Sunday, October 31, 2010


For Halloween this year, Calvin was Russell and Tyler was Carl Fredricksen from "Up." I was so excited about making this costume.

****For previous Halloween Posts, see:
Halloween 2009: Where the Wild Things Are
Halloween 2011: Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood
Halloween 2012: A World of Pure Imagination
Halloween 2013: I've Got No Strings
Halloween 2015: The Force Awoke

Russell's outfit had so many little things to put together. I loved figuring out ways to scale everything down to Calvin size. It was a lot of fun, and I was so happy with how it turned out.

I worked a lot with PhotoFabric, a colorfast fabric that has a paper backing to allow you to put it directly into your inkjet printer. I was able to then print images of merit badges and the Wilderness explorer logo for his sash, hat, and little flag. At first I had some problems because the thick fabric paper would jam every time I would try to print on it. I was ready to give up, but decided to just pull the fabric away from the paper backing and just stick the fabric into the printer. I had to be careful to make sure the fabric wouldn't bunch as it was pulled through, but it printed out perfect the first time! It was amazing- I just printed these out!

Then they have you run it under water until it runs clear, and then you iron it.

Then, I just cut them out and sewed them on the little sash I made!
Russell's backpack was pretty easily made with a variety of things I found at the thrift store nearby. I was able to find the perfect little things to go on it. I got some various tiny pots and pans, and a little handbag with a long strap to become his backpack. I cut the straps off and made little backpack straps and straps for the bedroll with it. I got a little dog harness from the dollar store, and it became all the little brown straps that I hung little carabiners on to carry the pans, compass, rope, flashlight, bugle, etc. The rest of the outfit was just some Russell-ish articles of clothing that Calvin already had or that were easily found.
The BEST part about the costume was that Calvin LOVED it. Seriously, when he'd see his backpack around the house, he'd beg to put it on. He has been wearing the costume since Friday and has never once wanted to take the backpack or hat off. This costume was exactly his kind of thing!
On Friday, we went to our church Halloween party. Everyone loved his costume again this year as he won the costume contest again! Our chili also won the Chili Cookoff for the 2nd year running (I have to give all credit for this to Jennifer)! We had lots of fun! And between the clanging of his backpack and the balloons tied to him, we could hear and see Calvin no matter where he was at the party! A great unforeseen perk of this costume!

On Saturday, we went trick-or-treating at Macey's (the grocery store-- I'm not misspelling the name of the department store). Calvin didn't really get the idea of going around and holding out his bag for candy, and instead just wandered around the store, finding himself being tripped over by the other trick-or-treaters. He began causing quite a disturbance when people started getting out their phone and taking pictures of him. One woman took a picture, and then another man ran up saying, "You're doing pictures?!" and whipped out his iPhone to snap a quick shot too. I felt excited and flattered that they liked the costume so much, but then get a little scared as shoppers started to stare to see what the ruckus was. We left shortly afterward. Calvin loved the attention.

Sam and I went as Red and Mokey from Fraggle Rock. These were a little more whipped together and not quite as polished as Russell, but I was very happy with the product nonetheless. Let me tell you though, if you ever need colored tights, don't waste your time trying to find them anywhere. We went to about 15 different stores and finally found purple ones, but never found yellow. Save yourself some time and just buy white tights and dye them. The dying didn't take long and they ended up just the color we wanted. Also, I was happy with the wig I made for Mokey. Only took yarn, a hat, a glue gun, and an hour.
Phew! I am pretty burnt out from crafting costumes, but so glad that everything turned out well. I don't know how I can ever make a cooler costume for Calvin, though. I need to start planning now for next year.

Calvin trying on his not-quite-finished costume for the first time. 

*****For those interested in making this costume, I found the merit badges here. Just print them whatever size you need them, cut them out, and sew them on a sash!*****

Other Halloween Years:
Halloween 2009: Where the Wild Things Are
Halloween 2011: Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood
Halloween 2012: A World of Pure Imagination
Halloween 2013: I've Got No Strings


Marianne said...

Oh my gosh, that is my favorite costume ever! Calvin is adorable. Such a good idea. Enjoy costuming him while you can. Collin was Buzz lightyear this year and I'm seeing many more super heroes in our future. No fun.

Kate said...

I'll say it again: you're amazing! I don't think I'll ever live up to the Halloween amazingness in Dave's eyes – he's so impressed by the Calvin costumes. But I won't even feel bad. I'm just hoping our baby is as cute as yours.

I'm glad I got to see you this weekend.

Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

That is it! THE BEST Halloween costume I saw this year, you win! Your prize? A new
Ha, seriously wow, awesome costume and so well executed!

danniey said...

Thanks so much, Sarah! It really came together and made me want to make more things. I don't know if I can ever top it though. I'll try!

Taylor and Dean said...

Danniey- SOOOO cute! I LOVE it! So much that I wrote in capital letters. Seriously you are amazing and so talented! Tyler's costume was perfect too and of course you and Sam were awesome. Dressing up is the best! Looking at these pics made me wish we still lived together for these types of holidays! Sorry Tyler and Calvin ;)

Margaret said...

Danniey, you are soooo talented and creative. (You cetainly have inherited your Dad's traits!) Thanks for posting this. You are amazing, and Calvin and Tyler look fabulous! Blessings to you all!

Aunt Margie

Leah Florence said...

That is the cutest costume! That is going to be one of those pictures that goes down in Wright family history. you have a lot to live to for next year! Calvin is just so cute!!

Jennifer said...

Two words: Amazing Costume!

Little Wife Power House... said...

So cute! Where did you find all of the merit badges and everything? You have seriously inspired me!

Lulu said...

What an awesome idea! Please, please, please share your template for the merit badges. Lincoln, my 2 year old would love this costume.

danniey said...

Here is the link for the badges! Also, if you can't find any tiny pots and pans at a local thrift store, Ikea has a great little set that could be used! Good luck! If you make this costume, I'd love for you to post a link to pictures!!!

Lulu said...

You're the best! Thanks for the link and the headsup about Ikea. I'm going to start working on this project today. I'll let you know how it goes :)

Kimberly Michelle said...

these costumes (inclusive of the Fraggles) are just so absolutely wonderful!!!

Lulu said...

I made the costume for Lincoln this year! And it's adorable! THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!!

Check out the photos on my blog:

Noelle said...

Just wanted you to know, I found your post from pinterest and you inspired me to put together costumes for my little boy and my husband. Thanks for the idea!

Carlota Nelson said...

Hi Danniey! My name is Carlota. Im wriitng you from Spain. I write for a Parenting Blog called the Toy Blog and would love to feature the amazing UP costume! I need to know whether I can get permission from you to use the photograph. I will reference your blog explicitly on the post. Please write to me when you can. I need to send it in tomorrow.

amynicole86 said...

Hi Danniey!

Love the costume. I work for Today's Parent magazine ( I'm doing a roundup of DIY costumes for families, kids and babies (yep, we work pretty far ahead). I would love to include the UP costume and the Willy Wonka costume on your site in my gallery. I would credit the photo accordingly and direct our readers to your site for instructions. Please let me know as soon as possible:


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