Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trick or Treat, a little late.

Sorry it's taken me so long to post this, my poor neglected readers. I know my annual Halloween post is one of my favorites to write, and it's usually pretty popular, so, with my apologies, here y'all go.

You may recall the bitter anguish I felt upon discovering that the Costume Contest had been inexplicably nixed from this year's Pevely Flea Market Halloween Event.

Such total bullshit. I guess the other people were getting sick of losing out to Team Karma.

I suppose I can understand that. I mean, if my kids' costumes sucked and I was the sort of mother who couldn't stand to see their 6-year-old get her heart broken when her French Maid costume failed to wow the judges, I'd probably be disappointed too. But my kids are good sports, and they have awesome costumes. Why should my kids have to miss out on our annual tradition of kicking your ass just because your store-bought Spongebob costume didn't place?

So this year, we went ballz out for the Trunk or Treat event at Pokey Oaks Elementary. We invited The Racers, and allowed them to see me in my full-on, maxed-out, fiercely competitive thirst for glory. They'd seen glimpses of it before, sure, but NOTHING compares to me on Costume Contest Day, and you need to either get on board or get the fuck out of the way. I'm happy to say that they handled it extremely well.

Kev even snagged a pic of R and me snarking on the competition.

And with that, may I present this year's Team Karma costumes:

Tito was the dog from the movie UP (now available on DVD and BlueRay), complete with Cone Of Shame.



Seriously, how FREAKIN cute is that?!!?

Pie was a classic nerd. He called himself Ervin Ritzensnurf. He was particularly excited about the pocket protector. We took these pics before I slicked his hair.



And, finally, just for the sake of comparison, here's Martha Stewart's MEDUSA, from her website.

And here's MY Medusa.

Martha Stewart can decoupage my ASS.

Tito's costume required some creative hand-sewing (his ears and tail are made from a pair of brown socks), but Beeb's was HELLA labor-intensive. I don't remember how many snakes we ended up with, but they're individually knitted with two strands together, in stockinette so they would have a flat side like a snake, and then twisted and tangled together and attached to the hat.

The hat is basically the Hallowig pattern from Knitty, or at least that's what it would have been if I'd done it right, except I fucked it up (of course) on the decreases and so I had to kinda fudge it a bit. It's not completely closed at the top, so I coiled up a snake and sewed it on so you can't tell. But it turned out awesome and Beeb was so proud. A few people wanted me to make them a Medusa hat too. Not sure I could fuck up exactly the same way again, but for the right price, I might whip one up for ya.

Unfortunately, the costume contest at the Trunk or Treat was only for kids in Pre-K thru 5th grades, so Beeb, being a 7th grader, didn't get to participate. The boys, however, each won a prize for their grade level. Tito was Best Homemade Costume (which, to me, is a totally stupid category), and Pie won for Funniest/Silliest Costume.



Trillian42 said...

So, did Tito get to run around saying "SQUIRREL!" :D

Awesome costumes as always. I love to see what you do every year. :)

Jo said...

You rock! I think I may have to co-opt that Medusa costume for next year - I definitely have the hair for it.

turtlegirl76 said...

Those costumes are AWESOME! Well done!

Bezzie said...

Hee hee. Suck it Martha indeed!!!!!

Batty said...

Awesome costumes. And your Medusa looks way better than Martha's!

Anonymous said...

You have NO IDEA what full on competitive Penny Karma is like. Oh, you've read the blog, you THINK you know... But you don't.

She didn't mention that the Apes scored 10 pounds of candy that night. And I've managed to steal some of the good stuff.

shiguy4076 said...

Wow those costumes kick ass!!!
So jealous you are way talented.

Audrey S. said...

Love, love, love the Medusa hat! No way could I have made that!

R was a nerd last year, complete with propeller beanie and pocket protector and fake glasses. This year, (9th grade), she needed real glasses...and she picked out TOTAL nerd frames. That's my girl!