A Halloween Dilemma

Halloween is just over a month away and I have nothing in my possession that could even partially resemble a Halloween costume. Not for me, of course, for The Bean. Ever since finding out I was pregnant I was so excited to dress my LO up for his/her first Halloween. I mean honestly, you can’t tell me that every time the door bell ding-dongs on All Hallows Eve you don’t secretly hope there is an adorable tiny person dressed like a lobster or watermelon, or superhero. You do. I do. It’s way better than the idiot tweens who show up with a vest, fingerless leather gloves, and slicked hair claiming to be JBiebs. The tiny ones are way better.

Anyway, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of the best FIRST costume. I would love love love to be able to MAKE her costume from scratch {tall order coming from a newby seamstress like moi} but I want it to actually look decent. I’m not talking about putting a pillow case over her head and calling her a ghost, this is the big time.

So here’s been my general thought process. Yes, I’m inviting you into the inner workings of my mind. Please keep arms and legs inside the car until the completion of the ride.

Her nursery theme is elephants so I could make her into the world’s tiniest {and cutest} elephant. BUT the best parts of an elephant are their trunk and ears and there’s no way  she’d let me put any kind of trunk on her face. Some elephant costumes I’ve seen have the trunk on the top of the head or under the chin and that’s just ludicrous so, no elephant.

I could go for something basic. Minimal “costume” and more of an “accessories” type look. You know: wings for a fairy, tutu for a ballerina, eye patch for a pirate. But all of that’s no good. Too simple.

Wait just a minute… I call her THE BEAN, right? SO… why not make her a tiny bean costume! Brilliant! But what kind of bean? My dear brother calls her Kidney Bean {get it… Keelin – Kidney… plus I only have ONE kidney so it’s doubly apropo} so I should make her a little kidney bean. Cut. Slate. Check the gate.

But hold that thought oh brain of mine. A kidney bean isn’t exactly an obvious costume. A reddish-brown body with a tiny white center doesn’t exactly scream “look at me, I’m a bean!” Plus, I can almost guarantee that the seamstress I am in reality will not come up with the same beautiful costume that the seamstress in my head could make. Which would leave me trick-or-treating with a little maroon blob in my arms. Fail.

What about another type of bean like a string bean? My mom suggested doing a string bean because I could make her a little hat as the tip of the bean. Adorbs! But then it’s not exactly the “vision” I had to begin. She got the nick name from curling up like a kidney bean, not like a string bean, so will it really be what I want? {I hope Keelin knows the tourment I put myself through trying to make this holiday-that-she-will-never-remember absolutely perfect} Curses on my stubbornness and inability to just go with the masses and buy an infant Halloween costume!

Nay Nay, I WILL NOT BE DEFEATED! But  I need your help. All of you lovely, beautiful friends, blogger and non, can help me decide what to do. Kidney bean? String bean? Mr. Bean? No bean? And if you happen to be exceptionally skilled in wielding a sewing machine, how can I make it REALLY look like the bean of choice? HELP FRIENDS! The clock is ticking! It’s up to you to keep Keelin from spending her first trick-or-treating adventure as a maroon blob.

19 thoughts on “A Halloween Dilemma

  1. Oh boy! This is a dilemma. I love the bean idea. It would definitely be hard to make it look like a bean, since beans (especially dark colored ones) can resemble something else that we WOULDN’T want Keelin to be mixed up with! haha.
    What about a cute teddy bear? Or a candy corn? Those costumes are so presh!
    We are having the same dilemma with what to have Landon dress up as for his 1st. I think we are going to do a shark (my hubby really wants that…and that could be cute). We are going go try and go this weekend to look around. Hopefully we find something cute!
    Good luck in your search! Can’t wait to read/see how it turns out!!

    • omgah a shark will be adorable! Tiny ginger shark! 🙂
      Thanks hun, I’ll be sure to keep the blogosphere posted on what we decide. Let’s just hope I cope up with something soon so she actually HAS a costume!

  2. Anything green, she might be in pea pod land (which is super cute, but maybe not the idea you are going for). if you really want her to look like a bean, what about a bean with a theme to make her more identifiable? Maybe a little Mexican Jumping Bean? Little fiesta hat, mexican shawl, etc.??

  3. Or go to fav fabric store and check out patterns for Halloween – they have tons – use one as us or as an idea to modify – storybook character ?

  4. you can also use towels to make clothes and felt…it gives texture and allows you to make it look like something. My mom did one as a pumpkin…orange towel with black jack-o-lantern eyes nose and mouth. It was just elastic around the top and bottom, might have had arms holes too. Then the cap was made of all felt, stem and leaf in green. with orange on the under side. Green leggings and just normal shoes. Although you could get fancy with some felt covers. The towel idea also worked for other costumes we did as ghosts and she made a horse and princess one too. I will have to find some pictures of them or find the actual costume. “Peas in a pod” would be a cute idea with felt like material and smiles on the “beans”. Felt has more structure than fabric just an idea.

    • I never thought of towels, thank you! The hubs and I have been chatting and have come up with like 20 new ideas so the bean option might be out all together. I need to get my batootie in gear and decide though!

  5. If you are still looking for ideas you could make her a Jelly Bean! Or a little bag o’ jelly beans! Colorful, cute, has jelly belly written write on it and a logo so its obvious.

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