Wednesday, November 2, 2011

May the Force Be With Us - Happy Halloween 2011

The story behind our Halloween costumes. 
Evan and Dean made up their minds back in March that they wanted to be Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader for Halloween (7 months away).  We had been to Disneyland in February and they were enthralled with the Jedi Training Acadamy Show.  Daddy had let them watch all 6 Star Wars Movies, and they loved them.  And after the movies we had to make a run to Target for the $8.99 light sabers.  

To top things off Volkswagen came up with this commercial.

It sealed the deal! And gave us inspiration for a great Darth Vader costume.

 Here is 3 year old Dean as Darth Vader with his red light saber.  We started with black sweat pants, and a black long sleeve shirt both super inexpensive at Wal-Mart.  I made a black cape off of this on-line tutorial from Georgia Leigh.  We then studied pictures of Darth Vader and came up with armor and chest box using fux leather and pleather.  The big splurge was the Adult Size helmet/face mask.  But we figured with 3 boys it's not going to be the last Darth Vader costume. 

For Evan's Luke Skywalker, we pulled brown pants, shoes, and a Henley shirt from his closet.  I modified a pajama shirt pattern and made a tunic out of muslin, and we shopped the local thrift store for a brown leather belt.  I then followed this tutorial on how to make a Jedi Robe.  Both robe and cape were out of sweat shirt material that we bought at JoAnn's fabric store with coupons. It was the right thickness and created nice flow and kept them warm.  

 Grandma was in town so it made for a fun night!
 Grandma does lunch sack lanterns at her house for Halloween, so we thought we'd do a few, it was a cool way to great trick or treaters.
 Still being somewhat new to Halloween they got tuckered out fast, but still came home with quite a bit of candy.  We allowed 3 pieces and then put it up!

We can't forget our newest trick-or-treater.  Mummy Loves Me. He will be forever linked with Halloween since his Birthday in only a week before.

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