Hello world, I am back. I have a few short Halloween related items to share and then I may vanish again for months. No promises.
Halloweens of the past
I’ve been going through some stuff and I found these old photos. The barn that I learned to ride at had Halloween parties every year where you could dress up with one of the lesson horses. My mom loved to come up with costumes for me. IN the top photo, i am riding Congo and we are the Kentucky Derby winners. The blanket of roses was made by gluing tissue paper onto a a paper blanket and must have taken her forever. I remember her creating each rose by wrapping tissue paper around a pencil, putting glue on the end and then gluing it to the blanket.
The bottom right photo is me on Blue when I was the Headless Horseman. My mom made the cape and the front panel is sheer enough that I could see through it. The head was a mask with a beach ball inflated inside and a strap added so that I could out it on my arm. The bottom left photo is the same costume sans horse.
Creating a unicorn pumpkin
I’m on the Halloween committee at work and one of the events we put on this year was a pumpkin decorating contest. I wasn’t going to bring a pumpkin in but changed my mind after seeing a video on Facebook where someone creates a unicorn pumpkin. I took photos of the process.
- One pumpkin. I choose one of the few remaining white pumpkins at the pumpkin lot. It didn’t sit entirely straight but people who buy pumpkins on October 30th can’t be picky.
- Craft foam. Rainbow colors for the mane and tail. Gold sparkly for the horn, black sparkly for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Pink sparkly for the inside of the ears and the cheeks.
- Silver pipe cleaners for the horn
- Glue. I used both the hot glue gun and the super glue.
Then I failed to take any more photos of the creation process because it was so frustrating. I cleaned the pumpkin and dried it as best I could. What I learned. Buy your pumpkin more than 2 hours in advance and let it come to room temperature if it had been sitting on the ground on a 36 degree day. The pumpkin was ice cold and condensation kept forming on it.
I cut the stem off, since it kinda stuck out the back of the pumpkin.
I then cut out some tail shapes out of the craft foam, plugged in my hot glue gun, and starting gluing the tail to the pumpkin. HA! It was at that moment that I questioned my sanity. The tail didn’t look that great and the glue was hardening immediately upon contact with the cold pumpkin. Then I bumped the pumpkin and everything fell off.
So time to re-group! I super glued all the tail pieces together and only glued my fingers slightly together. Then I used a crap ton of hot glue to stick the tail pieces to the remainder of the stem. And it worked!
So then I started cutting more hair pieces and hot gluing them around the back and sides. After a time had passed, I didn’t think the pumpkin would ever look good, so I decided to make the horn and face. Since I had a limited amount of gold glitter foam for the horn, I wanted to make sure it would work the first time. I started making prototypes from scrap paper and was riding the struggle bus hard. Why couldn’t i make a simple cone? I actually had to Google it! To make a cone, cut out a triangle with a rounded bottom. So simple! Once I made the horn, I wrapped it with the silver pipe cleaners to add dimension and hot glued it to the pumpkin.
The eyes, nose, and mouth were all cut of the black sparkly foam. To make the ears, I cut an ear shape out the white foam and a smaller ear shape out of the pink sparkle foam that I attached for the inside of the ear. I then cut a notch in the bottom and used that to bend then ear into a more 3-D shape. Repeat for the other ear and glue the ears to the pumpkin. I cut some cheek pieces from the pink sparkle foam too.
I finished by attached more craft foam hair around the horn and above the face. It actually looked good! I called the hubby over and he was in awe, both at the pumpkin and the amount of time I had spent. I had also managed to cover the tips of three of my fingers with glue, so that was fun.
So how did it turn out?
Not too bad! It was interesting to transport. I put it on my passenger seat and apparently the weight of the pumpkin was enough to make my car think that someone was riding with me and not wearing a seatbelt. So I drove the whole way into work with my car beeping at me every minute. Then it was windy at work, so I was walking sideways to try and shield the pumpkin from the wind. It won first place, so it all was worth it!
I dressed as a pirate for work. The skirt was a but short, so I wore my riding tights under it to keep from being indecent. So obviously that meant I needed to ride while dressed as a pirate.