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Best Halloween EVER! The Meatball Costume

So by now you are all familiar with Wolfie’s Legendary Anti-Costume stance from Halloweens past (as seen in When Your Kiddo Hates Costumes!)

But this year my little man made up for all the years of struggling in the most spectacular way possible. It all began with a little brainstorming. As we talked about what we wanted to be this year, Wolfie informed me that he wanted to go as Harry Potter….or a Meatball.

You could have knocked me over with a feather. A MEATBALL?? Who was I to say no?? Happily, the meatball  won and Greg, our paper mache master, set up shop with a giant balloon and lots of newspaper.

He and Wolfie worked diligently every evening applying the paper and paste.

It took several days to let the numerous layers dry, but it was a lot of fun! Once it was complete, we took it out back and painted it. We used spray paint for a quicker/cleaner dry.

(as a side note, spray paint has really crazy fumes, so be careful….those bottoms photo of Wolfie, he was “posing” for me post-spray because we only took the one photo “in action”. He wasn’t that close to the can!)

Of course no meatball is complete without SPAGHETTI, so a pasta fedora was also on the agenda. It turned out AWESOME.

I know I’m biased, but i gotta say this kid was THE COOLEST/CUTEST CHILD I HAVE EVER SEEN! What possessed him to pick a meatball, we will never know….but I LOVED it! Because Wolfie is only seven and we wanted to keep things easy peasy, we went for a cute “saucy” red meatball as opposed to a realistic browned meaty meatball.

The meatball made his debut at Wolfie’s elementary school, the day of the Harvest Festival. Alas, in our happy frenzy, we forgot to cut the arm holes! It was a hot day so he didn’t wear it the entire time….when it came time for the Costume Contest he and his buddy Jonas went head-to-head. They were hysterical together….


Lots of jokes were made about the Venus Flytrap trying to nibble the Meatball….

There was an amazing moment as my little meatball tried to step up onto a bale of hay for the judging. Remember….NO ARM HOLES. He made it up, but on the way down he teetered and tottered and nearly rolled off the bale of hay. We were all in hysterics (and everyone was thinking, “And then my poooor meatballlllll….rollled right on the floor!”).

Although there were many cute kiddos at the festival, there really was no question over who the winners were—MEATBALL AND VENUS FLYTRAP TIED FOR FIRST! They were thrilled! That night, we cut arm holes in the meatball.

Halloween evening we hit the road to our pals Chrissy and Jim’s house.

I’m not sure if any of you watch The Regular Show (it’s not appropriate for little kiddos, but for grownups and older kids it’s a very irreverant/silly/fun show on Comedy Network that Greg and Wolfie are obsessed with). There is a character that is a cassette tape on one episode (you can watch it here….it cracks me up) and Greg went as that guy.

Sammy came along and guided our way with a special hiking flash light collar.

Every where we went, the Meatball was a sensation…lots of people watching him come up their walkway would initially say, “OH, are you an apple?” “No, imma MEATBALL and spaghetti!” “Fred! C’mere! You gotta see this kid! He’s a meatball!”  Wolfie loved it. It’s funny, as goofy and outgoing as Wolfie can be, he doesn’t often like to be the center of attention. That’s why it was so cute to see how pleased he was with his handiwork and the positive response he got from everyone.

At the end of the evening we counted up our loot. Wolfie selected the red (strawberry lollipops), a packet of goldfish and two cherry Airheads….and then told Greg and I that we could have all the rest of his candy. Ahhh, some things never change.

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  1. Stacey Ball says

    This is by far the best costume I have seen this year and in a very very long time! I love it when kiddos want to be something non conventional and when it takes some effort to make it. I would have given that meatball my ENTIRE bowl of candy!!

    • Alix says

      hahaha….thank you Stacey, that’s so nice of you to say! lots of people gave him extra pieces (the irony being he doesn’t like chocolate/candy!!!! he’s a salty boy more than sweet…..)

  2. Jody says

    He’s a spicy meat-a-ball!

    • Alix says

      heh. yes he was!

  3. Dottie says

    That is so awesome! What a come back after all the years of Wolfie costume issues (which I loved–oh that sound cowboy, that grumpy pumpkin!) First place, indeed!

  4. Kristi says

    Adorable! Such a creative guy just like him mom.

    • Alix says

      thank you lady! xo

  5. m.o.m says

    I have so loved watching the progress of this costume and learning about Halloweens past. I cannot wait till you and Wolfie’s dad get to bring these pictures out when Wolfie is a teenager! It’s gonna be so good.
    Best costume ever! Period.

    • Alix says

      aw lady, that’s so super sweet!! thank you! (and yes…I hope when he’s a teenager he is as proud as he is today!! of course he’ll probably claim we “MADE” him go as a meatball! haha)

  6. Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) says

    Totally the best costume ever – what genius to come up with meatball! Love Wolfie.

    • Alix says

      thanks ms steph! you are so kind!!

  7. Cinti says

    He looks so delicious. I bet everyone is craving spaghetti and meatballs for dinner now. Great job on the costume

    • Alix says

      oddly all the little girls in his class were smitten with him in this get up! i kept hearing “I want to bite into this meatball!” (?!?!?!?)

  8. Eartha Kitsch says

    I just couldn’t wait to see this costume and it is GREAT! I also love that Venus flytrap. Both are ngenious and inspiring and SO creative. No wonder they tied for first!

    • Alix says

      hahaha, i thought you especially would appreciate this! my campy lil meatball!

  9. kristin says

    Wolfie rocked the meatball like no other! Who needs armholes anyway… :) LOVED the spaghetti fedora. You guys looked like you had loads of fun! Thanks for sharing the photos… :)

    • Alix says

      Thank you so much! haha….the non-armholes was hysterical, lady. I almost didn’t want to cut them but then it was even funnier with them!

  10. Lynn Landry says

    oh i’m so proud. your men rocked halloween! but, alex, what did you go as?

    • Alix says

      I was a zombie golfer! haha….i don’t really have a good photo of me, alas. But i had an old vintage golfing outfit, a pink sequin sun visor…..golf shoes….and then zombie makeup. It was kind of funny! but not as good as the guys!

  11. jeannie says

    Love Dottie and the Peach’s costumes! And Wolfie’s meatball- so awesome!

    PS- I love Regular Show and knowing Wolfie watches it makes me feel less guilty that my kids watch it (and Adventure Time, my personal #1 fave weird kid’s show)

    • Alix says

      I need to check out Adventure Time! Regular Show kills me…..they started watching it and I was all, “Um, is this appropriate??” but its really so freakin’ funny!!

  12. flo says

    that was one serious paper-mach-ing!! i love all the constructioning of all the costumes (tape cassette and venus fly trap (please tell me that kid had a friend who dressed up like a fly too?)!

    • Alix says

      Wolfie and the Fly trap were the only “elaborate” costumes (although there were plenty of cool kids there!). This was just so extraordinary since wolfie really isn’t a “Let’s dress up!” kinda guy!

  13. Alice says

    I love the meatball too. Total cutie.

  14. Jill Browning says

    Such a cute idea!! And cute kid!!

    • Alix says

      thank you Jill! we think he’s a cutie too!

  15. bethR says

    oh! i’m laughing so hard! that is adorable and a great way to have a fun project with your child.

    • Alix says

      i was giggling all night long…it was even better in person….his little legs sticking out from the big ol round ball!!

  16. Eanna says

    Amazing! Wonderful story! Great photos! Fantastic Idea! He reminds me of my lil guy:)

    • Alix says

      Aw thanks Eanna…..it;s a great age, huH!

  17. Elizabeth says

    Oh my goodness, this is totally awesome!! How fun for all of you!

    • Alix says

      it was truly too fun! so glad you like!

  18. Eri says

    is AAAA-mazing Alix !!
    Love it fedora !!

  19. Jaymi says

    Summertime Lovin’ is our favorite! What a clever costume. I told my husband and he’s sad that he didn’t think of it :)

    • Alix says

      haha….so glad people know the reference! that damn song was stuck in my for EVERRRRR!

  20. Bombchell says

    omg wow how adorable!!! nice images too.

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