When Halloween hits one month postpartum it can be a bit rough! I was ready to forgo our normal creativity and just skip out on our favorite holiday party like a Scrooge. We had more drama this year than you could imagine! I was seriously barely even showering at this point postpartum, and pulling together costumes without being able to leave the house seemed impossible. I had almost no clothes that fit me/were nursing friendly, and I knew I had a lot to pull together without time or resources. We had one idea, and I couldn’t find the right sized costume for a newborn anywhere online. Then we had another, and I found one I thought would work (size newborn), ordered it, only to have it show up 12 months instead of newborn size. I was going to borrow some friend’s stuff and it should have all worked out easily. We found out one of our darling hosts were going to be our plan B, and that our friends had already loaned their amazing stuff. I seriously doubted we’d be in costume this year at this point. I decided to try one more time. It forced me to mix it up and get creative with a plan C. This was all before I knew Mack’s costume was way too big! It came, and I almost decided to call it quits after one more hurdle. Then the sewing bug bit and I sewed a furry costume only to decide it was too big and the same as what I’d ordered. Good news, he’s set for next year! I honestly felt so sad, my 2nd thought the day I saw a positive pregnancy test (after my first being what the due date would be) was, “What will I dress this baby for Halloween?!?” I think half the reason you have a baby is to dress it in something darling for Halloween! And here I was days before stumped.
As we got closer I couldn’t come up with family costumes for the life of me, then under pressure, I came up with about 10 family themed ideas to work with a newborn. Time was limited, so I had to get resourceful. I’m so grateful pressure hit, because it blossomed my creativity, forced me to work fast and cheap, and I luckily was able to borrow a brilliant costume my sister made a few years ago that worked with a dress I could make work. I am pleased with the outcome, I haven’t seen this family theme before so I felt pretty original and I’m still in shock it came together!
Behold, The Emperor’s New Groove family costume! My mom is a talented seamstress and saved us last minute- she took in the bear costume to be a smaller size. I sewed a stripe on the hat, and together we sewed a giant stuffed tail to create Bucky the Squirrel. Yzma involved a nursing friendly black dress, a lab coat, a sash and headband my mom sewed for my sister, spray painted goggles, black rubber gloves, large earrings, purple face paint, and a water bottle propped in my hair. Kronk was easy, a blue shirt with felt cut out pinned on, a felt hat we sewed together with a straw to prop up the sun, and fabric tied around the waist for the skirt and belt. I always marvel at my own mother, and her ability to create and make sure we didn’t miss a party and Mack didn’t get cheated out of his first Halloween was truly amazing!
So we went to our our friends amazing annual Halloween party looking like no drama ever happened! It started out for couples, but as most the couples have had kids in the past two years, it’s expanded to a family party. I have to say it’s only become more fun each year as we’ve watched the creativity grow and the cute little people make the party even more fun! The only downside is I think everyone does such a great job that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to look awesome and come up with original themes. I won’t complain though, it worked for us and for several friends too- check out these awesome costumes!
Our besties seriously were the cutest with Prince Charming, Cinderella, and the Fairy Godmother!
And this darling little man was his mom’s date while her husband was traveling.
This fun family got these in Spain while expecting this cute girl, and were so thrilled to have it fit their adorable daughter finally so they could be one creative family theme!
I love these two- she had a boot on a crutch due to a major surgery, so they had a good attitude and went with it!
I always die at this girl’s hilarity, they are Bruce Wayne and his parents. Such a sense of humor!
We can’t thank these four for hosting so many people- there were so many more that came, but I’m going to leave it to those who were fine with me using their pictures! Seriously, such amazing couples and I’m so glad they go to all that work to choose fun themes and go all out every year! It was an old horror movie theme this year, and they rocked it! Most the couples were charters from movies too, so that made it even more fun!
I’m so glad this host family pulled this off so well!
And these two are so amazing for being so creative with the new Pan movie- and for taking all these pictures! All pictures above this point are by them, and you can see more of their stuff at Noble Photographers!
And because I just can’t resist, here’s one more with our very sleepy squirrel!
And with a better shot of his tail…
Actually let’s just focus on the squirrel a little more because I’m pretty obsessed! These were taken on Halloween at our church party, and going to visit grandma who deserved a fun surprise after all her work to help us pull it together!
Warm fuzzy suit and stuffed animal-like tail equalled instantly sleeping baby almost every time!
He’s seriously one lucky kid to live so close to grandparents, and to have one busy grandma who will stop anything and bend over backwards to make sure he’s the cutest kid possible on Halloween!
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