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 see him 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!” “Fred! C’mere! You gotta see this kid! He’s a meatball!” Wolfie loved it. 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 us that we could have the rest of his candy. Ahhh, some things never change.