Elise chose a super cute character to be for Halloween, but that super cute character’s costume didn’t lend itself to the chilly Minnesota climate very well so we had to improvise.
I scored the skirt on landsend.com for $7.99 because all their school uniform clothes were on clearance at the time. It is a great skirt that will last a long time. The shirt is also from Lands End. I had to order the suspenders from Amazon because no body sells kid suspenders in stores anymore – believe me I checked them all. The knee-high socks and shoes were cheap from Target.
So even though I spent just under the amount on both of the boys’ costumes combined on Elise’s costume, everything that I bought can be worn again in a non costume setting. The boys will wear their costumes until they don’t fit or the seams rip but they won’t be wearing them to school or church.
What really tipped the Halloween budget scales was Elise and my hunt to find a red pea coat so she could still be Eloise while trick or treating, but also be warm enough not to turn into a popsicle.
We ended up finding a great coat at Old Navy, and I bought it extra big so it should last two years, maybe three if I stop feeding her veggies and protein.
All of that back story on the costume was leading up to this, the reason we were at the Mall of America the morning of Halloween was because the Old Navy in the MOA was the only Old Navy within a 30 mile radius that had a red pea coat in stock. Naturally I took advantage of the setting and took some photos of Elise as Eloise pretending to be in front of her home, the Plaza.
Elise, “I am Eloise.”
“I am six!”
“I have a dog and the dog’s name is Weenie! The dog is small. Lucy is a big dog.”
Patrick spent the week coaching Elise. I didn’t do any of this. Patrick would say a line and Elise would recite the line back to him. He would make a great director.
“I live at a HOTEL! PAZA HOTEL!” (she can’t say the ‘pl’ sound yet)
Last year’s Lady Bug Girl costume was super cute but this year’s costume was way more fun. Both required a dog and both were literary characters. I think I see a trend starting. Maybe Annie and Sandy next year? Elise has 364 more days to choose.
Tim and I both agree that the costume was worth every penny.