Halloween 2017, MEO’s DIY Bat Costume!

This year Mary Ellen wants to be a BAT for Halloween! She’s so creative and she’s getting old enough to have a vision for what she wants. It’s so fun getting to help her and seeing her little creative mind go wild. I try really hard to help her bring her visions to life because I want her to know she can do anything she wants. I want to show her that when she has a “great idea” (she claims all of her ideas to be “great”), to go after it. I want her to know that she can do or create anything she wants. Sometimes we have to try more than once, but we always keep trying.

So, together her and I searched and scrolled through ten thousand bat costumes on Pinterest (see board) and she came up with exactly what she wanted for her costume. Even though I’m doing most of the “work”, she’s been a part of picking out details and overall has been part of the whole process.

Step 1. I have no idea what I’m doing, but MEO wants to be a bat for Halloween and I have an old tshirt, some fabric stabilizer and an imagination soooo let’s see how this goes! πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ¦‡


Step 2. Making progress on MEO’s bat costume πŸ¦‡


Step 3. Stitching in some little details πŸ¦‡

I’ll keep updating as I (we) make progress!


Halloween was a blast and MEO’s costume was a hit. So much so, she won the costume contest at the Karate International Halloween Party! She may have persuaded the judges a little with her sweet dance moves, since everyone else just stood there. πŸ˜‚ THAT’S MY GIRL, MEO!

It makes me so happy to see her out there having fun. I try really hard to teach (and show) her that it’s okay to be silly and have fun even if no one else is. If you feel like dancing, for goodness sake, DANCE! I’m so afraid she’s going to lose that freedom as she grows up.

Okay getting sidetracked. Back to HALLOWEEN!

Oh, I almost forgot. At the dojo party, she decided she wanted to be a Deputy Gold Belt Bat, so she’s wearing her belt here too. She was very particular about her face paint. Having fangs was one of the most important parts of the costume to her.

We spent Halloween night, a Tuesday this year, trick-or-treating in Mimi’s neighborhood with MEO’s cousin Christopher. She got a TON of candy… that Josh and I might or might not have eaten most of. (MEO, if you’re reading this when you’re older…. I’m sorry I ate your candy….)

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