Happy November! We’re still riding high from our Halloween candy-induced coma. A sweet friend hosted dinner and drinks at her house and then we went trick-or-treating as a large group. I know I sound like a broken record when talking about our neighborhood but it really is a fantastic place to live and I recommend this little corner of northern Virginia to everyone wanting recommendations on where to live upon receiving orders to the national capital region. One of my favorite things that our little neighborhood school does is the book character parade on Halloween morning, which consists of the kids walking around the track while parents ooh and ahh while snapping photos and cheering them on.
The kids decided chose not to wear the costumes we purchased for trick-or-treating this year to the book character parade. Instead of trying to find a book that corresponded with a skeleton and a witch, they wanted to pick a character from their favorite books. And that is how we ended up with Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cindy Lou Who from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
For Cindy Lou Who, we sectioned off the top of her hair and used a toilet paper roll for height and braided her sides with pipe cleaners. She wore her Christmas dress from last year and the red capelet is the Christmas tree skirt for our small tree. I made the bow from ribbon that I found in one of our Christmas box. And then told her to cover her eyes as I sprayed enough hairspray to make Poison weep with jealously. Her costume was easy, fun, and free.
I am happy to report that her hair held up the entire day and the braids only fell out when using the monkey bars upside down on the playground after school. She absolutely loved being Cindy Lou Who and I couldn’t have picked a better character for her to be for the parade.
Greg Heffley was another easy costume but not entirely free. I purchased the white T-shirt ($3 at Michaels) and the Hello My Name Is tags ($2 at CVS) but other than that, it was simple to throw together. We also sprayed his hair jet black but the blonde was peeking through almost immediately. The little guy absolutely loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (it’s his favorite!) so there was no question as to who he’d be for the book character parade.
I adore how their school allows children to dress up on Halloween and incorporates books into the event. Both costumes were comprised of stuff we had laying around the house and we had a lot of fun together working on the finishing touches the morning of the parade. It got me thinking about who I would dress up as in a book character parade…maybe Sarah Silvia Cynthia Stout or Mrs. Piggle Wiggle or Barney Northrup from The Westing Game. If you were in a book character parade, who would you dress up as?