Twofer Costumes for Halloween and All Saints 2015 Edition

It's October! Which means I want to wear sweaters and drink hot chai lattes . . . but it's still 90 degrees in LA. Oh, AND I need to figure out what we're doing for costumes. Since my kids like to dress up for Halloween and our homeschool group also hosts an All Saints Day Pageant, we need costumes for both. But there is no way I'm doing two complete costumes for all these kids.

Enter the TWOFER costume. One costume that works for both Halloween and All Saints Day, with just a few tweaks.

The kids have decided on what they want to be for this year, so we are hard at work on the following costumes. I'll put the Amazon link under the photos, in case you're playing along at home . . .

1. Betty: St. Catherine of Alexandria / Cleopatra

From the You Really Think the Church Doesn't Respect Women? file: St. Catherine of Alexandria was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian around the age of fourteen, and converted hundreds of people to Christianity. She was martyred around the age of 18. Over 1,100 years following her martyrdom, St. Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and counseled her.

Info on St. Catherine (we're going to need a wheel)

2. Bobby: St. Benedict / Death Eater

Bobby's middle name is Benedict, after Pope Benedict XVIII, and St. Benedict of Norcia, who founded twelve communities for monks. His Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism.
Beard (for St. Benedict, and we'll also need a staff, and maybe a book of rules)

3. Anita: St. Lucy / Princess Leia

I'm figuring Anita isn't the only girl who wanted to go Star Wars for Halloween this year. We thought St. Lucy would be a good saint, since girls on St. Lucy's Day usually dress in an all white dress with a red sash.

St. Lucy was born of rich and noble parents about the year 283. Her father was of Roman origin, but died when she was five years old. Like many of the early martyrs, Lucy had consecrated her virginity to God, and she hoped to distribute her dowry to the poor. Lucy was denounced as a Christian, and depending on which version of the story you hear, either had her eyes gouged out as torture, or gouged them out herself in order to discourage a persistent suitor who admired them. When her body was prepared for burial in the family mausoleum it was discovered that her eyes had been miraculously restored.

(we'll add a red sash, a palm frond as a symbol of her martyrdom, and of course, a dish with her eyeballs on it)

4. Lulu: St. Catherina of Siena / Yoda

Sticking with the Star Wars theme, Lulu is going to wear a Yoda costume generously donated to us by a reader after last Halloween. I figure, without the ears, it will make a great St. Catherina of Siena.

St Catherine helped restore the papacy to Rome, and is a Doctor of the Church. We saw her whole foot in a reliquary in a church in Rome. It was really somethin.'
More on St. Catherine (we'll add a cross and a crown of thorns)

Alternate for boys: St. Bruno / Yoda

5. Gus: St. Peter, Crucified / Upside Down Guy

I saw this Upside Down Guy costume and just knew it would be a perfect St. Peter Crucified costume. Jack is usually the one who's done the crazy costumes. But this year he's at real school, and the middle schoolers don't dress up! So, Gus has stepped up to be the crazy costume guy in the family.

Peter was one of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples. Originally a fisherman, he played a leadership role and was with Jesus during events witnessed by only a few apostles, such as the Transfiguration. According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar. It is traditionally held that he was crucified upside down at his own request, since he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus.

More on St. Peter (we'll add a lightweight cross of some sort)
h/t to Emily at Hines Home for the Upside Down Guy costume idea.

6. Frankie: St. Elmo / Barrel of Monkeys

Frankie wanted to be St. Elmo, then was pretty disappointed at how NON red-and-furry St. Elmo (aka Saint Erasmus of Formia) turned out to be. But the GOOD news is that he was once put in a barrel of spikes and rolled down a hill. (Totally not the grossest of his tortures, either.) So I figure a cardboard barrel and a bishop's miter for All Saints, and a monkey hat and some stuffed monkeys for Halloween.

7. Mary Jane: Leaping St. John the Baptist?

I've been trying to come up with a good, Ergo-friendly costume for Mary Jane and I. I'm thinking we might be St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist. But I'm not sure if Mary Jane will be able to pull it off. Maybe if she had a beard? Like this guy?

Bearded Baby

Last year's big Catholic Costume Contest resulted in a TON of amazing costume ideas for All Saints Day. I posted them all after the fact, but in case you're looking for ideas for this year, check it out . . .

Over 150 All-Saints Day Costumes for Kids

Here are our last year's twofer costumes (Hermione/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton turned out SO well!) . . .

Last Minute Twofer Costumes for Halloween AND All Saints Day

And here's the post that started it all, featuring everyone's favorite cephalophore, St. Denis, whose feast day it just happens to be today! . . .

Costumes for All Saints Day AND Halloween: One Part Catholic, Two Parts Awesome

If you're planning All Saints costumes, and ESPECIALLY if you're planning twofer costumes, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


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January:The Holy Name of Jesus
February: The Holy Family
March: St. Joseph
April: The Blessed Sacrament
May: Mary
June: The Sacred Heart of Jesus
July: The Precious Blood
August Immaculate Heart of Mary
September: The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October: The Holy Rosary
November: The Poor Souls in Purgatory
December: The Immaculate Conception

As the Church year begins with December, so does this calendar. You get December 2017 through December 2018, thirteen months. Available for purchase here. Thanks!


In unrelated news, I was pleased to be interviewed by Ana at Time Flies When You're Having Babies. Click over for the scoop on the imaginary children that were the biggest mistake of my early homeschooling career, and whether I'm the type of mom who sits on the floor playing trains with you.


I'm linking up again with Kelly for my seventy-fifth seven quick takes!