One thing I adore about TLE is the fact that she has an incredible imagination. She’s never been afraid to do exactly what she wants.
Around the beginning of September, we were at Costco when TLE found the Halloween costumes. She gravitated towards a Knight costume and begged us to buy it. But the former wannabe cosplayer inside me figured that the costume was way too flimsy with a crappy armor design. The Hubs ™ agreed and said we could buy better swords than the wimpy sword and shield that came with the Knight costume. And I told her I could make her better armor that would fit her better.
The original plan was to get her a good quality Nerf sword and shield and I would make craft foam armor over a princess dress that I would sew for her. While we were searching for a sword and shield, The Hubs ™ found a Nerf dual bladed sword; it didn’t take much convincing for TLE to fall in love with the idea of running around with TWO swords. But we ended up travelling for two weeks in October, leaving me very little time to put together the dress I’d promised her.
As an alternative to street trick or treating, I decided to take her to a bunch of local Halloween events instead, which meant that I needed to get things done the weekend before Halloween. The armor proved easy enough to make in the time I had but the dress ended up looking awful. So with just a day to go, we were off to Target we went where she fell in love with a Vampire Princess dress. I swear, she’s well on her way to being a happy goth kid. Over the dress went the armor that I’d made, along with her sword and we have the first iteration of her costume: Vampire Princess Knight. She wore this version of the costume out to our first event: trick or treating at a local shopping center with our geek parents playgroup.
Yes. My kid is a badass. Of course, my longtime martial artist friend Rey cringed at her form and has promised to teach her correct form soon. This is what happens when you have geek friends who are also martial artists.
Every Knight needs a good mount. Here’s TLE the Vampire Princess Knight with her trusty bear!
Most Knights serve a crown. This year, Sir TLE’s fealty is sworn to her friend, King G
And of course, a Knight must be brave. So here she is facing off with the Spider of Doom. She LOVED it so much that she kept trying to play with it.
The next day, we where scheduled to attend another Halloween event at the local amusement park . TLE grabbed her kitty ears and tail to add to the costume. Somehow, the Vampire Princess Kitty Cat Knight seemed very appropriate.
Here she is exploring a waterfall at the amusement park. I think it looks like a scene right out of an anime.
For our final Halloween event, I signed up for the annual Halloween trunk or treat event at her preschool. Before we got out the door, she declared she would wear a kitty cat tail and her princess crown making her a Vampire Princess Knight Kitty Cat.
I was crunched for time and didn’t have the imagination to really decorate my car. No matter — it turned out that the kids were way too happy to receive candy to notice the poorly decorated car!
Halfway through the event, TLE decided that she was tired of collecting candy so instead busied herself with sitting in the trunk and giving it out. Another classmate was so enthralled with the idea of a kid giving out candy that he climbed right into my trunk and helped give out the rest of the candy right along with TLE!