Our Handmade Halloween: Donatello + Mr. Fredricksen

Another Halloween for the books!

If you follow this blog, you know that we have a lot of fun with Halloween costumes. This, of course, is because of my amazing sister, who takes on any costume assignment that my son gives her. (Like the Lorax last year — which made it to Buzzfeed! — and, my personal favorite, The Wizard of Oz's Scarecrow.)

 

And this year she had BEN to dress up. Considering he already has an old-man look to him, she went with a genius choice: Mr. Fredricksen from Disney's UP!

(Ben wins Halloween this year, folks. He won it all.)

As for Noah, he requested Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

 And he owned the role.

She connected the front shield-like belly and the back shell with shoulder straps, so he basically just had to slip it over a green sweatsuit. And because it's all made from felt, it was pretty cost-effective and easy to work with. (Easier than the Lorax costume, that's for sure.)

This costume, in particular, was so smartly and intricately engineered — especially the shell, which she stuffed like a big pillow. It was easy for him to wear, easy for us to layer for warmth (a big concern here in New York), and it's easy for him to wear again during pretend play.

Even though it was drizzly and wet, we still had an amazing time trick-or-treating with our neighbors. He ended the night with, "THIS IS THE BEST DAY IN THE WOOOOORLD!"

And that makes all of the Halloween chaos worth it.

Thank you, Nikki, for your ingenuity and dedication. Thank you for making his Halloweens (and his every days) so memorable. Best aunt ever.

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Costumes + photos by Picnik Photography.