A Middle Earth Halloween
Last year was Stink’s first Halloween and I had decided I wouldn’t take her trick-or-treating because what’s the point? It’s not like she would understand what was going on. But her older friends were going so at the last minute we decided to tag along and I bought her a simple cat costume because A) it was one of the few costumes left and B) it was cheap.
This year, however, I considered to be her first real Halloween. I didn’t start putting much thought into her costume until this summer when I discovered that Stink’s hair was getting so so curly. Hobbitish curly. And I knew that this year would be the last year I’d get to pick out her costume theme so I needed to take advantage of that. That’s when I decided for a Middle Earth themed family costume with Stink as a hobbit, me as Arwen and Brandon as Gandalf.I had a really hard time finding a proper costume for Stink. The only hobbit costumes available on costume websites were for older kids and boys. I decided to enlist the help of (i.e. beg and plead) my mom to help make a hobbit costume for her because I have no domestic talent whatsoever. Seriously, I can’t even sew on a button. So after some scheming and buying patterns that didn’t end up being used my mom made this:
I used a photo of Martin Freeman’s version of Bilbo Baggins, instead of going with Elijah Wood’s Frodo look. I searched for material for a green suede vest and a yellow skirt. My mom used super simple patterns for each piece: McCall’s M6780 for the skirt and Simplicity 1923 for the vest. The scarf was simply made from spare skirt fabric.
I unfortunately didn’t realize I was supposed to buy a separate material for the liner of the vest so both sides were from the suede material which made it pretty difficult to make button holes. So my mom just sewed the buttons onto the front of the vest and I bought fabric glue and Velco strips to keep the vest closed. That was my ONLY crafty contribution to this project but I’m still proud of it. My mom added a pocket to the front of the vest so Stink could keep her Precious safe but it turns out that Stink wasn’t really interested in having a Precious. Instead she kept dropping it and letting it get away. Good thing the fate of Middle Earth wasn’t resting in her hands!
The rest of the outfit was completed by items I purchased online. The maroon peacoat was purchased on Zulily, the white peasant shirt came from Old Navy (although any white undershirt or onesie would do) and Stink’s satchel came from Target and doubled as her candy bucket. I bought a swatch of brown fur that I cut into strips and wedged under the Velcro straps of Stink’s shoes to make her furry hobbit feet. If we had lived in a warmer climate I could have wrapped the fur around some flip flop straps but this is New England and it was freezing cold on Halloween night. I had planned to make Stink’s hair a bit more curly with some hairspray or gel but we were running late so we just left it as-is.
Brandon’s costume was a generic Gandalf costume from a Halloween costume shop, with an added beard and wig. Because all the Arwen and other elf costumes didn’t come in plus size I had to do with buying a renaissance themed dress that looked similar to an elf costume. I purchased latex elf ears at a renaissance faire and bought a replica of Arwen’s necklace at a costume shop.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to wear my costume and complete the Middle Earth trio because on Halloween night Brandon was helping me get dressed and ripped the zipper right off my cheap costume. Pinning it wasn’t an option so instead I went dressed as a stay-at-home mom.
Stink had a great time trick-or-treating with her buddies but was a bit freaked out by Brandon’s beard so he had to take it off after only 10 minutes of wearing it. I felt so sure that people would recognize Stink’s costume and comment on the awesomeness of it so I was pretty disappointed when only ONE person recognized her as a hobbit the entire evening. All the other people said “What a cute shark! What a cute mermaid! What a cute…costume!”. Even when we explained she was dressed as a hobbit or Bilbo Baggins they still didn’t know who she was. I guess old people don’t read Tolkien.
So that was our Halloween 2014, one that will still have a special spot in Stink’s baby book and we definitely plan on keeping her costume in her memory box. Next year I’m willing to bet that we’ll be dressing as characters from Disney Junior. At least Stink will.