How to Make a Stranger Things Eleven Costume

Hallowe'en is kind of my thing. I went through a stage in my early twenties of hating Hallowe'en because the sexy nurse / sexy witch / sexy construction worker scene bummed me out and made me feel awkward and excluded. No judgment if you are a sexy nurse / sexy witch / sexy construction worker; it's just not my jam.

Since having kids, Hallowe'en has become even more fun. I love putting together costumes while my babies are still young enough to not have an opinion about their outfit. Grady's first Hallowe'en was a fog of postpartum shenanigans so I dressed him in a skeleton onesie and called it a day. By his second Hallowe'en, I had hit my stride and he was Baby Bob Ross (I am ridiculously proud of this costume). For his third Hallowe'en, he was Baby Elton John (my favourite). And then I lost him to the world of superheroes and he was Iron Man for his fourth and fifth Hallowe'ens. This year he's going to be either Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper.

I know I have limited Hallowe'ens with Poppy before she's able to make her own costume decision so I intend to take full advantage. This year I'm keeping it topical and Poppy is Baby Eleven from Stranger Things.

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Don't even think about touching her Eggo Waffles. Baby Eleven isn't messing around.

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This costume is pretty basic to put together. The dress and jacket are both Joe Fresh (available online or in-store at Superstore, Canadians). The socks are baby knee-high tube socks in green and yellow by Mustachifier (available online or for locals, I found them at West Coast Kids in Vancouver).

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Additional options: the dress I found didn't have the peter pan collar so I cut an old, off-white pillowcase into a sort of collar shape and tucked it into the neckline of the dress. Shawn said the collar wasn't necessary, and you can barely see it in the photos, but I know it's there and that's what counts. Eggo Waffles. A blonde wig (I was pretty sure Pops would burn it all down it I attempted a wig so I didn't go there). Fake blood dribbling from her nose (again, not an option with Poppy).

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What are your little ones being for Hallowe'en?

Happy Hallowe'en From My Little Rocket Man

I made Grady an Elton John costume for Hallowe'en this year. And by "made" I mean I stuck a $1 sheet of sparkly star stickers to the suit his grandpapa gave him for Christmas last year that he has worn exactly once. His cousin's fabulous sunglasses rounded out the look and voila: tiny dancer.  

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I reckon there will be many years ahead for ninjas and villains and video game characters. I'm taking advantage of this blank slate and malleable personality while I still can.

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What are your littles dressing up as for Hallowe'en? Are you trick-or-treating? We haven't decided if we're going to take Grady out yet. He's never been and he won't know he's missing out if we decide to stay in and eat miniature chocolate bars while wearing our fat pants. 

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Grady and I had big plans to join friends at the pumpkin patch last weekend. Plans that were dashed by the contagious pink eye situation we're both still rocking.

So we skipped the big pumpkin patch experience and instead drove out to the pumpkin patch where I worked in high school.

We had so much fun. Grady is talking about the "punkin! patch!" nonstop. He carries his little pumpkin around with him and tries to bring it to bed with him.

It was a very strange (but very cool) thing to chase my toddler through the fields where I used to hang out with boys before I even knew my toddler's dad existed. 

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