How About A Halloween Blast From The Past


The boys are all getting big now and with how busy everyone has been, we just did not get around to making those special costumes for this year and the boys are going to use their Renaissance Faire garb for the holiday.  So I thought that I would just post a few of the pictures from yesteryear just to remember why I try to find the time to do the costumes.  So here goes. . . . .

In the beginning we went store-bought.

One of my favorites is the first costume we ever got for Vash.  His favorite toy in the world when he was little was his Chicken Elmo (who wore a chicken suit and did the chicken dance).  While running through stores looking for something we finally found him a duck suit which looked more like Chicken Elmo’s chicken suit than the white chicken pajamas did, so we grabbed it.  He loved that costume so much he just walked around the house carrying it for days afterwards and even slept with it at night.

Chicken Vash and Chicken Elmo

Chicken Vash and Chicken Elmo

Markus was Superman that year and Jesse was his very favorite character at the time. . . Thomas the Tank Engine!!

Superman and Thomas the Tank Engine

Superman and Thomas the Tank Engine

The following year I was working in New York City on Halloween and Chip handled the holiday at home.  That year we had Lions and Tiggers and Thomas!!  Oh My!!  I think this was 2007

Lions and Tiggers and Thomas!  Oh My !!

Lions and Tiggers and Thomas! Oh My !!

The following year Chip made one of my all time favorite costumes EVER!! with just a box, some spray paint, some foam and some green duct tape.  He did this for Vash so he could be his very FAVORITE character in the world at the time. . . .

WALL-E

WALL-E

WALL-E

While we still bought costumes for the other two boys that year, Chip’s homemade costume was so much better than any of the other Wall-E’s we saw that it sparked the costume making bug in us.

That year Jesse finally left his Thomas behind and moved onto Superman.  Markus opted for Batman (and so the epic superhero debate would begin at a young age. . . . . )

One of these things is not like the other. . . . .

One of these things is not like the other. . . . .

I expect at this point I am missing a year – not that we don’t have pictures, just that I think they are in a box that is waiting to be sorted and put into the albums.  So we will jump ahead to 2010 which was the year that I had two pirates and a ghost.  I posted one of those pictures on the blog I posted earlier this week with LadyBug.  Chip had an entire story line built around the pirates searching for buried treasure that was being guarded by the ghost.  He even had the boys act it out while I videotaped them.

As an aside, layering cheesecloth will give you a great flow-y ghost.  Just staple it onto a foam hat to keep it in place or you will lose your eye holes.

Arrrrrgh!!  Booooooo!!

Arrrrrgh!! Booooooo!!

This is also the same year that Chip created the gaping mouth of the beast on our front steps – complete with lower tusks and a slide/tongue!!

Do you dare to walk into the mouth of the beast?

Do you dare to walk into the mouth of the beast?

2011 was the year we made our most viewed costume yet – the Orange Storm costume – which was an orange tornado and the mascot of our youth football team.  Vash just really wanted to be this and I said “sure, we can do this” – and somehow we did.  He won first prize at our local fire department costume contest for this.

The Orange Storm costume

The Orange Storm costume

Markus also had one of his best costumes this year – Harry Potter.  What made this costume so great was the fact that his friends and teachers had no idea it was him, the transformation was so complete.  We made this one too.

Our very own Harry

Our very own Harry

Who is that kid?!!

Who is that kid?!!

Jesse also picked a costume that took alot of time – this was his leopard year – which meant that he was following in our family tradition of being a leopard.  His big brother Christopher, his Uncle Ricky, his Aunt Danielle, his Aunt Liana and I had all worn leopard costumes as kids.

Jesse at his feline best

Jesse at his feline best

In 2012 Jesse left the animal world behind and took his place besides Harry as his best friend Ron Weasley.

Harry and Ron - an unbeatable pair

Harry and Ron – an unbeatable pair

Vash, of course, took his rightful place as a dementor intent upon bringing them down – or at least annoying him.

Hey - why pick on the little dementor?

Hey – why pick on the little dementor?

In 2013 the boys had moved on to The Lord of the Rings.  Markus became Legolas – and spent the year growing out his hair just so he could have the Legolas braid.

Markus as Legolas

Markus as Legolas

back view of the Legolas costume

back view of the Legolas costume

Jesse was Frodo.  Can we just say that we had moved way beyond the days of store-bought super heroes by this point.

Jesse as Frodo

Jesse as Frodo

Look at that face!!

Look at that face!!

And Vash – again – took on the role of the bane of their existence – the Witch King – the King of the Ringwraiths!!

Beware the Witch King!!

Beware the Witch King!!

Last year the boys repeated these costumes and then this year they are wearing their Renaissance Garb – which looks really really good on them.  Here are a few pictures of them taken by our dear friend Lars over the summer that shows what handsome young men they are in their garb.

Markus - as photographed by Lars

Markus – as photographed by Lars

Jesse at work at the booth

Jesse at work at the booth

Jesse

Jesse

Yeah – that one of Jesse looks like a painting.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate Lars’ gifting us with these pictures.  I wish I could take pictures like that.

I took this one of Vash

Vash working at the leather bench

Vash working at the leather bench

Luckily I had a really cute subject.

This coming year promises alot more work in the area of garb and costuming as we get ready for our coming year at Faire.  If you like to see what we make and do, please check in with us – more is coming.

Onward and Upward.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to How About A Halloween Blast From The Past

  1. Wow. I know I’ve seen all the costumes before but seeing them all in one place…just wow. You’re amazing.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Thanks Sis – it was kinda cool to see them all too. I am thinking Dwarves for next year – mainly because I need that garb for the end of the Faire season when it turns colder. I just need time. Sigh. My favorite is still the Wall-E.

  2. Barbara Antonelli says:

    What great pictures you took over the years!!! the costumes were so creative! I never got to see the one that Lars took of Jesse,,,it does look like a painting, and the one of Markus, that too I could look at all day! and our Vash, now that one is all him….I could kiss that boy all day! You have great kids Shelly!

    Grandma loves you all!

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh Shel, I’ve got tears in my eyes! I just found this in my email that hasn’t been checked in a while, and what a treat to see your boys grow from soooooo cute to amazingly handsome young men! They are so lucky to have you and Chip, and we are all lucky to have them!!!

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