There are a lot of fun parts of Halloween.
Just kidding. There’s only one fun part of Halloween.
Dressing up your kid in the funniest way you can dream up.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw this special brand of cray-cray. But, I would be remiss if I failed to share it here, too.
If you aren’t a Chicago Bears or a sports fan, well, I guess we cannot be friends. Just kidding. Not kidding.
Henry insisted to dress up like his doppelganger, Da Coach Mike Ditka, of Super Bowl 1986 Chicago Bears fame. (Okay. He’s famous for many things – NFL player, coach and commentator. But, Henry felt strongly that he should channel Ditka in his 80s glory. Who am I to question that?)
The kid was truly tapping into Ditka in all his glory. I can hardly tell the difference between the two.
I was having a hard time coming up with a costume idea this year (check out his Oh Henry bar costume from 2012). I wanted something that was unique, homemade, but not too time-consuming (because I knew I wouldn’t have time to create something from scratch). I happened upon a Baby Ditka on Pinterest and when Ryan saw, he went crazy for it! We’re huge Bears fans, and Ditka is a bit of a god in our neck of the woods.
As for the execution of Ditka, it couldn’t have been simpler –
- Gold baby aviators (nabbed for $6 on Amazon). Henry is OBSESSED with these. I didn’t think he’d want them on, but he loved them. He would take them off and then make us put them back on his face. They make the costume, in my opinion.
- Blue sweater vest (I couldn’t find the true vintage version of the BEARS sweater so I bought a blue sweater vest on sale at Kohl’s and used orange and white yarn to hand stitch BEARS and the lines. It took me a couple evenings, but it was a relatively straightforward project.)
- Khakis, white shirt and tie.
- Tweed jacket.
- A MUSTACHE – drawn on with eyeliner like a boss.
We left the cigar at home.
Ditka – I mean Henry – I mean Henry as Ditka – had fun at the Boo at the Zoo last weekend. He showed off his costume, checked out the animals, hung with his grandpeeps, and snacked.
A little snuggle for grandma. Ditka is also a softie at heart.
“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
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