The choice of a Halloween costume this year wasn't even a choice. "I'm going to be Tintin," The Boy pronounced. The fact that he's been reading The Adventures of Tintin exclusively for the last 10 months should have been my first clue. Still, I respect a man who knows his own mind.
Unlike many other fictional heroes, Tintin has a full wardrobe. So we had to decide which version of the intrepid young reporter we wished to bring to life. We decided on this one.
Pulling the costume together was pure fun. There were only a few things to do. I shortened and dyed a pair of pants for the trousers. I deconstructed an old purse of mine and converted its component parts into a small and simple carrying case for Snowy of course. Because Tintin without Snowy is just plain wrong. As luck would have it, I found Snowy himself in the large and lonely pile of plush toys at the thrift store. I adopted him at once. But the biggest challenge was the trench coat. For that, I took a women's beige blouse and altered it to fit The Boy. I am SO pleased with how well that worked, and a little surprised too actually... The rest of the costume (tie, vest... etc) we had at home.
For Tintin's trademark quiff, I used some magical stuff: got2b spiking glue. It worked like a charm! I'm thinking of trying it myself one day. Wouldn't that be a hoot?... And finally, I finished off The Boy's strawberry blond look with a little coloured hairspray.
I can say this for The Boy. He makes a sweet little Tintin. And his level of commitment is truly admirable.