Today is another entry from the non-blogging year to catch up. As you may know, if you follow this blog, we spend a lot of time in making the boys’ costumes for Halloween. This past year was no exception. With the release of the Hobbit, the boys renewed their interests in all things Tolkien and marathon viewings of the entire Lord of the Rings series of movies started occuring, resulting in a Halloween theme of Lord of the Rings.
Markus started growing his hair out for Legolas on the first day of November in 2012 to be ready for this year. No more bangs. He succeeded in getting it long enough for the Legolas braid down the back.
We also spent a lot of time working on his jerkin. It still is not completed – I have to work on how to inset the wrap around sleeves and add the metallic design work – but it was functional for this year and we will keep working on the design.
Chip made the bracers for him . . . .
and the quiver.
We did shortcut some of the costume – using a light blue long-sleeved t-shirt instead of the blue silk shirt he wears. I am trying to control my costume making and remind myself that it is only worn for 3 hours at most – since their school does not allow the older kids to wear costumes to school – and I have to stop knocking myself out with these costumes. Still . .. . .
Jesse was Frodo – Chip even took a gold picture hanger and bent it into a ring for him to wear.
The transformation in Jesse was crazy when we added the wig. This wig is not only a very handy costume accessory, it is downright transformative when your boys have long blonde hair.
We used the same fabric that we used in Markus’s costume for Jesse’s pants and found a stretch velvet for the cape as the elven fabric was supposed to change in the light.
We did not forget the furry feet – attached with an elastic across the bottom of his foot – though it looks like we attached it to the sandal. It was just too cold for him to walk barefoot that day so we made do.
Finally we have the Ringwraith – and not any Ringwraith – the Witch King who is the chief Ringwraith.
This was the easiest costume for me, since Vash was a Dementor from Harry Potter the year before, and the hardest for Chip since Chip had to make the helmet. LOVE the helmet!! So did Vash, though we had to pack his head with fabric because it was a little loose on him. I think Chip was kind of amazed when I told him to paint our wooden claymore black. He kept asking me if I was sure and I kept telling him yes. He had to have a big black sword. And one must sacrifice to stay true to the character.
So that is our 2013 Halloween costumes. Markus wants to continue as Legolas for this coming year. I will figure out the sleeve wraps this summer and be ready for the fall. We told Vash that he could pick anything he wanted but we had to be able to see his face. The last three years he was a ghost, a dementor and a ringwraith and we never saw more than his eyes.
He said he wants to be a beagle. Oh my.
Hope you liked the costumes.
Have a great Tuesday.