Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Artemis and Apollo - Symbology

Hi All,

In planning the Artemis and Apollo costumes for Courtney and I, I figured that it would be important to start with the symbology that identified these Gods in Greek art and other depictions. Unlike the painting on this krater, though, I will not be naked. Promise.

  • Bow and arrow (hunt)
  • Lyre (music)
  • Laurel wreath (crown of victory)
  • Sun (later association - Roman)
  • Bow and arrow (hunt)
  • Laurel wreath
  • Moon (later association)

Preview - Kids' Costumes - Medusa and Cyclops

We had a fun Fall Festival in our neighborhood last weekend, so the kids got a chance to wear their costumes early.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween 2012

Hi All,

Now that I've closed the loop on our costumes from last year, I'm pleased to introduce our theme for this year.

Greek Mythology: Of Gods and Monsters

Macey has always had an interest in Greek Mythology (I may have helped instill this), and is particularly fascinated with Medusa. So, when she suggested that she wanted to be Medusa, Courtney and I got to looking and found some fun costume ideas.

Courtney found a great Medusa costume for Macey from Chasing Fireflies, and while browsing the same site, found an awesome Cyclops costume for Jackson. He's still young enough to go along with our ideas - next year will probably be tougher to come together as a family.

Courtney then found a dress that has a definite Greek inspiration. After looking at her choice, I thought that it was fitting of a more natural, earth-like goddess. With her short hair and this dress, I suggested Artemis. She had no problem with this, so I figured that my choice was apparent. I would go as Apollo.

So, for our Greek Mythology: Of Gods and Monsters theme, here is our lineup:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Family Photos - The Nightmare Before Christmas - 2011

And here we are - the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Here are a few more:

Oogie Boogie Costume - Building the Body

Hi All,

To build the body, I started by folding three yards (if I remember correctly) of burlap in half, lengthwise, and made a simple tunic by cutting a hole in the top for my head.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I can't believe that I didn't finish this!

Hi All,

I just pulled this up to start adding entries about our costumes for this year, and I saw that I never finished up writing the entries for our costumes for last year.


I'll hammer out the rest of the entries about last year over the next couple of days, in case you are interested in doing something like this for Halloween this year. It's getting a bit tight now, though, so I apologize.