This is my third year in a row passing out Halloween candy for friends of ours. The first year in our house, I found out we don't get a lot of trick or treaters, and friends of ours needed help with all the ghouls and goblins that show up at their house each Halloween. They were torn between being home to pass out candy and taking their own son trick or treating, so I offered to sit on their porch a few years ago and it's now become a regular tradition. Last year, I dressed up as Rapunzel from Tangled (post-haircut) and wore my old prom dress, a tiara, and carried around a braided blonde wig. Aside from a few kids scared of my wig, it was a big hit (a random parent even remembered my Rapunzel costume this year!).
I had so much fun coming up with a costume last year, I decided to do it again this year. I wanted to come up with something that didn't require buying too much but would be popular, and easily recognizable, by kids. Several months ago, Keith and I saw The Lego Movie and enjoyed it so much, I also wound up taking our friend's eight-year-old to see it after. I was looking up costume ideas and decided it would be fun to be another bad-a** chick (yes I think Rapunzel fits that description too) this year and then remembered the girl character from that movie. For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, her name is Wyldstyle and she's a master builder.
I already own a pair of black velour workout pants, so I went to Target after work a few weeks ago and bought a black hoodie in the boys department, pink and blue hair extensions in the Halloween department, and some fun colored nailpolish. I also bought some pink hair chalk to try it, but that did not show up at all in my dark hair. Earlier this week, I bought some pink lipstick from our local pharmacy store. Keith thought I needed to paint my face yellow, but there was no way that was happening. I'm committed but not quite to that extent!
On Friday after work, I put on the hoodie and pants, did my makeup and nails, then used plastic hair bands to wind the extensions through my hair. I used to come up with my own Halloween costumes growing up and some of them were pretty ambitious (bag of jelly beans, Raggedy Ann, etc), but I've enjoyed going a little simpler these last two years. And brightly colored hair extensions are pretty fun, even if tough to see in my hair. My friend's son (who's house I was at) very sweetly built me a plane to pair with my costume. Most kids seemed a little young for the Lego Movie but all of them liked the plane. Overall the night was a hit and I'm already looking forward to next year!