We love Halloween around here! A lot! The costumes, the food, the Trick-or-Treating, the fun, all of it! We’ve always loved it, but now with kids in the mix it’s getting even more fun.
I thought I’d have one more year before Darrow had much of an opinion on his Halloween costume, but I was wrong. I’m sure I could have still picked for him and he would have been okay, but really what’s the fun in that for a little guy?!
All Darrow wanted to be for Halloween was a truck. My first reaction was, “Ug. A truck? Not something more fun?” but then I realized I was being selfish and a little doofy. He loves trucks. Trucks are fun to him! Trucks are totally not cliche for him. And so I found myself on Pinterest looking for ideas, and happened on the PERFECT costume. Mater.
Mater’s Tall Tales is the only show that Darrow will sit all the way through. He loves it! And Mater isn’t just any truck, he’s the coolest truck there is. We love Mater. Suddenly I was excited too.
But, I got even more excited when I realized I pretty much had almost everything on hand that I would need for his costume. Cheap DIY costumes?! I’m in!!
So Friday at noon I got started on what I thought would take me just a couple of hours. A couple of hours, bahaha. Right. Try 16 or so when everything involved was all said and done. But, I was determined to finish it!
In the end, it was all worth it. I love a good DIY project, and don’t get to them as often as I used to. Having a marathon creative party on the floor of the living room did my soul good. Cameron was so good to field the kids and run the show around the house while his crazy-woman worked on a way more detailed Mater than a 3 year old really needs.
The original idea was to put straps in Mater and Darrow would walk carrying him. But Mater ended up being bigger than I planned. Luckily we found a little plastic red wagon in Walmart that was the exact size of the opening in Mater! So Darrow pulled Mater all over town (he didn’t want to ride, he wanted to pull, so that worked). That ended up being the most expensive part of the costume, but it wasn’t originally part of it, and now maybe Darrow won’t haul our ice chest all over the yard looking for treasures. Before that, the most expensive part were the plastic containers I bought to dump all the oatmeal into so I could use the containers!
Why did I go all out? When we’re at parades or Trunk-or-Treats we see these cool floats or trunks that people have definitely put a lot of time into. Those are getting fewer and farther between though. It’s mostly “pile everyone into the back of a pickup and hold up a sign” float, or streamers attached to a trunk. Those are definitely better than nothing, and I totally get needing to go quick and cheap! However, sometimes it’s fun to be able to have a little magic and awe in things, and Cameron and I want to be a part of that! So we’ve started trying to put more effort into things like that. Not so people will think we’re cool. Not to “out do” other moms. But because we love creating, and we love being able to put a smile on faces. Kids got so excited over Mater and took turns riding in it. Darrow was able to share his costume with friends and it was all fun!
From there we built the rest of Halloween around Darrow and Mater. Here’s our little Piston Cup Cutie!
Along with Mater we had the Radiator Springs billboard, an Ornament Valley backdrop, Guido (my favorite Cars character), and the Piston Cup of Candy.
If that photo doesn’t sum up siblings, I don’t know what does. Actually she fell over right before this shot and it scared her. But really, Halloween photos aren’t complete without a crying kid.
My DIY cup runneth over now, but it was so incredibly fun to put this together!