The Star Wars Halloween Special

Princess Leia is armed. You must give her candy.

The costume came from the store, the blaster came from Disneyland (batter-operated and makes great sound effects), and the hair…

The hair is Ane’s own. Really. The costume came with a wig, but Ane grew her hair out specifically to be able to have her own Princess Leia buns. Her hair is quite fine and not very thick, so my secret was? Two words: mini bagels. At the suggestion of Little Mo and Big Jay’s mom Jenny, who did this while dressing up in college once, you leave a couple of bagels (mini in the case of a kid Ane’s age) out to dry for a few days, then make ponytails, wrap them around the bagels, and bobby-pin in place. The dry bagel is stiff enough to hold bobby pins and hair. You can see the results:

She was thrilled. She was totally in character. She loved her costume. We went through the drive-thru at Wendy’s to get a Frosty for Obachan, and the people at the window caught sight of her and started raving and tossing candy at her.

I mean, wouldn’t YOU give her candy?

She was accompanied by her ever-faithful brother, Tad the Jawa:

The costume is vintage Halloween 1983, made by Grandma for the Captain when he was three years old. We looked at the old pictures from that Halloween while we were at Grandma and Gichan’s house last night (I was a ballerina that year, and Resiss was a three-month-old baby, so she wasn’t in costume), and Tad is a bit taller than the Captain was at that age. Of course, Tad has a couple months on the Captain in this costume, because the Captain’s birthday is the day before Halloween, but the Jawa robe was shorter on Tad. Still, very cute with the Webmaster’s bandolier and utility pouches wrapped around his waist and chest, and the blaster that Gichan made in hand. The costume cost exactly $0. I can go with that.

Apparently, we believe in arming our children for Halloween. An armed society is a polite one. It also gets lots of candy.

May the Force be with you. And with your candy.

6 Responses to “The Star Wars Halloween Special”

  1. Auntie
    November 1st, 2008 19:48

    That is the cutest thing i have ever seen!

  2. Ressis
    November 1st, 2008 20:19

    Ane’s hair looks fantastic! It makes the outfit.

  3. Aunt Mary
    November 1st, 2008 22:03

    Mini bagels! That is so funny! The kids look really cute!

  4. linda
    November 2nd, 2008 14:45

    Wow! I am glad we are here and these two are/were there! The wee ones look Fantastic! and, I would never have thought of using bagels! hugs…

  5. Matthew
    November 2nd, 2008 16:05

    So cool. I’m totally jealous at the awesomeness of those costumes.

  6. Friend
    November 3rd, 2008 21:25

    The bagels were brilliant! My kids’ costumes cost me $0 also this year. One was a gift and one was recycled from last year (thank you Head for wanting to be Bob the Tomato!).