This last week I've been putting together yearbook pages for my kids' football (soccer) teams, trying to sort out my soon-to-be-closed Bloglines account and taking Halloween costume requests. My niece even gave me a hand drawn design to follow for her costume...
I realised that I never got around to showing last year's costumes, though. That was the year that I shamelessly used my subtle powers of persuasion to steer my kids towards something that required very little work on my part.
So, a thief and a policewoman it was. For the thief we already had a stripey shirt, dark trousers and hat, so all that I needed to make was the mask. As for the policewoman, we already had the trousers, pretend police badge, toy handcuffs etc. and the shirt was one of her brother's old ones. All I did was sew a patch on the sleeves. Easy-peasy.I used an iron-on transfer and some cheap cotton to make a swag bag and evidence bag for them to collect their treats in. I don't think that anyone noticed the bags, but it did make me feel slightly less lazy...
Translation of the day:
UK English: nick = to steal in US English
UK English: nick = to arrest in US English
UK English: nick = a prison or police station in US English
So, if you nick something you might be nicked and end up in the nick. Got that?
UK English: it's a fair cop = light-hearted way to admit that you were caught doing something wrong
UK English: old bill / bobbies / constables / the filth / peelers / the plod / rashers / rozzers = the police in US English.
nb. I should probably mention that some of these terms are less complimentary than others...
My son had to write a piece about Halloween for school this week and he mentioned my making a costume for him as if it was a given - that he had not even considered it being any other way. It's funny how each year I think that it will probably be the last year before they start asking for store-bought costumes like their friends have, yet each year they prove me wrong. When one of my son's friends showed up in one of those muscled Batman suits, I was sure that my son would look at the Batman suit that I made him with complete disdain, but he loved it. Still does, actually - I keep catching him squeezing into it every now and again...
Ok, I had better run: it's probably about time that I got started on this year's costumes...