Wednesday, November 9, 2011


So, the kids had a great time this year for Halloween.  They are both at really fun ages for it.  I made both of their costumes this year and I think they turned out pretty well, which was pretty rewarding.  We got lots of compliments on Ben’s.  He was a monster truck and Penny was a butterfly.  More importantly, Ben loved his which made it worth it for sure.
Here are some pictures of Ben’s truck up close before I put it on him for his preschool costume parade.  I know the wheels aren’t really big enough to be a monster truck, but I was sort of out of time and cardboard, and I couldn’t come up with a good way of attaching giant wheels to the truck without covering up my awesome paint job.  I was particularly proud of the flames on the hood, which I did by hand without a stencil.
And here is Ben in his costume.  I could not get him to look at the camera.  But you can see the little black smudge on his jaw from the paint when he helped me paint the wheels.  He got a kick out of helping.
I took a couple of videos of him at his parade and while they sang songs, but I haven’t uploaded those yet.  It was pretty cute.
The kids got a Halloween warm-up run with the trunk or treat at our church.  They had a great time and Penny caught on really quickly and only tried to stop and eat her first piece of candy.  She was great about saying “trick-or-treat” and “thank you” when she got her candy.  It was kind of hilarious because all of the little boys at the party were following Ben around, trying to ride in his truck.  He was a very popular boy.
Here are some pictures of the kids just before the real thing.
And a picture of the bag I rigged into the bed of Ben’s truck, so he didn’t have to carry one.
And the back of Penny’s wings:
She kept those antennae on for about 10 seconds.
And a video of the first couple of houses on our little cul-de-sac.  Penny is pretty adorable, and she got even cuter throughout the night.  She probably would have kept going all night, and she carried her own bag the whole time  She didn’t want anyone else to touch it (which led to a pretty cool melt down when we had to take it away from her to put her to bed).  I took more videos of a few of her later houses, but I haven’t even watched it yet, so I don’t know if it is as good as this one.
Ben and Penny trick-or-treating