Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boo to You!

Happy Halloween, my friends!
(and a Happy Reformation Day to you as well, thanks to the reminder from the Prairie Home Companion broadcast this afternoon...)

Let me just say, I'm lovin' this Halloween season!

Here is my boy dressed in all his Halloween finery...

You may not recognize this costume if you're not from around these parts, but if you know anything about our little neck o' the woods, you might get it. My boy is dressed up as the Golden Driller statue, a Tulsa icon. You can read all about this iconic giant here.

The pants and workboots are from Wal-Mart; the shirt is from our local Goodwill thrift store (it was a woman's shirt that my mom and I completely deconstructed to make a new shirt from, impressive!); the belt was also from Goodwill and I made a new buckle for it out of a glitter gold foam sheet glued to a piece of wood and then cut out black foam letters that I stuck on the top; the hardhat is from our friends B.J. and Lauren that I spraypainted (gold, of course), the kids' work gloves are from Atwoods, and the oil derrick is painted on a piece of wood from Home Depot. I actually had the guy at Home Depot cut the big plank into that long piece and two short pieces, one at the top and one at the bottom for a base and a place for my boy to rest his hand on the top. There is also a drawer handle drilled into the back so he can pick it up and move it as it trick or treats.

I'm pretty darn excited about this costume!

While we're on the subject of Halloween, here are the "punkins" on our porch:

I used the idea from the October issue of Country Living Magazine. I had trouble downloading the images and then enlarging them to the right size, so I just eyeballed 'em and drew them on myself as best I could. Then I painted them black, carved out all of the windows, and we've been lighting them up at night. Pretty darn cute! And the paint seems to be keeping the critters from gnawing on them, so that's a double win in my book.

I also decorated our mantel for Halloween and forgot to post a picture until now:

We're off to a fun "trunk or treat" event followed by our annual family Halloween get-together and trick or treating. Hope you all enjoy a great evening with your own little spooks as well!


The Busters said...

Such an amazing idea!!! He looks awesome!!!

Kristin Ann said...

Adorable costume and I love your mantel. Boo to you, too!

Country Dreaming said...

Great costume and creative too.
I think homemade is sooo much better than the expensive store costumes.
Have fun and be safe!!


~Michelle~ said...

what a crack up! No, definitely not familiar with the golden man, but it looks like you did a pretty faithful reproduction, right down to the belt buckle! The boy looks pretty pleased with his costume, lol!

{courtney} said...

AWESOME job! Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

Matt & Randi McComber said...

I am familiar with your neck o' the woods. Fantastic!

Single and Sane said...

I'm even more impressed now that I know all the work that went into it. Fabulous!


Rhonda said...

I saw these pics on FB a day or two ago, but still, I am so impressed! I LOVE this costume.

Way to go, Amazingly Awesome Crafty Mama!

Happily Ever After said...

LOVE Henry's costume! Fabulous!
Your mantle and pumpkins are great too!! So creative!

dobco said...

What a cute little guy! Making costumes is the best. When I was growing up we use to go to the attic and start putting things together to make ours. My daughter ordered something for my grandson and it came in way too big. We too had to completely redo it!

Amy said...

I don't know why I should ever be surprised at your creativeness...he looks adorable.

Brigitte said...

That was ADORABLE! Really takes me back to Tulsa days, too. You're so creative, Val!

Heather said...

awww, I spy some audrey eclectic on the mirror! your mantle looks amazing, that banner is the best!

And I think Henry's costume is the BEST ever! So totally original!

PS: good to see you today anthro girl!