Halloween Recap

Happy Candy Coma Day!

But seriously, did you guys get Reese’s Pumpkin wasted last night once the kids went to bed? Ain’t no shame in the steal-your-kids-candy-game. You deserve it after all of the work you put in getting costumes together and going door to door!

Whether you’re wearing your stretchy pants today or not, I hope you had a good Halloween.

Ours was a typical Franklin holiday. Read: maximum effort from mom, minimal excitement from kids.

I handcrafted about 80% of our costumes this year, and we literally wore them for 30 minutes. Declan was done the minute I put his chest plate on, and a wagon tumble ended our night after trick-or-treating at only two houses.

We let the kids stay up for a while and help pass out candy, which they surprisingly loved. 

And even though the costumes only lasted a hot second, I still love the way they turned out.

I fell in love with the idea of being characters from Disney’s Hercules, but there were ZERO costumes online to accommodate my dream. I was shocked that Disney doesn’t sell a Hercules costume! In fact, the only thing I could find was an old pattern, but I don’t know how to sew so that was a no go.

So for Declan’s costume (Hercules), I purchased a knight’s armor from Party City and spray painted it brown. Then I added the golden swirl details with a paint pen. I connected the blue cape to the armor, and handcrafted a belt with faux leather and an old purse strap. I also made him the “symbol of the God’s” but you can’t see it in any of the photos because he kept pulling his chest piece down over it.


I used the leftover faux leather to make his wristbands and some red fabric for the headband. And since I have no sewing skills, I applied velcro to everything to make it all stay in place.

The finished product was perfection. I mean, come on! Look at this guy.

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

I found my Megara dress on Etsy for like $40 (it’s actually a bridesmaid dress, shhh!) and then I used molding clay to create the golden pins. I also used the clay to create the skull brooch for Derek’s Hades costume, and Declan’s “symbol of the God’s” pendant, of course.

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

My artistic skills are very limited, but I was very pleased with how they came out. Especially the skull for Hades.

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

For Derek’s costume, I also had to create the wig. The closest I could find to the style I needed was a troll wig, so I snagged that and spray painted/styled it to be the blue flames I needed for the look.

I grabbed some black fabric for the toga, a grey shirt, and called it a day on Derek’s costume. The body paint was an entirely different story. We ended up almost forgetting about that part until Halloween day, so Derek had to run to the store to grab some paint. But they only had “corpse grey” which I found out was code for “cracks when applied”. It ended up working out, but it was a pain in the ass.

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

Bennett was Herc’s bestie and mentor, Phil. The Satyr costume was a breeze. All I did was grab some brown leggings and apply a fringed yarn to them with fabric spray. I also bought him some horns, but he refused to put them on and I wasn’t going to force it. His little toosh looked soooo cute though!

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

I was really proud with how well everything came out, considering it was the first time I had ever taken on such a huge project! I told Derek that he and the boys get to choose the costumes next year, so I’m pretty sure I will be trading in my pretty dress costumes for a big fat puffy frog one instead.  And if that’s the case, I’ll rock it just like Derek rocked an entire tube of body paint.

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

What did you guys dress up as this year? I’d love to hear from you and/or see photos!