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Last Halloween, we celebrated Parker’s first in Star Wars style! We were eagerly anticipating The Force Awakens, and I couldn’t wait to share this fandom with my little one. I thought it truly awesome that I was born the year of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope (Now you all know how old I am! Ha ha!), and Parker was born the same year as the first film in this third trilogy. So, I thought it awfully apropos that his first Halloween “theme” be a Star Wars one.
Speaking of themes – right now, I am really digging bringing everything together under one theme – costumes, decorations, etc. So, we did a full-on “Star Wars Halloween”! (I can’t wait for this year’s theme – Harry Potter!!! I’ll be posting about pumpkins, costumes, and some DIYs later in October!)
Here are this year’s pumpkins! I am having such fun coming up with new ways to do pumpkins every year. For those of you who missed it, out first pumpkin carving tutorial (from 2014) featured Avengers Pumpkins! This year (2015), I again tried my hand at pumpkin carving using a stencil. I attempted the Rebel Alliance symbol, and I think it turned out awesomely! (I think this pumpkin is actually my favorite of the bunch . . .)
I also wanted to try my hand at a different “carving” method, so this year I attempted to use a hand drill to do the Star Wars logo marquee style. Although it lit up nicely Halloween night, I unfortunately didn’t get a great picture. (I blame it on the camera . . . “Santa” brought me a new one for Christmas – sadly, too late for Halloween, though. And it’s definitely on my agenda to take a photography course for bloggers, so I can do things like these pumpkins some real justice!)
The third pumpkin (we always do three for the porch) is just a star cutout with some trailing star dust. But again, you really need to see them all lit up at night to get the real effect. (I’m hoping this year’s – 2016 – Harry Potter pumpkins will look spectacular with the new camera!)
I also did a Star Wars wreath for the door. The symbols are coated with glow-in-the-dark paint, so they lit up at night. (Stay tuned for the wreath tutorial – coming soon!)
We finished out our Star Wars porch display with a Yoda candy holder. Although Parker was still too young for Trick-or-Treating (we’re going to attempt it this year), he has always loved to people watch. So we put a sign on Yoda saying “Help Yourself!” and took Parker out in the stroller, just to walk around and see all the costumes and porch & yard displays.
And here’s Parker in his first Halloween costume! Although Daddy wasn’t interested in dressing up (For some bizarre reason, I married a man who’s not really into costumes. *sigh* I know, right?), I made myself a Princess Leia costume from the speeder chase on Endor, which is when she gets separated from the guys and falls in with the Ewoks.
So, there you have it – our Star Wars Halloween! Let me know what you think by replying in the comments below. And stay tuned for this year’s (2016) Harry Potter Halloween theme!