We had an Avengers' theme this year. Nathan was Iron Man and Alex was Thor.
For Nathan, I made the red jumpsuit and then attached the chestplate and epaulettes from an Iron Man costume I bought back in the summer (when the movie was out). The mask also came from the store-bought costume. I also got little hand repulsors that lit up and made noise and a press-and-stick LED lamp to put on the front as the arc reactor.
For Alex, I sewed the cape and made his breastplate out of silver and gold gilt bristolboard (then covered it with Saran Wrap to protect it from the rain). I bought the helmet but could not find a Thor hammer anywhere (and with the movie coming out on Thursday this week!). So I made the hammer by wrapping a tissue box with tinfoil and attaching it to a stick.
As for pumpkins, this year Nathan requested an Angry Birds pumpkin. So I carved a little pie pumpkin into the Angry Bird and made two little green peppers into the pig people.
It looked pretty neat at night with the candles:
Then I wanted to do something untraditional for the other pumpkin. So I carved it into a little house.
My little goblin did not make it to the final show. But I still think it looked pretty cool. Even if it wouldn't stay lit for more than two seconds in the wind.
You may be wondering about the witch-demon masked pumpkin beside it. Nathan won that one at school as part of a draw. He was very proud of it but the pumpkin wasn't hollowed out and it weighed a ton to carry home! Especially one handed as I tried to juggle the umbrella and the pumpkin. But we got it back.
I decided to go with a bats and ghosts theme for the window and pumpkins for the door. I think it ended up looking pretty good:
I think we all ended up having a good time. Alex even rang a few doorbells and Nathan visited most of block for trick-or-treating.