Halloween is over and it was a big success in our house. This was the first year that I actually ventured to make the boys’ costumes. In the past, we’ve always just kind of assembled them; taking a railroad hat that we bought somewhere and combining it with a stripey jacket and overalls to make a train engineer, for example. It always seemed a bit extreme to put too much work into making a costume that the boys would really only wear once. However, last year, we joined this homeschool group and they put on something called a literature fair where the kids dress up as characters from books they’ve read and give little presentations.
Last year, they were Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. This year, they dressed up as King Azaz, ruler of Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician, ruler of Digitopolis. If you have never read The Phantom Tollbooth, I urge you to give it a read. It is highly entertaining and has a lot of educational value. I especially like the part when the characters are physically transported to the Island of Conclusions when they start jumping to conclusions in their conversation.
Unfortunately, our literature fair was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy, so we only used the costumes once this year, but I think they were still worth making. By the way, I did not sew a single stitch on these costumes. It was all hot glue. That stuff is amazing. The costumes were especially great this year because they were nice and warm. I think I was colder than the boys while we were walking around.
Next week, I will show you why I couldn’t sew the costumes, but for now, I’ll just give you a peek.