My younger daughter is going as Princess Aurora for Halloween from this years Maleficent movie. She is what I like to call the easy costume child. I found a nice Coronation scene Aurora dress (thank you Target) and there’s her costume.
My older daughter on the other hand wants to be Maleficent. But not just the “store bought I look nothing like the movie” Maleficent costume, but exactly like Angelina Jolie did in the christening scene where she curses baby Aurora. Long dress and complicated molded butterfly collar to match.
And yes I showed her the store bought costume and she was like “Yeah Mom that’s not what it looked like in the movie.”
Good times. She’s lucky I absolutely love Halloween. But she’s not lucky in the sense that I cannot sew to save my life. So I am currently modifying a long witch gown to try and make it look like a child’s version of that iconic movie scene. But along with the dress comes the headpiece and the staff. Now, we ordered a pair of light up horns for the costume because she didn’t want to wear a headpiece. Totally cool. But the staff (a.k.a. walking stick) that she loved is another story.
The problem was that the glowing version sold in stores – the one worth carrying around on Halloween night – is around $30. Last year because of bad weather, trick or treating lasted 20 minutes. Even if at best case scenario they’re out for an hour, $30 is a lot of money for a walking stick. That’s not happening.
In which case I decided to make a kid friendly one that lights up and takes a bit of charm from the old Maleficent staff from Sleeping Beauty and the updated version.
Here is what I used to make it.
- A stick
- Black duct tape
- Black shelf liner
- A green glowing bouncy ball from the dollar store
- An measuring cup from a cold medicine container (yes I cleaned it well)
- Black spray paint
- And my glue gun
After trying several high tech methods of gluing this ball to the stick including insane amounts of super glue that just did not hold (I must have had old containers) I wound up using my glue gun and went to town.
Then I wrapped all of the above in more duct tape and the stick with twine.
Spray painted it black and let dry. Crow all sticker not included.
Or hang on, what was his name in the movie? Diavel.
And when you hit the stick on the floor like an actual walking stick, it lights up at night.
Which if you’re 7 is the coolest thing ever.
Total cost (because I owned the spray paint already) was around $5.
That I can handle for trick or treating.
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Maleficent and Aurora going Trick or Treating – Halloween night