If you know me, you know I have a long tradition of making my kids’ (and mine when there’s time) Halloween costumes. This year, this COVID Year That Is 2020, was no exception. The only difference was there was actually time to make myself a costume AND there were pretty much no places whatsoever to show any of them off in person. Ah, you sneaky trickster, Coronavirus!
So for the sake of posterity, here are the costumes we fashioned up. My kids were characters from Nickelodeon’s Splatoon2 video game and both kids helped make parts of their costumes (I suspect my eldest will be in charge of his full costume come next year, so I think this is the passing of the torch “bridge year”!)
Little kiddo on the left is specifically a frying pan-wielding Salmonid Chum from Splatoon’2′s Salmon Run. All parts constructed with cardboard from the recycling bin, butcher paper, masking tape, paint and trusty hot glue.
I drafted up the body in one go and was happy to see that my plan to make the sleeves look as much like fins as possible worked…the client is satisfied! Brief, nailed!
The eldest kiddo chose to be an Octoling, also from Nintendo’s Splatoon2 game. We worked together on the head and visor, he came up with the ear construction idea (cardboard shoe inserts, that clever kid!), and he made the paint roller all by himself!
And with all that completed, I was still able to find time to make my idea come to life. I could not pass up the chance to fully encapsulates this year PLUS it’s the easiest and fasted Zoom-friendly costume, which is also so fitting for this hot mess of a year….
It even has wheels (with one of them messed up and facing the wrong way, as often seems the case), so if you choose not to wear it, it can sit nicely on display….you know, because what better thing is there to commemorate this dumpster fire that is 2020, than a dumpster fire of 2020 halloween costume.