Here’s a recap in case you missed any of the costumes. We tried to come up with something different every day for October leading up to Halloween. Click the arrows to see the full slide-show of all her costumes.
Happy Halloween from Toni
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Guest Appearances in October
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In December, we are sharing Toni’s Christmas Countdown on the blog. Don’t miss out as she helps decorate the house, bakes cookies, wraps presents, and other activities of the holiday season.
Toni remained miffed at me today for yesterday’s prank of the Mail-Order Bride costume. I tried to tempt her with the idea of a Headless Horseman costume for today. “We can order a horse from Amazon,” I suggested.
“I’ll tell you the classic story of the headless horseman,” I cajoled, “and we’ll make a pumpkin head, a really scary one, for you to wear.” That got her attention, but not in a good way. “You are not cutting off my head to make a costume,” she said.
I tried to tell her the plan, that we would hide her head with the pumpkin mask and have a separate doll head for her to carry. There were several dolls on eBay that needed restringing. One of the heads would be perfect for the costume.
By this time, Toni’s curiosity got her to at least look at what I had on my computer screen. It was the unfortunate doll from eBay whose head would serve as the “headless” part of the costume. In tones of great disgust, she said, “that’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen.”
She retreated to her room and hasn’t spoken to me since.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked Toni. I was hoping for some ideas to make her costume for today. “I want to be a witch like your 8th great-grandmother that you told me about,” she answered. I reminded her that Rebecca Nurse had been drowned at Salem. “Well,” Toni said, “I’ll be a good witch so no one will want to drown me.”
She already had a long black skirt, so I hunted up her lavender top with the hearts on it. That should show that she was a good witch. For a cape, I repurposed a velveteen gift bag and tied the drawstrings around her neck. It was short, but I assured her that was better for when she was flying around on her broomstick.
Oops, I should not have mentioned that as all the brooms in the house were too big for her. The little whisk broom didn’t have a handle. Oh, my, what to do?
Then she spotted the purple duster in the utility closet. “That will do fine, and it coordinates with my blouse,” she remarked. I wonder if she thinks that lever is for starting the engine (it actually is for attaching it to a long pole).
Then we made her witch’s hat. Two black plastic cheese trays saved from the recycling bin were just what we needed. Black felt would have worked too, but I didn’t have any. I drew a big circle using a cereal bowl for the pattern and a cup for the inner circle. The second cheese tray I twisted into a cone shape and cut off the excess at the bottom, leaving a little excess to cut into tabs. Those were bent and taped to the underside of the hat.
“A cat!” Toni exclaimed, “I have to have a black cat.” I tried drawing a Halloween style black cat on the left-over part of the cheese tray. She thought it wasn’t good enough. Then I remembers a black and white furry cat that I had. It was just the right size.
I combed her hair out in a free-flowing style so it would look like she had just returned from a night ride on her feather duster, oops… broomstick. She declared herself quite satisfied with her good witch costume.
PS – if you want to make a witch’s hat, there are great tutorials for doll-sized ones and people-sized ones on YouTube.
If you’d like to read more about my 8th great-grandmother I have a blog post about her or you can check Wikipedia for Rebecca Nurse.