Because I feel the need to brag, I have decided to post something.
I know. I'm filled with humility.
I have probably talked before about how when I grew up my mom didn't usually help with Halloween costumes. You were on your own. Not because she didn't want to, but because she had nine kids...
Basically, it has lead me to believe that the very best costumes are the ones that come from the bowels of your imagination. Pieced together with duct tape and elastic. Yes, the homemade ones.
This year, I did have one child elect to use a costume we already had on hand (that we were given about 4 years ago and which FINALLY fit).
I present Anna as Mulan.
And yes, she's wearing makeup. In keeping with the tradition that my mother allowed, my girls are permitted to wear makeup one day per year: Halloween.
Lucas's costume was an easy recycle from a couple of years ago. Totoro.
The only instruction I gave Abbie on choosing a Halloween costume this year was to encourage her to choose a literary character. Having just read both Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie, she immediately selected Laura Ingalls.
Miles wore an entire 14 piece ensemble that I spent a really long time agonizing over and working on. I sewed him a vest and gun holster (of my Dad's design). We borrowed chaps, boots and a gun. He also had a hat (not pictured because it was in the back of Matt's car who wasn't home from work when these pictures were taken).
And finally, my crowning glory. Libby as Octopus. Wait, you're on Pinterest, right? If so, follow me!
At any rate, I found this costume idea from a link on Pinterest.
I must admit, I think my execution is better. Also, their octopus has 10 legs.