As I’m sure everyone realizes, Halloween was this past weekend. I am such a procrastinator (normally, at least). But this year, we had the costumes done ahead of time! It just takes me awhile extra to get the photos posted. 🙂 But at least my older son got to wear his costume for the party at school on Friday!
I’ve noticed that a lot of the bloggers I follow will talk about their family & use abbreviations or nicknames for people. This is cool, I think, because it allows the readers to follow along with who’s-who, but it also allows the blogger to keep some anonymity about their children’s names. I’m a little paranoid about that sort of thing too, since this blog is public. So, I’ve decided to “rename” my children. From now on, they will be known as:
Ale-8 & Yoo-Hoo!
It’s difficult to say whether this is the best we’ve done on costumes. But this is only yoo-hoo’s second Halloween, and we didn’t make his costume last year. So this is the first time we’ve had a chance to make a costume set, and I think they’re super cute!
For those of you who are not from my area (KY) Ale-8-1 is a local soft drink. It is actually a caffeinated ginger ale & is a family favorite in our house!! I think most everyone knows yoo-hoo. But in case you don’t it is a chocolate drink, and also a favorite in our house! I was slightly tempted to let them both dress as Ale-8s, but since the little guy has never had any, we chose yoo-hoo instead.
I probably should’ve taken some photos of the supplies used to make the costumes. But I just didn’t think of it before hand. My husband was the design man on this project. I did most of the production 🙂 We used water tubing from the local hardware store to make the cans keep their round shape. The yellow on the Ale-8 (top & bottom) was looped around to make a sleeve for the tubing. On the yoo-hoo, the brown chocolate drips fold over to form the sleeves. Our original plan included white fabric and paint to get the logos added to the front (and back) of the cans. But at some point, my brilliant husband realized that the logos cut off of 12-pack boxes were the perfect size! That saved us HOURS of time & work! It also meant we didn’t have to wait for any drying time, before they could try them on. The only thing he painted was Yoo-Hoo’s pop tab. Ale-8’s was made of duct tape (as are the top & bottom rims of his can), but we were concerned that yoo-hoo would pull his off all night. So we made it light enough that he would forget it was there.
Since both drinks are available in bottles, which come in handled carry-boxes, I decided those would make the perfect candy buckets. So that’s what they’re carrying in the photo, to collect all their loot.
Did you make any costumes this year? I’d love to hear about them!