Last Minute Costumes & Halloweentown

Well I originally wanted to make Cady a Dorothy costume this year, but after many attempts at finding her red shoes that fit her chubby feet, I gave up on the whole idea altogether. At the last minute, we bought $3.50 leggings and a cheap size 4t shirt from Walmart, which I quickly cut and sewed into something more fitted the night before we needed it even though I didn’t have matching thread or more bobbins. I already had the black and orange ribbon in my stash, except for the black ribbon ($1 for the roll at Hobby Lobby) I used for Cady’s aligator hair clip (which I bought in bulk on Ebay).

I underestimated her size. You can see here that she’s literally busting out.

For me, I decided to wear all black, put eyeliner on my face, and put on some homemade cat ears to keep it simple, cheap, and easy. Each sheet of felt was a quarter. I already had a hot glue gun, sticks of glue, and the headband which cost $1.50 for two. Cady loves cats, and she recognized exactly what I was!

I told Tim that I’ll start earlier next year (even though I’ve been a lifelong procrastinator). He told me that as of Friday, 50% of adults surveyed who were definitely going to wear costumes still didn’t know what they were going to be for Halloween, and in fact, I wasn’t the only one of my friends scrambling to put a costume together that night.


We had a great time at Halloweentown where Cady loved the excitement and even received a few treats (that we’ll enjoy on her behalf). There was music, a kids costume contest, a dog costume contest, storytellers, and a magician. Everybody looked great in their costumes. It was so much fun, and Cady was so happy and smiled so much.

They closed traffic off the main street, and there were more people than I had ever seen there before. We didn’t know about this event last year. I wonder if it’s like this (or maybe even bigger) during the big Christmas tree lighting.

We had dinner at a hibachi restaurant in the square where you get to pick out your starch, veggies, meat, spices, and sauce, and the chefs grill it up for you (kind of like those yogurt places that are so popular now). It was so good! Kind of reminds me of Kramer’s “make your own pizza” idea from Seinfed. I can’t wait to go back (hopefully next weekend). We even ran into someone whose family we used to go to church with. I’m pretty sure I remember going to his 9th birthday party. Can’t go anywhere in this city without seeing someone you know!

Cady spent most of dinner outside because she couldn’t get enough of the excitement, so the grownups took turns eating and taking her out to enjoy all the fun. Halloween comes but once a year afterall. It was a very special evening (the Baylor football game and spontaneous date after with my hubby were a bonus).

I forgot to turn of the tungsten white balance setting after we left the restaurant, but the effect on the dwindling daylight actually turned out kind of neat.

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  1. she's so cute!! {btw, saw sparkly red shoes at target ~ perfect for a dorothy costume}.also, we stopped going to the christmas tree lighting because its super crowded and super cold by that time!

  2. Great outfit! I think the last-min costume came out great.