October 22nd, 2013
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I carved my first pumpkin of the season today 🍁🍂🍁 #Halloween #pumpkincarving

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October 26th, 2012
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Homemade Halloween Ideas


Well gang, it’s (nearly) that time of year again! The time of pumpkin carving, crunchy leaves, delicious candy, fattening (yet delicious) Starbucks drinks, fun-creative treats and trick-or-treating drinking in costume. Except. Oh wait. I am in the land Down Under where the ever-so-important holiday of Halloween is sadly overlooked, but do not fret, my pretties, I’ve decided to reminisce with a Halloween post, and perhaps live vicariously through someone out there.

I used to Hate (yes, with a capital H) Halloweeny because as Mean Girls popularized, it was the time of year where all the skinny-minnie girls got to show off their bodies, and I, of course, had no body to show off.
 
But over the years I realized how magical Halloween night is, and how with a good group of people, how fun Halloween costumes can be. And so, as promised in 2011 (a year late? Psssh, that’s how I roll) here’s the “How To” on making my all-time favourite Halloween costumes: Tetris Pieces / iPod commercial / trolls / Ninja Turtles
 
Note how they’re all super easy and for people on a budget - because that’s how I roll.

Tetris Pieces

Ingredients: 4+ friends, kids birthday party table cloth, black garbage bags, back electric tape, boxes, all black clothing.

This is really easy & really cheap, but very time consuming - so plan ahead! We picked up LOTS of regular boxes from Budget car hire, and the rest of the goods from a big dollar store. It’s fairly self explanatory, and just takes lots of planning, and time, but it’s totally worth it - we won best costume that year!!

Essentially you figure out the shapes you want and then figure out how to connect them. When connecting boxes, we cut off two of the flaps to the boxes and then joined the boxes like two scissors coming together (it’s kinda hard to explain). Just make sure they boxes are REALLY tight and secure, and the arm holes are in the right spots. Then cover the shapes with black garbage bags, and then the kid’s birthday table clothes (the reason for the garbage bags was to stop them from being see-through). Finally add the black electrical tape to the corners, and voila! (Link to more photos of this epic night)

Ninja Turtles:

We went to a thrift store and each bought a worker’s green onesie, along with karate green belts. Next we headed to the fabric store to purchase lots (lots!) of brown felt - this would be used for our shells, and muscly abs - and some stretchy fabric for our eye pieces. And lastly The Dollar Store to grab some weapons.

Everything was easily cut to shape (big triangle areas for our abs, and ovals for our shells) and we used a thick, black, permanent marker to draw the abs on our felt chests, and the outlines of the shells (see Bing for help). We stuffed pillows into our shells and secured them to our backs with safety pins. (Also, we did have a Michelangelo, but she was working late when the pics was taken :))

Ballerina Troll

This gem of a Halloween outfit is probably the easiest. American Apparel for some reason carries nude colour onesies, and you can pick up a colourful wigs at any Halloween store along with a tu-tu and material for a gem on your tummy. (The plan wasn’t to be “ballerina” trolls, but I was too self-conscious in the nude onesie - so the tu-tu was a good compromise). 

This night goes down as easily one of my drunkest (so classy, I know), funnest nights of all time.

iPod Commercials:

And last, but not least - iPod commercials. Although part of me now thinks this is a dated idea - sad! It’s also incredibly easy.

Things you’ll need: black outfits, broom stick (no brush attached, just the broom), 4 pieces of each colour bristol board and tape. Essentially we lined up two bristol boards on top of each other and taped the broom stick in the middle of it with 1/2 the broom stick sticking out - the end of the stick went down the backs of our shirts. Then you take the 3rd piece and cover the back. (Again, hard to explain so I hope that makes sense).

Okay. PHEW. So many words and ideas (here some more!). I hope this helps someone with their idea this year - please (please!!) let me know if you copy one as I’d love to see your pics and hear about it.

And, while we’re on the topic of Halloween Costumes - Do YOU have a great idea you’d like to share? Or a link to show us the awesomeness you created? I always love seeing Halloween ideas and getting new ideas!?

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September 9th, 2011
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Smile Friday: I love (love!) drinking in costume edition!

Tetris Pieces
Ballerina Trolls
Ninja Turtles
iPod Commercials - ps. click to enlarge photos!

I was thinking of posting a “How To” tutorial for each of these homemade-super-cheap-and-easy Halloweeny costumes, as I’ll be in Vietnam this year for it, and won’t be able to dance and prance my way down the street dressed up - so I thought I’d live vicariously through you people (and yes, you should already be planning, c’mon! :) )

Would anyone actually want the “how to” guide? Figured I’d check first, because with the packing/move I’m a little busy these days… ??

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November 1st, 2010
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My pumkin didn’t even make the cut for this collage, as it was terrible.  Terrible, people! Terrible! Pumpkin carving is not my forte.

The little kids were adorable, and I wanted to take photos of them to show you, but decided that was simply too creepy. My favs were Harry Potter, Iron Man, Barney the Dinosaur, and a sheep dog.  

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November 1st, 2010
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~ Halloween Sunday ~

Was glorious in and of itself. I slept until 12:30pm (chances are because I got home at 3:30am) which was phenomenballz for me, as I usually either ride or run Sunday mornings (but I went riding Saturday morning instead, and will be running tonight).

I then headed over to my sister and her fiance’s house for a little pumpkin carving, and to give out candy to the little kids, which was freaking FREEZING.

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November 1st, 2010
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Bahaha. Sorry for the bomb of photos. But they’re all just so funny.

Things to note:

  • Like I said, each of the tetris pieces cost us $12!! Thankyouverymuch dollar store.
  • We got stuck in the subway, as we could only exit through the disabled exit, but couldn’t figure out how it worked. We’re smart like this.
  • I lost my camera and freaked out
  • The bartender found my camera. I made him come out from the bar to get a hug. He deserved it.
  • Maneuvering around a bar in a tetris outfit is HARD. The more I drank, the easier it got. People kept trying to sit on me. I was not impressed.
  • My friend who was Buzz Light year, added glowing special effects to his costume. It was INCREDIBLE, as he would light up to the base of the music. (see last photo)
  • I ate pizza for three meals in a row. OMYGOD NO!!  
  • I didn’t black out (I know, I’m so classy that this is even a point), but I usually easily do, so this was good.
  • We did this thing where anyone, at anytime could yell “ASSEMBLE” and all the tetris pieces would find each other, and run into formation. I’m laughing just thinking about this. (we have an awesome video of this too!)
  • Oh also, these costumes were excellent as I could stick my gut out as much as I wanted, and no one would know!

Overall, awesome Halloween Saturday, completely worth the alcohol and food calories.

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November 1st, 2010
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We had A LOT of fun in them.  We were stopped everywhere we went.  People even stopped their cars to take photos of us.

Totes magotes worth the 8 hours it took constructing them! This is when we stopped to take cash out.

The entire night was (pardon my french) fucking-funny!

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November 1st, 2010
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~ Halloween 2010 Weekend of Awesome ~

 The weekend was just that, awesome-awesome. For reals, I won best costume(!!) at the bar I was at! And had a drunken night out with some of my favourite people, which was honestly exactly what I needed.

There was zero drama (a rarity for my group of friends, wahoo!), and just fun, tetris-toy-story-kick-ass times.

By chance, my group of friends and I were the top 3 costumes!! Which resulted in a $100 gift card for me and my tetris amigos, a mini-fridge for 2nd place (Kick Ass and Hit Girl), and 3rd place (Buzz Light Year and Cowgirl) scooped up a few free drinks that night.

It was TONS of fun, and I highly recommend being tetris, if you ever need a cheap (holla! It cost us $12 per person to make!), fun, lots-of-attention costume!

Starting at the beginning, this is how we made the tetris outfits!

 

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November 1st, 2010
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Oh you know, just taking cash out and waiting for the subway. Nbd.

Ps the subway was so CROWDED, twas so funny.

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November 1st, 2010
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Halloween 2010 was phenomenal. And drunk. And phenomenal.  I am so tired right now, I’ll guarantee you I’ll be fast asleep within 20 minutes, thus full posts of this autumn, amazeballz, tetris, weekend will have to come later. 

Happy Halloweeny friends!

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Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!