The day Piano Man was born was the day Halloween became an important holiday in our household. However, it wasn’t always like this. In fact, I am going to share a little known fact about me. I never went trick-or-treating as a kid.
It’s not that my parents didn’t like Halloween. It was a geographical thing. We lived in what many people would call the countryside. But a lack of neighbors didn’t stop my parents from bringing Halloween treats to us, so I never felt like I missed out during my childhood.
For Piano Man, it was a different story. He’d been a fluffy bear and a simple version of Superman because I made those choices for him. But the year he entered preschool was the year he expressed his Halloween costume preferences. That was also the year Angry Birds had become a huge hit, and everyone wanted to be one for Halloween. I thought, “Sure, Piano Man. Why not. Let’s go check one out.” To my horror, those Angry Birds costumes in our local Party City ad were way too expensive. I told Piano Man, “Oh no. Let’s look for something else.” Piano Man was completely heart broken. After letting out a big sigh, I said, “Okay, let me try to make you one.”
Now back then, I had never sewn anything except in square and rectangular shapes. This new endeavor of sewing costumes verged into the world of 3D. I thought, “Great. Now I had to put my thinking cap on.”
I set out to find DIY tutorials on how to make an Angry Birds costume. There were plenty out there that looked pretty much like the ones I saw in the Party City ad. I tried to make one and almost succeeded, except for one little problem. When you start improvising and go without a template or plan, that’s when things can go south. Let’s just say I have a huge red Angry Bird that could readily become a beanbag someday.
I was so upset with myself for making a colossal mistake, wasting fabric, money, and my time. I thought there was no way I could make another costume in a couple of weeks. But Prof encouraged me to try again.
The next day, I bought more of the same fabric and came up with a plan. I set out to make a costume based on Piano Man’s bear costume from years ago but using his then 3T/4T t-shirt as my sizing template.
There was so much going on leading up to the weekend of Halloween. At the last minute, I was stressing out trying to make Piano Man’s matching Angry Bird’s floppy hat. Again, I learned that I needed to have a template if it was going to properly fit on Piano Man’s head. In the end, I finished it, even though it was a size or two too big.
To make our look complete, I also made a Piggy basket, little blue Angry Bird costume with no accessible feet for Linus (who was less than a year old, which meant he was going to be stuck in that costume whether he liked it or not), a yellow Angry Bird t-shirt for me, and a black Angry Bird t-shirt for Prof. It was the proudest moment of my sewing life. I couldn’t believe that I pulled off an entire Angry Bird-themed look for the whole family. But the best moment of our weekend was when Piano Man lit up and proudly wore his red Angry Bird costume. He even smashed the orange beak under the piano keys to play his musical piece during a Halloween piano party that year.
Last year, we lived abroad, thus I had no access to a sewing machine. Piano Man wanted to be Captain America, which was a bit odd since I didn’t think he knew much about the character. But Piano Man’s uncle thought it was Piano Man’s way of representing America. We squeezed Linus into Piano Man’s old Halloween bear costume, which was worth every struggle to get that thing packed to Cyprus with our limited luggage space.
And what about this year? Here’s how our conversation went:
Betty: “What do you to be for Halloween this year?”
Piano Man: “Legends of Chima!”
Betty: “WHAT!!?? Are you serious?”
Piano Man: “Yeah!”
Prof: “You know, you were just asking for it, right?”
Yes, Prof was right as usual.
After this long story about how we are a family inspired to wear matching Halloween outfits/costumes, I am launching a weekly update on our progress of Legends of Chima-inspired outfits, baskets, and costumes. If I have time, I will try to write up a DIY Tutorial for each project. Thus, I am sharing with you my devoted readers and hope you can keep me accountable to complete this major costume making endeavor.
What are some of your plans for Halloween, Fall Festival, or other occasion you celebrate on October 31st? I would love to hear all the fun costumes you have planned.
From my hometown to yours,