Months ago, maybe even last year, when I asked Monkey what he wanted to be for Halloween, he replied that he wanted to be a mosquito.
What 6 year old kid wants to be a mosquito? I had other suggestions. How about a dragon? A pirate? Captain America? A cowboy? A firefighter? Nope. The kid really, really wanted to be a mosquito.
And that's fine. Only how does one go about making a mosquito costume? The costume section at Target suddenly seems quite mundane. This forced me to get creative and actually make a costume. I found some wire shaped fairy wings, that I bent into a more insect-like shape and then spray painted gray. We bought gray sweats and a gray and black striped hat. I got a black headband and fasted on black pipe cleaner antennae. The nose was the hardest part: it ended up being a engineering feat that combined a blue baby suction bulb and a paper towel roll that was covered in duct tape (yes, a little red-neck, I know, but sometimes, you just have to go with what works.) I painted the tip of the nose red for good measure.
Bug was a lot easier. He decided to ditch the cuter costumes of previous years and go with something more Halloween classic: a vampire. Fortunately, all the requisite parts of this costume were easily purchased at a store.
It was only when we were doing a trial run of the costumes that we realized there was a theme to the boys' costumes. Both are blood suckers.
Blood suckers hungry for candy.