Hello everyone! Welcome to the special Halloween edition of Anything Goes. I don’t have anything spooky or scary to contribute for this, but I do have something that is fun (at least for me). I have had the honor of being a father for over 5 years now. I have also been lucky enough to have a wife who tolerates my obsession with Pokemon (if you can find a spouse like this, make sure you hang on to them)! My wife not only allowed me to dress our kids up as Pokemon for Halloween, but has also made most of the costumes that our kids have worn. This week, I will show off the costumes we have made and will also include some commentary from Mrs. Snag. She is amazing with what she does for these costumes. I really cannot thank her enough. Just a quick note: as much as I want to show off how cute my kids are, for their safety, I have covered their faces for this post. You can never be too careful! Without any further ado, let’s get started.
Note: All costumes were made the night before or the day of Halloween.
… Or after.
Shh, don’t let the kids hear that.
Halloween #1 – Turtwig
So this was, of course, our first Halloween with a child. We could have done a regular costume but we decided with Turtwig, in stead.
That was my first mistake.
Nothing. It was a $15 monster costume at Kmart. Remember, we used a plastic piece of ivy on the top of the head and colored cardboard for the shell.
Yeah, we pinned the 3 yellow spikes at the top of the head together.
We had to use a brown permanent marker to color them in… And then the marker died so we had to buy another one to finish.
And we used a yellow marker on the eyes, as well.
It was super cute because she would follow the Turtwig plush and try to catch it. And we took the pictures of you catching “baby Turtwig”.
And thus began a wonderful tradition of making Pokemon Halloween costumes for our kids.
Halloween #2 – Oshawott
With Oshawott, we took the easy route. With felt pieces and sweatpants, my faith was restored.
For these costumes, felt is amazing!
And this was the year we did closet trick or treating.
So, closet trick or treating resulted from a number of things. At this point, Little Girl Snag (LGS) was only like one-and-a-half. She had no idea what was going on in regards to Halloween, and we were behind in making her costume. But we had to keep the tradition alive! So, in the first week of November, we put together this costume and since we were too late for actual Halloween, Mrs. Snag and I went into different bedroom closets of our house and LGS would walk between the two doors and trick or treat between the two of us. She loved running across the house and getting candy.
The one other thing I remember about this is that she wouldn’t hold still for the camera. We barely got one good picture this year!
Halloween #3 – Audino
So, Mrs. Snag is an audiologist and since Audino is the Hearing Pokemon, I had to get her an Audino plush. Did you know the little curly things hanging down from Audino’s ears are called cochleas?
This one was relatively simple. We basically spiffed up a bunny ear headband from Walmart.
Again, felt is amazing!
Felt and a hot glue gun…
And a cotton tail (and pipe cleaners for the cochleas)!
Halloween #4 – Plusle and Minun
Now, correct me if I am wrong, but these are probably the most difficult costumes you have done.
Until this year… It was a few years before these Plusle and Minun costumes came to fruition. We wanted LGS to be Plusle while she was little and it would be cute.
In fact, we had wanted to do Plusle the year before (when she was Audino), but Audino was easier to accomplish.
Really, for Little Boy Snag (LBS), it was a snow suit that originally looked like a polar bear. The one for LGS was supposed to be a sweatshirt with rabbit ears. I cut off the rabbit ears and put the Plusle ears on. We made the cheeks out of felt and the little plus and minus tails.
They went to daycare with their costumes on and they matched all day.
Halloween #5 – Charmander and Jigglypuff
These ones are a lot of fun. The Chamander one is orange sweat pants, an orange hoodie, and a light yellow t-shirt. The tail was made out of felt and simply sewn onto the back of the pants.
He was like a little puppy: he would go around chasing his tail!
Jigglypuff took a little more work to put together. Mrs. Snag sewed two pink t-shirts together so we could stuff the stuffing inside. There were some adjustments that had to be made to make it work right, but in the end, my amazing wife came through. The ears and hair curl were made by putting felt (what else would you expect) onto a pair of plastic cat ears using hot glue.
Shopping at Michael’s for felt is a must!
The kids had a lot of fun trick or treating with Professor Oak, showing off their costumes. Although, I am surprised LGS didn’t fall down in the Jigglypuff costume. It was really hard to walk and I had to help her for every set of stairs she had to take. At least, if she had fallen down, she would have been VERY padded for her fall.
Thanks for reading. All credit for the creation of these costumes had to go to Mrs. Snag. I really didn’t do too much with these, so that is why I wanted to include her in this article. She is awesome! Any love you show for these, I will make sure she hears! Also, make sure you check out The Fluff by The Fluffiest Whimsicott where she will present the costumes and cosplay from some of the listeners and some of the creators for the site. You might even find a particular writer in costume holding a little Audino, as well…
Smell ya later!