It’s that time of year again… the air turns cool, the leaves start to drop, and the apartment smells of hot glue. Wait… what?
Yep, it’s Halloween again! We managed to recruit even more people this year, so that our ‘crew’ was a total of 6.5. The half was ‘Mr Small’ who was awesomely tiny – at only 1 year old – it was his first Halloween parade too. No doubt first of many!
So after our first year in 2007 as the Lego Couple, then Pacman and the Ghosts, Where the Wild Things Are, and Sock Monkey and Muno… we decided to go for ‘Mr Men’ and ‘Little Miss’ costumes this year. Check out the Mr Men website if you have no idea what I’m talking about!
As usual, the ‘let’s start them really early this year’ turned into being a few weeks before the big day. The full impact of making the costumes only dawned on us when we went out to buy the raw materials. 45 yards of 2 inch thick foam, and 40 yards of various colours of spandex. From Spandex House no less. The apartment became impossible at that point. Ferrying different body parts around the place depending on what needed to be worked on. If you need to draw out the material then it has to be the kitchen for the largest area of open floor space. If you need to hand-sew the body joints, then you need the table in the living room. If one of the bodies wasn’t being worked on, then it would land up on the bed to get it out of the way!
We had a few friends join us this year, so everyone chose what they wanted to be, and we decided on a few that had to be in, because they just look too cool. That brought us to the Mr Men choices – Mr Tickle, Mr Nonsense, Mr Small and Mr Sneeze – and then the Little Miss choices – Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Giggles and Little Miss Sunshine.
It also led to some ridiculous conversations. Where’s Giggles? In the kitchen. I think Tickle’s in the bedroom. Ok, there’s a pile of Nonsense in the corridor. Can someone pass me sunshine?
Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Giggles, Mr Sneeze and Mr Nonsense. Mr Tickle and Mr Small had already left by that point but they were walking in the parade too!
We all spent quite a few evenings and weekends working on the costumes. On Halloween we also decided to dig out Muno and the Sock Monkey from last year’s Halloween parade, and head down to the ‘Regis and Kelly’ show. The costumes were fine when we were outside last year on a cold October night. Under the hot studio lights indoors, it was a different matter! Anyway, we got onto the show as one of the audience costumes – was good fun!
The living room was so full of foam and material that now that it’s empty, we can actually tell the difference because the room echoes a lot more!
Here’s a clip from a local news channel in New York – Pix 11 – you can see all the Mr Men and Little Miss behind the presenters, and then later on in the clip too, dancing down 6th Avenue in New York…
Link to more ‘in the making’ photos on Flickr
Sock Monkey and Muno – Halloween Costumes 2010
Where the Wild Things Are – Halloween Costumes 2009
Pacman and the Ghosts – Halloween Costumes 2008
Lego Couple – Halloween Costumes 2007
Lego Couple Videos