Shower for Hallowe'en

Make sure you shower before you get into those Hallowe'en costumes. Or be like Medha. Be the Shower!

She couldn't stop laughing and so the picture is blurry. But we still like it a lot!

Medha borrowed this idea from her National Geographic Kids magazine. We adapted it to make it from materials we had at home.
  • A hula hoop
  • A shower curtain
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Clear packing tape and duct tape
  • String
  • Cardboard tube from a paper towel roll
  • A styrofoam cup
  • A bow made of clear shiny plastic
  • A shower cap
  • A shower poof

  1. Put the shower curtain rings on the hula hoop and hook the shower curtain on.
  2. Tie two pieces of string of adequate length from one side to the other of the hula hoop, so that these can be used to hold the hula hoop on the child's shoulders, one on each side. Use duct tape to hold these in place.
  3. Cut the shower curtain to an appropriate length so that the child will not trip and fall while trick-or-treating.
  4. Tie the first and last shower curtain rings together with a piece of string so that the shower curtain does not slide all over the place. The shower will be 'open' where the two ends come together and we preferred to keep this towards the back.
  5. Cut a notch on one end of the cardboard tube so that the base of the styrofoam cup can rest on it with its mouth at a downward angle. Use packing tape to hold the cup on the tube. Cover the whole contraption with aluminum foil. This is the shower-head.
  6. Stick the clear plastic bow on the inside of the cup. This is the water.
  7. Cut the cardboard tube at the bottom and hook it securely onto the hula hoop using duct tape. We put this on one side, as you can see. If it looks more like a table-lamp, you really need to fire up that imagination of yours!
  8. Put the shower cap on the trickster, hand her the shower-poof, wrap a towel around her shoulders so that the string does not hurt her and send her off!

She was in heaven when I used some of my mousse on her face as foam. But it quickly lost its oomph so I am still looking for an alternative to soapy foam. If you have any ideas, please let me know! Their school parade is sometime in the afternoon, followed by their Hallowe'en party.

Happy Hallowe'en to you all!


Pav said...

Oooooooooooooh!! That is maha adorable !!!!!!!!!!! Lovelyyy I say... i am bowled over..

hugsssssssssss to medha and to you too

happy halloween

TheCooker said...

Kya baat hain!
Fantastic. Clever use of the hula hoop!
My 1st grader is going to be a witch...but the problem is 1st graders are too cute (missing teeth and all) to be witches.

Ashwini said...

Shower of compliments to Medha for the idea and to you for pulling it off!

Sig said...

:) that is such a clever and cute costume... Medha looks soo adorable :)
About the foam, hmm... give her a can of ready whip, she can reapply every few minutes? Okay, that is such a bad advice, this is why I didn't procreate ;)

Suganya said...

Such an unique idea. I will be giggling non-stop too, in that costume :)

Nupur said...

Adorable costume! I can imagine her floating down the street :D how about bubble bath for the suds? Those do last...they are very foamy.

Ashu said...

cute :)

Shilpa said...

Wow very nice idea Manisha. Medha looks so happy :).
Happy Halloween to all of you.

sunita said...

aaaawwwwww that's so very sweet..she looks so happy...every bit of her face is glowing...wonderful job with the costume.

Bong Mom said...

That is a great costume idea...plan to use it once S gets over the princess phase.
Medha looks very cute with the shower cap & foam

indosungod said...

Manisha, there there Medha did it again, that is a really a neat idea to be a shower :) And Kudos to you for making a constume instead of buying it like I did :(

Rachna said...

haaaa soooocute...and clever.... and medha looks soooo happy...

use white sugar candy cotton wool for foam?... just think-typing here

Anita said...

Happy Halloween! You guys have way too much fun (have Isaid this before?! :D )

Rahin said...

hey thts very creative of both u n medha, she looks sooo cute , have fun

Kitt said...

How cute! And very clever.

FH said...

Very very creative!! That is a great idea!:)
Happy Halloween!

Richa said...

sooooo cute :)
i'm sure she will be enjoying it to the last DROP ;)

Sagari said...

great idea and lovely photos

Anonymous said...

Manisha, That costume rocks! Medha looks so happy with it,too. My son is a fireman today. He is happy with an axe, rope and a hard hat. The daughters gonna be, what else but a fairy.

Happy Halloween!

Manasi said...


bee said...

i love it!!! she seems to have enjoying it thoroughly.

musical said...

What a fun costume! She looks so excited (naturally, with such a cute costume, who wouldn't be)! Happy Halloween to you and Medha!

Latha said...

very cool! Cant wait for my kids to get big enough to think more creatively! Love the costume! Happy Halloween to u guys Manisha!

Nabeela said...

Hi Manisha! Just wanted to let you know that I had a dream about you last night...your face was very vague in my dream...and somehow when I woke up, I desperately felt the need to see how you look :D

Laavanya said...

Aww.. she looks adorable and oh so happy. Great idea Manisha and very well executed.

Indian Food Rocks said...

Thank you all very much for sharing in our fun!

TC, those witches are just too cute! They are the huggable and kissable kind of witches! But just you wait! By the time they are in 4th and 5th grade, they want to make their own costumes. We had a shower theme going in the neighborhood this evening. Two of Medha's friends were a shampoo and a conditioner. The 'A' fell off the shampoo so the others had a great time calling her Sh! (m)Poo!

Ashwini, she will really be tickled when I tell her what you said!

Sandeepa, some lessons learned: make sure the hula hoop is small. It's difficult to get through doorways with a large hula hoop. Medha has to tip it to one side. Their school parade starts off with the first class at one end of the school and they go through each class, picking up that class as they go, until they have been through all classrooms and they reach their own again. This way, all the kids get to see everyone else's costumes. So there were a LOT of doorways to handle! And while stairs were not difficult to manage, she had to learn how to tilt the thing so that she could see and walk down without tripping. Once she got the hang of it, she was running with the rest of the kids! The shampoo and the conditioner had a tough time!

Suganya, she got it from the NG Kids mag and we tried to make it with everything we had at home.

Nupur, thanks for that advice! We were very close to doing that when Medha said that she would prefer to not put anything on her face cos she would feel cold. It was quite nippy. The kids who had paint on their faces were complaining by the time we were done!

ISG, I am usually a costume buyer - it's so much easier. But this costume was easy, too. She didn't need to be dressed up or have her face painted or her hair done. Just plonk the thing on her shoulders, put the shower cap on and off she went!

Rachna, that's a thought! I'd have to glue it to her face though or have her lick it to have it stick!

Vee, a handsome fireman I am sure! Boys are so much easier than girls! Every girl must be a fairy, a princess, and a witch at least once! I made Medha wear her Spider Countess costume twice! Three years ago and last year. No-one here had seen her in that costume.

Nabeela, you need a dreamcatcher! :-D

Mythili, Ashu, Shilpa, Sunita, Anita, Rahin, Kitt, Asha, Richa, Sagari, Manasi, Bee, Musical, Latha and Laavanya, thank you all very much! Medha had a great day. We hope you had a good Hallowe'en, too!

A, mama of twins said...

that is so creative!! she looks great Manisha.

Srivalli said...

Medha looks so cute!...and such a wonderful costume...great job!

Lee said...

I love it! Medha looks adorable. Were you at her school for the parade? I'll bet your neighborhood had lots of kids out to Trick or
Treat yesterday.

Mrs. K said...

My daughter's comment after seeing Medha's costume: "Hey, I saw that in MY national geographic magazine! I wanted to do it."
Medha looks cute in her costume. Here, we just finished counting the candies. 164! Now I have to find a hiding place! For the candy bag that is... :)

Indian Food Rocks said...

Archana and Srivalli, thanks! It was fun watching people's faces today when she told them what she dressed up as!

Lee, there was a much better turnout than last year. We have quite a few toddlers in the 'hood this year and it wasn't as cold and blustery as last year! I was there for the parade - it's something we never miss. There are parents who come just for the parade and don't stay for the party. The party was fun, too. They had organized it themselves and they did it so well that two Moms got orders to get a chocolate fountain! Sadly, only one was used and the other is going to be returned! They then bobbed for gummy worms. It was so much fun!

RP, you should have let her do it! It was by far the most entertaining costume she has ever had. There is always next year!

Only you are going to know the hiding place? Bad! Bad! Bad, RP! I have already tried a few and have spit them out. Some of the candy is just so gross! The only ones that have found favor with me so far are the sour Skittles, Kit Kat and Butterfinger. Butterfinger makes me feel sick as it is so sweet but I have to eat it no matter what!

Anjali Koli said...

Medha looks like scientist in the shower ;). How come I missed this post! Thats some fun you guys had.

Indian Food Rocks said...

Anjali, I am still on the old Blogger template so I don't have the link to Older Post at the bottom of each post. Instead you have to use "IFR Posts in the Past" to go back in time. Also, with this daily posting challenge, older posts tend to 'disappear' quicker. Try setting up an account on Bloglines to monitor blogs that you read. You can save posts as new in the reader so it becomes a neat bookmarking tool, too! It has worked very well for me for the last 3-4 years at least! I have so many feeds that I need to spend time pruning my list now! Or try Google Reader.