To begin, I have to reference this link from one of my favorite parenting blogs, the Ugly Volvo. It’s so funny and mirrors exactly what we were asking ourselves for Ara’s first Halloween: what in the world do you do with a 7-month old baby for Halloween? We don’t have grandparents living in the area so we couldn’t show her off, so you can bet we went with Option 6- put her in her $20 costume and run errands all day to make the most use out of it. Not only did we do that, we hauled our sweet little owl to a couple Halloween events earlier in the week as well, including Garden after Dark at the Red Butte Garden, a MOMs Halloween Party, a Little Gym class, and trick-or-treating at Nick’s office. She was a good sport and we had fun. There really isn’t anything cuter than an infant in a Halloween costume. Especially if there’s a padded butt.
Ara’s outfit was easy. I saw a little pink owl costume for sale at Carter’s and boom, she was done. I was feeling a little ambitious and thought we should do some kind of family costume and looked up Mom and Dad owl costumes online. Not wanting to pay a ridic amount for an adult costume ($50+!! Really??), I found an online tutorial for felt owl masks. Let’s say this again if you haven’t heard already. I’m not a natural DIYer. Missy is SO MUCH better at this kind of thing than I ever will be (those family Care Bear costumes?? Amazing!) A couple dazed trips to Michael’s later (I have no idea what to do in that store), and after a quick Youtube tutorial on how to back stitch, I was on my way to becoming one. It took me a few evenings of sweating and sore fingers to finish the masks but I think they turned out cute and Nick, bless his heart, wore his without complaint. Maybe next year, I’ll be ambitious enough to make full-fledged costumes for all of us. Probably not.