project report. It is Jesse’s and he’s pretty excited about it.
I am trying to get back on track with my blog so I hope you stop by again soon – there are lots of new things happening to tell you all about.