He hasn't actually Trick or Treated since he was in 5th grade, but dress up? YOU BET.
When he was little my favorite costume was this one
I mean, c'mon! My little stinker.
When he started choosing his own costumes, they were, well, not the norm. Like, seriously, what 8 year old begs to be D'Artagnan for Halloween? Just mine.
When he was 13 he wanted to be The Dread Pirate Roberts for a Halloween Dance. I'm so proud.
When he was 14 we went to the Ohio Comic Con. He wanted to be Doctor Horrible. Awesome.
I can't even begin to tell you how many people asked for photos of him. It was insane.
This amazing re-creation was made by my talented Mother in Law. (along with the skunk and D'Artagnan- as well as many others through the years). Rule 1 here. Tina doesn't sew. Ever.
And this, just last week at our Youth Group Fall Fest...
V from V for Vendetta.
There have been many, many other costumes in between, from dressing up for Ren Fest, to Eleven for our Doctor Who party, to Ron Weasley for our Hogwarts parties, to all his costumes for plays... He does enjoy a good disguise.
One thing he never dressed as? A monster. No idea why, but he never, ever dressed as anything creepy or spooky. Probably why my Monster cookies are cute instead of creepy, eh?
These guys are totally fast and easy. A great project for your little ones this halloween (or anytime, monsters are always in season!). Kids will love rolling these in the jimmies!
This starts with a basic Snickerdoodle cookie. You will tint the dough, then, instead of rolling in cinnamon and sugar, you will roll in jimmies. These could be any color you want, I just really liked my purple jimmies. I even think they would be totally cute if they were rolled in the (very easy to find) rainbow jimmies! Top with a big dot of buttercream, then with buttercream tinted black, draw on your pupil and mouth. Give him a lopsided grin, give him a wiggly mouth, big grin, little grin, it's all up to you!
Easy, no special skills required.
And lookit how cuuuuuuute.
However, Dear Monster, no matter how cute you are... you are going in my belly!
Sorry, not sorry!
NOW, for more eyebally goodness, step on over to Bakingdom and check out the Soft & Chewy Googly Eye Cookies that Darla made! You won't believe your EYES. (I HAD to say it).
PS, tint these puppies green and roll in green jimmies and you have Mike Wazowski!
You can find lots of great jimmies at Bake it Pretty.
One Eye Monster Cookies
by Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
Ingredients1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening (I prefer Crisco)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Add food coloring and mix until well blended. Shape dough (about a tablespoon) into balls. Roll balls in jimmies. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets (or parchment/silpat lined sheets). Lightly flatten. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. (I baked mine 8 minutes)
Allow cookies to cool completely.
Make up a batch of buttercream. Use this to pipe** on the eyeballs. Pipe the pupils and mouth from buttercream tinted black.
*I recommend gel colorings
**Wilton Tip numbers: Eyeball- 1A, Pupil- 12, Mouth- 13
slightly adapted from this recipe found at www.allrecipes.com.