The letter from school informing of the required costume parade admonished "No Halloween costumes! Costume must be of a story book character!" and kindly pointed out that the costume "need not be elaborate". Your child can be one of the three blind mice with just ears on a headband, mittens, and face paint! So easy!
But my child doesn't WANT to be a blind mouse. Or any mouse. Or a ship's crew member rescuing a dog (although he loves that book).
No, the only thing he wants to be is Smaug from The Hobbit. Smaug, the fearsome dragon with a breast of gleaming jewels and one fateful missing scale.
For a variety of reasons that I'm sure a therapist would find very interesting, I agreed and purchased fabric yesterday. Today, we started the project, but Mr. P was soon "so tired!" from standing to be draped, pinned, and basted. When will it be finished???? Nobody knows, but it'll be pretty awesome. Excellent use of gold sequins, amiright? ;)