After I was in such a rush to get my Halloween costume done last year, I decided then and there that I would be better about it this year. I went online and decided what I wanted to be: Cookie Monster. I even bought the first part of my costume on Black Friday.
In early October my fabulous friends announced that they were throwing a costume party again this year (I won best costume at their party a few years ago). That was my jump start to finish my costume and not just think about it. Online I saw a great headband – allowing me to go as minimalist cookie monster. The reviews of that headband said it fell apart easily. I could make better than that! Famous last words, but at least in this case it worked out. First step buy fake blue fur, check. Second step, buy a headband, check. These steps occurred early October. Third step, buy white round objects and some felt for pupils, check. (These happened the Tuesday before Halloween – thank goodness for deadlines!)
While I was at the store, I was sure I had glue at home. I discovered I was wrong Wednesday night when I went to assemble everything.
So the day before Halloween I went to a big box retailer to buy a glue gun. They were sold out. I had to go back to the craft store where I was Tuesday. I stood in line with 50 new friends to buy my $2 glue gun and 40 glue sticks since that was the only package they had left. I was a woman on a Cookie Monster mission!
After only burning myself a couple times with hot glue – they aren’t kidding with the “hot” in its name – I had a headband with fur and Cookie Monster eyes.
I wasn’t pleased with the overall look of my costume, though. I was missing something. I’d bought a lot fur (a whole yard) thinking I might make shoe covers to give myself monster feet, and I decided to move forward with the plan. I took some newspaper and traced around the top of my foot to create a pattern. (Project Runway is rubbing off on me!) Carmen helped me.
I figured I’d hold them on to the top of my feet with yarn tied under my tennis shoe. Initially I thought I’d use yarn to lace up the back as well, but then I found some stick on velcro in my craft bag. Score! What I ended up with was a no-sew monster shoe cover.
That made me so happy. My costume was almost complete. I made some cookies (vegan in honor of our hosts), and I was ready to go.
I love that everyone knew who I was, even the international guests.
I don’t have my idea for next year ready, but I’ve started looking around. Maybe this time I won’t be working to deadline again.
What is your favorite costume that you have made? or Were any of my readers still preparing for Halloween the night before?