Well, here are the kiddos 2009 costumes! We had to get all dressed up for the annual carnival at church on Saturday.
Her fave accessory was her time-turner (although I think she liked having her hair crimped, too). It is pretty darn cool, I admit. It's this that I ordered from Half.com to put away for Christmas - and when it arrived in a completely smashed box, I got refunded but got to keep it. Which worked out pretty great for Halloween.
Ron - he's even got the red hair for it. He has Scabbers the rat (an IKEA toy we already had) sewn to the shoulder of his robe. Although we should probably have used the brown rat instead?
And a little blonde Harry, whose bangs usually cover up his lightning-bolt scar. He kept being goofy and waving when I was trying to get a shot of him, so I ended up with one shot of him exactly blocking his face.
So here's the deal - after much deliberating they all chose these costumes independently! I was pretty excited, because I loved the Star Wars theme year (and you know I was excited for a possible Lord of the Rings theme - but they nixed that eventually). My mom made the Hogwarts robes - she made them up based on an angel costume pattern. Yep, she amazes me, too, with her mad sewing skillz. She bought the fabric with her Joann's coupon so they didn't cost much. I think they turned out AWESOME.
I ironed on the Hogwarts logos and sewed the button + loop fasteners. I also made the scarves from fleece - which took no time at all. We bought the ties and Harry's glasses (ironically the one kid who doesn't wear glasses needed them and the other two took their glasses off) - everything else we had around (white shirts, pants/skirts, sticks for wands - which we didn't bring to the carnival).
We even had Hedwig! I found an official Hedwig owl at a yard sale this summer (it was free even!) and put it away for Halloween because I knew they were all considering Harry Potter characters. We forgot to bring Crookshanks, but we had that planned, too
Thomas was less than excited about putting on a shirt and tie for the
carnival. Until he saw how awesome his sibs looked - then he didn't
complain at all - and asked to put it all back on the next day! I'd forgotten that 'church clothes' are not his fave and might cause a problem.The coolest part was just that we had all three characters, I think. And the kids have new awesome dressups to add to their collection - and to wear whenever they watch a Harry Potter movie or read the books - so I think they'll be in use a lot!