‘Tis the season when parenting blogs across the internet highlight the intricate DIY costumes that their families wore for Halloween. Like mom-sewn versions of Princess Kate Middleton’s dresses or Elmo costumes made from Elmo’s actual fur. We made sure that everyone dressed up this year ’cause I was not about to miss out on the $2 burritos that Chipotle was offering to customers in costume.
The Cool Bros’ costumes were courtesy of Cool Mum’s mum, which is why they’re so darn cute. Cool Mum and I put together our costumes a few minutes before hopping in the car.
COOL BOY: Wilson from Chuggington
Wilson is a train from the show Chuggington, which is Disney’s CGI answer to Thomas the Tank Engine. I’ve never seen the show, so I always think that Wilson’s name is Chuggington. That drives CB crazy. The hat features Wilson’s air horn, which thankfully is inoperable.
COOL NEWBIE: Superman
Newbie was shrouded in shadow in the pic, so here’s a better look:
That was from Malloween at Florida Mall. Again, a better blog than ours would have Elmo’s actual head for their candy bucket; Newbie’s was a mere plastic replica.
COOL DAD: “Lifeguard”
The most we can ask is to do the best with what we have. Well, the striped Old Navy swimming shorts were the most outlandish thing I packed on my trip to Florida. I combined them with a tie-dye shirt found in a closet, flip-flops, sunglasses, and lotion smeared on my nose. To really sell the look, I put on some of the Cool Bros’ arm floaties. This doesn’t make any sense as a lifeguard would (hopefully) have no need for toddler arm floaties, but I just wanted to communicate that this was a costume, and I just wasn’t a typical beach bum. Hasselhoff, eat your heart out.
COOL MUM: “Beatnik”
I was ready for the Chipotle people to make us pay full price for this one. CM took a normal black outfit with knit cap and added one key element: a palette of watercolors, which transformed her from a devoted stay-at-home homeschooling mom to a snooty beatnik. (The watercolors came with our homeschool curriculum.)
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As a Halloween happy ending, we were all approved for $2 burritos. Thanks, Chipotle!