It’s the end of the night (at least for us parents of toddlers) and our whirlwind Halloween already feels like a distant memory. People keep telling me 18 months is such a busy age, and let me tell you, tonight that could not be more true!
We spent the day trying to keep our sick baby happy, doing laundry while Brayden made a mess of everything else and finishing up our homemade costumes that I’ve been working on for a few weeks (somehow procrastination set in and I got so far behind). We really used every last minute finishing up before it was time to head out. Brayden was so cranky all day from his cold and we really struggled to keep him happy earlier in the evening, so I really thought trick or treating would turn out to be a horrible idea, but we had a whole group of family coming to our house so we just had to go with it.
Once we got out of the house and got started it was like we had a whole different baby than we had been dealing with all day. He ran up to the first house with his cousin and knocked on the door and he was hooked on this Halloween thing, this kid was uncontrollable! Next thing you know I’m here in my Minnie Mouse costume and boots running after this boy as he races from door to door. Who knew the older kids would be trying to keep up with us! He absolutely loved every second of it, and so did we. People kept laughing at how enthusiastic he was, and we even won the neighborhood contest for cutest costumes (yay!).
It made me so happy to see how much fun he had, and made our whole struggle of a day so worthwhile just to see the sweet look on his face. Technically this is his second Halloween, last year he was only 6 months, so it feels like the first. It was the first year we got to see that magical look in his eyes and trick or treat as a family. It was even more special to be able to share it with our parents and Brayden’s cousins.
*On a side note, if you’re wondering how to make your own Mickey Mouse baby costume here it is! We used black Target baby leggings, a black turtleneck from Amazon, the shoes are Mickey slippers from the Disney store, Mickey hands and ears from Party City, and the shorts were homemade. I bought a 1/2 yard of red velvet from Joann and some big white cartoonish buttons that I got glued on the shorts!
*Minnie Mouse: I used some Minnie fabric to make a slip for the tutu that I just kept cutting until it worked. I used 4 yards of red tulle and found some tutorials online to give me ideas of how to put it together, Minnie ears from Party City