It was the centre’s first Halloween theme party since the kids got into the school. We don’t celebrate Halloween but I wouldn’t want to miss any opportunities to dress up the kids for fun!
Now that they are somewhat older, I wanted to avoid too cutesy characters and go for the more Halloween-ish characters instead. It helped that we watched Hotel Transylvania 2 not too long ago and visited LEGOLAND Malaysia during Halloween season, so the kids got to see the non-scary version of Halloween characters.
The cub wanted to be like the Grandpa Vampire, or ‘grampire’ as he calls the character affectionately, in Hotel Transylvania 2. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a costume in his size – it was a sell-out at Spotlight! I suggested mummy because I would only need toilet paper to do up the costume but he wasn’t keen. Darn! :p He did compromise to wear another slightly-easier-to-make costume – ghost, which was inspired by the huge LEGO minifigure we saw at LEGOLAND Malaysia.
So his dutiful Dad went to look for fabric in Spotlight and we searched online for tutorials on how to DIY a ghost costume for kids. (This was a pretty helpful guide!)
The lil’ dragonlady on the other hand, was interested in characters like Tinkerbell and who-else-but-Elsa. I guess she’s more girlie than I thought. But with her (act) cool character, I was set on dressing her up as a witch! She didn’t want to wear black initially and I had to spend days trying to convince her. It was only until I offered to buy the same witch’s hat for her BFF in school then she agreed to dress up as a witch.
For the littlest one, we got her the spiderweb skirt from H&M. She gave in when she saw glitter on the spiderweb tulle skirt. Her shoes are from Giant (yes, the hypermart!), and the witch’s hat is from Daiso. The hat comes with two hair clips underneath which helps to secure the hat nicely.
The kids were excited to dress up in their costumes on the day of the party.
Alas, the Ghost himself got freaked out when we reached the school and had a major meltdown. He ended up looking as ghastly as his costume ‘cos his tears caused the marker ink to run from the fabric and stained his face. -_-
I was honestly very upset because he wasted our effort and I really couldn’t understand what he was afraid of when this was the costume he chose and he had tried it a few times before! He nodded in agreement when I explained why I was upset but didn’t want to wear the costume again when I asked him. At the end of the party, his teachers told him he would have won a prize for being the ‘Best Dressed’ if he had worn his costume. Only then did he regretted not wearing his costume! Until the next day, he was still sore about losing the prize.
Well that’s too bad, darling. Hopefully the school will do another Halloween party next year for you to prove yourself!