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The last minute Halloween

The children informed me weeks ago that they would like to be a polar bear (Elsie) and an arctic princess (Quinn). I’ve gotten into the habit of making the girls’ costumes for Halloween; a bad habit, frankly, because it means that I must make their costumes, and not just make them, but make them by 5:30pm on Halloween night. It’s that last pesky detail that bites you right in the…you know.

But as I mentioned above, the girls did tell me weeks ago, thereby granting me plenty of time to make the costumes. Plenty! Naturally, I got right to it around noon on October 30. I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening cursing myself for being such a contemptible slacker. “You!” I said to me. “You are pathetic! Measure! Cut! Sew! What? Did you think these costumes were going to make themselves? You did, didn’t you? I don’t even know what to say to you anymore.” Unfortunately, I did know what to say to me, and it continued on in that vein except the language got a lot more, um, colorful, let’s say.

Luckily (although also sadly) I respond to verbal self-abuse, so I sewed and sewed and sewed like I was in a sweat shop. You know, a sweat shop with DVDs to watch, fair trade coffee to drink, and a soft comfortable bed to lie down on every so often. Standard sweat shop stuff.

Elsie’s polar bear costume went pretty quickly. It’s made out of a flannel sheet that we’d worn through in spots, which was perfect for her because it was so nice and soft (obviously we didn’t use the parts of the sheet that had worn through). I made it big enough to fit over her clothes because we’d just had some snow on Saturday. In October. In Philadelphia. Whatever. So the costume is just three pieces of fabric. With a puff ball tale sewn on the back. I found the hat at babyGap so that was the one thing I didn’t make myself.

I also had some blue fleece, so I made Quinn’s dress out of that, and it turned out very well if I do say so myself. I spent more time on this because, well, it’s supposed to be a princess dress, but also, I decided that if there wasn’t a way to avoid spending a lot of time on it, I might as well make it wearable for more than just Halloween. The sparkly ribbon things come right off to make it a regular dress. The crown was also pretty cute.

Without further ado, here they are.

Halloween 2011

Majka got home a bit early, at 5pm, which was coincidentally right when I finished making their costumes, although if I’m being honest, the glittery glue on Quinn’s crown wasn’t all the way dry yet. But it would be by 5:30pm, so get off my back! I was a bit disgruntled by this time, as any sweatshop worker who’d missed their afternoon nap for two days in a row would be. And frankly, I was all Halloween-ed out. So when Majka came home, I said, “Let’s take a picture.” (See above.) Then I said, “Have fun. I’m going upstairs to watch TV and then fall asleep.”

Majka reports that the girls had a lot of fun trick or treating. They really, really get it now, and they’re brave enough and confident enough to march up to the doors by themselves and say, “Trick or treat!” and “Thank you!” and it’s all quite cute. Or so I’ve been told. I was snoring happily, all nestled in my bed with my blankie when all that was going on.


  1. Kristan wrote:

    LOL awww. Well your hard work paid off. Most adorable polar bear and arctic princess (still: whaa??) ever. And thanks to that fleece, they look so snuggly too!

    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    I still don’t understand why you don’t get what an arctic princess is LOL. “Princess” is completely arbitrary. They can be from anywhere, real or imagined, and reign over anything. There could be an acorn princess or a midnight princess or whatever. Free your mind!

    Also, they were, indeed, super snuggly. :)

    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  3. Eliza Freeman wrote:

    Utterly adorable granddaughters! Great work on the costumes too. Thanks so much for the photo – have you rationed the candy or is it all gone already? Love to you all from Grandma Eliza.

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  4. Sonja wrote:

    Thank you! They ARE adorable! :)

    They scored a massive amount of candy. I doubt even they would have wanted to eat all of it so quickly. We’ve been doling it out at about 3 pieces per day. I, on the other hand, haven’t always been so strong!

    Looking forward to seeing you on Skype tomorrow evening. :)

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink
  5. Lori wrote:

    Now seeing this picture bigger (instead of on your phone) they are truly the cutest monkeys EVER! I just want to eat them! And I want a snow princess dress, dammit. With the ribbons, too. And….maybe the crown, as well. I could pull off the crown, right? I think so. ;)

    Monday, November 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink
  6. Sonja wrote:

    You could definitely pull off the crown, Lori. No doubt in my mind!

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink