Craft Saturday – King Boo Perler

If you’re looking for a fun and easy Halloween craft for your video game-loving kids, or for your video game-loving self, check out this King Boo. There are several variation of King Boo perler projects on Pinterest, but I particularly like this version. The black edging really stands out against King Boo’s white ghost body. Unfortunately, I was not able to track down the original creator.

This King Boo perler is not difficult, though as you can see, it will take more than one square pegboard to put him together. All of the colors could easily be found in a standard multi-color tray of perler beads. You could even use the mini beads to make a mini King Boo. Those of you who already have perler beads in the house will likely not have to spend anything to finish this project. Starting from scratch, though, will cost around $15.

Have fun making this King Boo perler. And for more Halloween fun, try this Mimikyu cross stitch. Happy Halloween crafting, everyone!

 

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Craft Saturday – Mimikyu Cross Stitch

With Halloween nearly upon us, you might be looking for some cute, spooky craft projects to keep your kids or yourself entertained. Try this adorable Mimikyu cross stitch from EvenstarCraftsCo. This Pokémon likes to dress themselves up (in an adorkably awful fashion) as Pikachu to make friends. It’s rumored that seeing it’s true form is deadly. Poor li’l guy.

Isn’t he cute! I was told that this is one of the pattern creator’s must-have Pokémon when she plays the game. That’s probably why this Mimikyu cross stitch is so well done. If you were to purchase everything needed to stitch this pattern, including hoop and needle, the project will cost you around $10. Coming in at 3×3 1/2 inches, this pattern is great for beginners and fans alike.

I hope you enjoy this spooky Mimikyu cross stitch as much as I do. If you enjoyed this one, try the Legend of Zelda Sheikah Eye cross stitch pattern featured here. Make sure you check out EvenstarCraftsCo on Etsy for more cross stitch patterns. You can find her on Twitter (@EvenstarCrafts) and Instagram (evenstarcrafts) as well.

Happy Halloween crafting!

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Pokémon Halloween Costumes 2017

Welcome to the collection of this year’s Pokémon Halloween Costumes. There are some super cute ones out this year. If you don’t see the Pokémon your child wanted to dress up as, try an internet search for a hat or a headband. There are several hats and headbands of various Pokémon available, such as this hat for Umbreon, or this headband for Sylveon. Add a matching colored shirt, a homemade tail, and maybe some face paint and your Kiddo is all set to be their favorite Pokémon for Halloween. Most of the following links are from Amazon. You can double check Target, HalloweenCostumes.com, Party City, and Walmart to find the best price.

For Kids

Pikachu with Mask – A Pikachu one-piece jumpsuit with an attached tail and a mask.

Pikachu with Hat – A Pikachu jumpsuit with an attached tail and a hat.

Pikachu Hoodie – This is a yellow hoodie with ears and a tail. Could be wearable after Halloween.

Pikachu Simple – Simply a headband, tail, and red check stickers. Add a yellow shirt to complete the look.

Pikachu Dress V1 – This costume is a dress with cap sleeves, hat, glovelettes, and leg warmers.  Yellow leggings or tights will finish this costume.

Pikachu Dress V2 – Arguably the cuter of the two Pikachu dresses, this one is a Pikachu hoodie dress with attached tail and ears. Add yellow leggings or tights to complete the look.

Bulbasaur Hoodie – A hoodie with an attached bulb. Might be wearable after Halloween.

Bulbasaur Simple – Just the hat and bulb. Finish the costume with a light blue-green shirt.

Bulbasaur Dress – Hoodie dress with attached bulb. Add light blue-green leggings or tights to complete the look.

Charizard – A full jumpsuit with attached wings and tail and a hat.

Charizard Hoodie – Hoodie with attached wings and tail.

Charizard Simple – A hat, set of wings, and tail. To complete the costume, just add an orange shirt.

Charizard Dress – Hooded dress with attached wings and tail. Add orange leggings or tights to finish the look.

Eevee Dress – This dress is by far everyone’s favorite. It’s a hoodie dress with ears and tail. Just add brown leggings or tights.

Jigglypuff Simple – A Jigglypuff hat and microphone. Add a pink shirt for a finished costume.

Jigglypuff Dress – Dress with hood and a microphone accessory. Pink leggings or tights will complete the outfit.

Mudkip – One-piece hooded costume with attached tail and plush head.

Squirtle – A Squirtle jumpsuit with attached shell and tail and a hat

Squirtle Hoodie – A hoodie with an attached tail and shell. Could be wearable after Halloween.

Squirtle Simple – Just a hat and backpack shell. Add an aqua blue shirt and possibly yellow/tan vest to complete the costume.

Squirtle Dress -This costume is a dress with a hoodie, shell, and tail. To complete the look, add aqua blue leggings or tights.

Torchic – Another one-piece costume with a plush head on the hood.

Treeko – One-piece costume with an attached tail and a soft plushie head on the hood.

Ash with Mask – The most well known Pokémon trainer. This costume comes with a jumpsuit and mask.

Ash with Hat – An Ash jumpsuit with a hat.

Ash with Hat V2 – Jumpsuit costume with a hat from a previous generation of Pokémon.

Red – The Pokémon trainer known as Red. Full suit costume and hat.

Misty Wig – Misty is no longer on the show, but she is still one of the best know female trainers. Add a yellow shirt, red suspenders, jeans shorts, white legging/tights, and sneakers to dress your kid up as this water Pokémon Gym Leader.

Pokéball Belt – This accessory for a trainer comes with belt and two pokeballs.

Pikachu Plush – Add this accessory if you want Pikachu to ride on Ash’s shoulder. Pokémon plushes are always useable after Halloween. For hugs.

Team Rocket Jessie – The female half of the ever present Team Rocket. This costume comes with dress, gloves, and knee highs which can be easily swapped for dark grey/black tights or leggings for warmth.

Team Rocket Jessie Wig – Kid-sized magenta wig for Jessie.

Team Rocket James – The male half of Team Rocket. James’s costume comes with the jumpsuit with attached boot covers, gloves and the belt.

Team Rocket James Wig – James’s blue-purple wig in kid size.

Pokeball – A wearable foam globe for when your kid adorably asks to be a Pokéball for Halloween. Add a red shirt and white pants/leggings or simply pop it over your kids most favorite comfy clothes.

For Baby

Sadly there really aren’t any baby outfits for Pokemon, even on Etsy (unless you care to spend around $100). There is a toddler outfit, though.

Pikachu Toddler – This little Pikachu jumpsuit comes with a separate hood with ears and a pair of shoe coverings. If your little one isn’t feeling the hood, you can always paint red circles on their cheeks instead.

That about wraps it up for this year’s listing of Pokémon Halloween Costumes. As always, if you want to share pictures of your little candy monsters with us, we’d love to see them. Just drop them in the comments. Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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Super Mario Halloween Costumes 2017

For those of you who have kids that want to be a character from Super Mario Bros. this Halloween, here’s a list of all things Mario. It’s worth mentioning before you dive in that there are currently no Daisy, Boo, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Chain Chomp, Goomba, Kamek, or Dry Bones costumes on the Market.

Most of the following links are from Amazon. You can double check Target, HalloweenCostumes.com, Party City, and Walmart to see which price is the best.

Mario and Luigi – You can’t go wrong with the classic costumes for this pair of brothers. These costumes come with the jumper, hat, and mustache.

Mario with Gloves and Luigi with Gloves – For the complete Mario & Luigi look, these costumes come with the jumper, hat, mustache,  gloves, and an inflatable belly.

Mario Hat/Gloves/Mustache and Luigi Hat/Gloves/Mustache – If you prefer to go the simpler route, pair these sets of hats, gloves, and mustaches with the correct color shirt and some jeans for an instantly recognizable character.

Raccoon Mario – Here’s an adorable option. Not to be confused with the Tanooki version of Mario which is a full animal suit, this Raccoon Mario costume comes with the tail, hat with ears, gloves, and mustache. Pair it with a red shirt and jeans and your kiddo is good to go.

Raccoon Mario Deluxe – This is the full costume variation which includes the jumper with tail, hat with ears, gloves, mustache, and an inflatable belly.

Fire Mario Hat – If your kid has a soft spot for Fire Mario, there are no official full costumes at the stores this year. You can, however, combine this hat with a red shirt and white pants/overalls and pop on a mustache (or draw one on) to make your own.

Yoshi Rider – Just like it sounds, this costume dresses your child up in the optical illusion that they are Mario or Luigi riding Yoshi. This is just the jumper. It does not include the shirt, hat, gloves, or mustache.

Princess Peach – A perfect Peach costume, that includes the dress with amulet and Peach’s crown.

Peach Crown & Gloves – Use these if you want to have a hard crown and gloves for a little extra warmth.

Rosalina – I was so excited when I saw this costume! It includes the dress with broach and a fabric crown.

Rosalina Deluxe – This Rosalina costume has gauzier material on the dress, but the main draw to this costume is the crown, which is solid not fabric.

Star Wand – There are no official Rosalina wands, but a star wand is fairly simple to make or you can purchase one like this. You might even be able to find a glow stick star wand at this time of the year.

Luma – Rosalina is often pictured holding a Luma. This plush version is 11 inches tall and would definitely be hugged well after Halloween. There are also shops on Etsy that sell Lumas in different colors as well as patterns so you can make your own.

Blonde Wig – There are no perfect kids wigs for Peach or Rosalina, but this is a basic blonde wig that could be styled to fit your child’s costume.

Yoshi – This costume includes the green Yoshi jumpsuit with tail, headpiece, and an inflatable shell.

Yoshi Head & Shell – For those favoring the simpler route, this costume is just the head and shell. The head here, however, is actually nicer than the headpiece on the full costume. Pair this set with a green shirt and your little Yoshi is good to go get some candy.

Yoshi Head – If you want to upgrade that head piece on the full costume, this is it.

Donkey Kong – This is great; just the jumpsuit, tie, and mask.

Donkey Kong Head & Tie – This is simply a Donkey Kong hat and tie. Add a brown shirt and your kid’s costume is complete.

Donkey Kong Head – For those who prefer a soft head instead of a mask.

Bowser – This costume includes the jumpsuit with tail, inflatable shell, mask, and cuffs.

Bowser Head & Shell – Pair this head and shell with a yellow shirt and maybe some black wrist cuffs for an easy Bowser costume.

Bowser Head – A soft head to replaced the mask for your kid’s Bowser costume.

Wario – Your standard costumes for this bad guy comes with the jumpsuit, hat, and mustache.

Wario with Gloves – The deluxe version of the Wario costume that comes with the jumpsuit, hat, gloves, mustache, and an inflatable belly.

Wario Hat/Gloves/Mustache – Dress your kid in a yellow shirt along with this hat/glove/mustache sets for an easy version of Wario.

Waluigi – Waluigi’s costume includes the jumpsuit, hat, mustache, and gloves.

Toad – This is the costume for the red-capped inhabitant of the Mushroom Kingdom. It comes with the jumper, vest and red hat. The hats can also be purchased in Blue and Yellow.

Toad Hat & Vest – Just the red hat and vest Toad wears. Pair them with a neutral colored shirt and white pants if you have them to complete the costume.

Koopa Shell – This green shell is the only thing available for a Koopa costume. To complete a Koop Troopa or Lakitu costume your child would need a yellow shirt, tan pants, and face paint, as well as a cloud and glasses/goggles for Lakitu. If your kid wants to be Lakitu from Mario Kart they will need a fishing pole, too.

1-Up Mushroom Hat & Super Mushroom Hat – For a quirky alternative to the everyday Super Mario costumes, try these hats paired with beige-colored clothes to make your kid into one of the mushrooms power-ups from the games.

For Baby

Baby Mario – This is an adorable little costume of Mario sized 12-18 month. It comes with the romper and a Mario hat.

Ice Flower Onesie – If you have a wee one, this little onesie will dress them up as an Ice Flower, while also being a reusable shirt/outfit after Halloween.

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Boo Likes Candy Corn

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Pigachu Cake

From Imgur comes Pigachu Cake!

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Friday Funny – Overwatch Cosplay

Remember kids, the healer holds your life in their hands.

Check this great cosplay from @Lyz_B on twitter. Here’s the direct link to her tweet

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The Legend of Zelda Halloween Costumes 2017

Here’s the first round of costumes for your kids who want to dress up as a video game character for Halloween this year. We’re going to start with Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, because this is the first year I have seen licensed LoZ costumes and I believe they will sell out quickly.

Most of the following links are from Amazon. You can double check Target, HalloweenCostumes.com, and Party City to see which price is the best.

Costumes

Link Classic Costume  – This costume is your basic Link and comes with the green tunic, chest belt, belt, and the green hat. Add a pair of tan pants, some boots, and maybe the Hylian ears and your kid is good to go.

Link Deluxe Costume  – Resembling a bit more like Link from Skyward Sword, this costume comes with the green tunic, chest belt, belt, boot covers, and hat.

Link Prestige Costume – My favorite of the Link costumes, though the most expensive, this Twilight Princess looking set comes with the green tunic, pants, chest belt, belt, green hat, wrist guards, and boot covers.

Breath of the Wild Link – From the current game comes the BotW Link costume of the blue tunic with attached pants, chest belt, belt, ears, and boot covers.

Princess Zelda – Stepping our of what appears to be Twilight Princess, this Zelda costume comes with the dress and attached shoulders, tiara, and the waist medallion/apron. Of note: TP Zelda has brown hair, so whether your child is blonde as most Zelda’s are or brunette, it won’t matter. That tiara will claim their status as Princess of Hylia.

Accessories

Accessories always complete the look of a costume, but purchasing them depends on how big your Halloween budget is, and whether or not your child will use the items for dress-up imaginative play throughout the year. Mine absolutely loved having the swords and shields to use after Halloween.

Master Sword & Hylian Shield – Link’s legendary sword and shield combo.

Breath of the Wild Red Bow & Quiver & Arrows – This is a great looking set especially if your little one is more into archery than swordplay.

Breath of the Wild Blue Bow & Arrows – You could use this set as the weapons for Zelda who always brings the essential Light Arrows that defeat each game’s main enemy.

Hylian Ears – Both Link and Zelda are Hylians (which is a class of humans, not elves) and have pointed ears. The only set that comes with ears is the BotW Link costume. You will need to purchase ears for the rest if you want the pointed ear look.

Link’s Breath of the Wild Cloak – Here’s a cool item that could help complete the BotW Link costume. This is an adult’s cloak, but it does come in XXS which may work for some children.

White Gloves – For Zelda.

Link’s Wig – This wig is not BotW style, but more classic Link.

Zelda’s Wig – Simple blonde or brunette wig which you could style as you choose.

Triforce – There are currently no accurate temporary tattoos available for the Triforce symbols that often show up on the back of Link’s or Zelda’s hands. If you want to add this detail, pick up some face painting materials and draw it on your child’s hand. Link’s Triforce of Courage symbol is on his sword hand (usually left) with the lower right triangle glowing yellow. Zelda’s Triforce of Wisdom is on her right hand with the lower left triangle glowing yellow. Skip this detail if your child is dressing up as a character from Breath of the Wild or is wearing gloves.

Extras

For those of you who are looking for a baby costume try this adorable, if pricey, Link one. It comes with the green hat and a plush sword along with the jumpsuit that has snaps for easy diaper access.

One last note, there are no Zelda costumes available from Breath of the Wild, unless you go the custom made cosplay route like this one from Oasis Costume. Cosplay will always cost upwards of $100, though at this time of the year sometimes you’ll find sales.

That’s it for this grouping. I hope this helps you out. We’d love to see pictures of your little Links and Zeldas ready for Trick-or-Treating. Drop them in the comments if you want to share!

 

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Me & Also Me – Pumpkin Muffins

Welcome to Mom Humor Monday, where sometimes on Mondays we’ll explore the fun of parenting. This was literally me last week.

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Sunday Sillies – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Trophy

The trophies in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle are pretty silly. Here’s my favorite so far. Lookit his head.

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