Pac-Man and our family have a long history together.
To be more specific, Ms. Pac-Man and Adam have a deep and meaningful relationship that developed long before our own (and that’s saying something, cause I nabbed him young). It’s an ongoing love affair. When Adam and I stared dating in high school I had heard of and played Pac-Man, but really, he never made a significant impact on my life. Then I met Adam, and I learned a few things…
- Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are different, and the original evidently doesn’t hold a candle to the awesomeness of the sequel.
- There are two types of Ms. Pac-Man machines…fast ones and slow ones. And certain high school boys that I find desirable will only play the fast ones.
- Good girlfriends know where all fast Ms. Pac-Man machines are located within a 10 mile radius of any date location and are always prepped with an ash tray full of quarters.
So while I spent my after school hours at cheerleading practice, Adam and our youth pastor spent them engaging in epic Ms. Pac-Man showdowns. Don’t you just love nerdy men?
These costumes are super easy to make. It’s great costume because everyone loves nostalgia, but really, this is lazy mom stuff. The hardest part is convincing your three year old that he wants to be a colorful ghost for Halloween and not a dragon. That takes some time, and some you tube videos, and some stories about how cool his daddy is.
Here is what you will need…
- four sheets of posterboard (or cardboard, or whatever)
- Yellow tempra paint
- foam brush
- Sharpie (blue and black)
- white felt
- fabric glue
- plain colored t-shirts (blue, orange, pink, or red, if you want to get technical)
- red paint or sharpie
- rope, or something for shoulder straps
- String and pen (for making a perfect circle)
First, the ghosts. Did you know that the ghosts in Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man have names? Prepare yourselves …. they are Blinky (red), Inky (blue), Pinky (pink) and Sue (orange). Though in original Pac-Man the orange ghosts name is Clyde. Don’t you feel smarter? How did you manage life before learning this important information?
Next, the happy couple. I’m thinking the photo collages are pretty self-explanatory…
I think we may need to examine that second step a little closer though….
That, my friends, is a preschooler that stopped running amok and quietly painted Pac-Mans for over an hour. Over an hour. I’m thinking we should have made Pac-Mans for all our friends.
Here are my little ghosts (ahem, Inky and Sue…sorry about that Sue thing Levi).
(No, Elijah isn’t sporting the oh so popular “duckface”… he is, in fact, spitting. His new favorite thing to do.)
So that was our costume this year! We actually didn’t wear it on Halloween (we had just got back from a vacation that day – more on that in my next post) but our church’s annual Harvest Fest was a few days ago. Also, (not sure if I’m surprised or not) but most kids have no idea what a Pac-Man is. You will get weird, confused, quizzical looks from them if you wear this costume.
Anyone else make a fun family costume this year? And have you eaten all the good chocolate candy out of their bags yet? I just discovered peanut butter M&M’s this weekend. Mmmmm….