Halloween capped off with a parade of great costumes and apathetic older siblings hitting the front steps. Standouts included a classic Frankenstein and a pair of brothers dressed as Napoleon Dynamite and Kip. Son Two and I decided that we were happier to hand out candy as ourselves and leave the trick or treating to the professional.
Dressing up and dragging outside would have been a lot for a week night, but I brought out the party light and the M&Ms. I asked our bot for a Halloween kids playlist, which was spotty but did play a fun, quirky tune by Rosemary Clooney called "The Wobblin' Goblin." Will have to add to our list for next year.
We also practiced with the magic wands his brother and I made at SmArt. Since neither of the boys are Harry Potter fans yet, things escalated quickly.
These were such fun to make, even more for me since I got to complete Son One's when he lost interest. As the tutorial below from Grosgrain Fabulous notes, these would be great party favors for a gathering of older kids.
The instructor at SmArt had a container of sand to place the wands in as they dried from each step, and she glued some larger wooden beads on the top before the class began. The wands turned out so well in green and red with a metallic wash to finish, so go crazy!
And looking ahead, I'm working on several handmade small gifting items for the holidays. Remember the Nineties, when we had shoe clips to fancy-up our plain pumps? They're still around, and I found the hardware separately on Amazon to make custom clips.
These are pendants that I found together at SmArt, but I foresee most of my clips getting a Perler bead 8-bit bow makeover for the nieces. Or myself.
I also found a cross-stitch bookmark online, which will take a minute with my plans but would look fantastic with a simple heart and a monogram. The tag also noted that it could be painted for an even quicker project. Pair with a gift card, and a book lover gets a personalized, well-thought-out present. It's not too late!
And now all sorts of good stuff will be on sale - glow sticks are always a blast around here and will make good stocking stuffers. If it's noted that they are spooky Halloween packs (which, with the time they will be examined, is doubtful), hey, Santa's got a lot of kids to buy for and appreciates a good deal.