Friday, October 22, 2010

So this happened today...

3:37 p.m.: "Mom, the Monster Mash (the Halloween dance party at his school) is tonight. 6:30. I need my costume." This is, of course, the first time I have heard about the Monster Mash.

3:40p.m.: Get in the car. Drive to Lowe's.

4:20 p.m.: Leave Lowe's with spray paint, heating vent tubing, and duct tape.

4:29p.m.: Locate random box.

4:30 p.m.: Spray paint random box silver.

4:41 p.m.: Nurse Sawyer.

4:52 p.m.: Discover paint is dry. Or at least dry enough.

4:53 p.m.: Cut head and arm holes in random (now shiny) box.

5:07 p.m.: Go pick up Quinn.

View from the driveway of Q's school

5:37 p.m.: Arrive home. Attempt to assemble costume while juggling three children.

6:05 p.m.: Nurse Quinn.

6:15 p.m.: Make Riley model costume while singing "Domo Arrigato Mr. Roboto".

6:21 p.m.: Discover Mr. Roboto does not fit in the car.

6:32 p.m.: After some creative rearranging, fit everyone in the car and drop Riley off at Monster Mash.

Riley was THE ONLY KID IN THE WHOLE SCHOOL with a homemade costume. He was VERY proud, and got several compliments FROM FIFTH GRADERS (apparently this is very important!!!! MOM THEY ARE FIFTH GRADERS!!!). His appreciation and participation made the insanity of this afternoon worth while. We are going to do some more tweaking, including adding "gadgets" to the robot, and attaching legs similar to the arms before trick or treat, but this worked perfectly for his dance tonight!


  1. Wow well done on the spur of the moment costume. It's also reassuring to know that other mum's sometimes don't find out about school dances etc until the last minute and it's not just me. I had a similar thing this week where my daughter had a change of heart at the last minute and didn't want to wear the 'too pink' witch outfit from last year. We managed to cobble together a zombie outfit which was actually pretty good and she also felt very pleased to be wearing something homemade rather than shop bought.

  2. Yep, the joys of motherhood. Good thing the boy has a crafty mother. I may be employing a similar idea. We live overseas in a country that does not traditionally celebrate Halloween. I didn't have time to make a homemade costume this year and ordered one for my oldest. It has yet to arrive. Sometimes last minute costumes are the most creative.
    I love the "getting in the car" picture. It made me bust a gut when I saw it.

  3. I love homemade costumes. It sounds to me as though you are officially a marvellous mummy!

    What a lovely description of your day.


  4. Love the homemade costume! When my son was in preschool (he's 18 now!), one of his classmates came to the school Halloween party with a box framing his face, decorated as Face from Nickelodeon! Most original costume I had ever seen! Of course, if you're not my age you have no idea who Face was or why he was such a big deal. Sorry!

  5. that's one awesome costume!
    my uncle and brother made one for my brother many, many years ago that was kind of similar - the tubing for the legs was attached to an old pair of my brother's jeans and the head was a giant cereal box. that thing lasted in the attic (because you never know when someone the size of a 12 year old boy will have the random urge to dress up like a robot) until last summer. :)

    have fun!

  6. Way to save the day, mom!! I'm very impressed at your skills of a crafter. ;) If that had happened to me, I probably would have had a panic attack. Great job!

  7. That's awesome--I love fun costumes like this. Thanks for sharing!

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