I think little T’s obsession with skeletons, skulls and the macabre all began when we first got her The Nightmare before Christmas and Corpses Bride DVDs (both Tim Burton creations), two of her favourite movies of all time. And then she discovered The Book of Life as mentioned on an old post. It’s not surprising then that this Halloween, she chose to dress up as La Muerte, the Ruler, also known as the Queen of the Land of the Remembered.
Thanks to Amazon, we found a sugar-skull dress which is close enough(ish) to he dress. After all, sugar-skulls are known to be used as decorative or even edible skulls used in Mexican celebration of the day of the dead.
I also had to google and search for tutorials that would teach me how to paint T’s face as La Muerte. I’m not artist. I can only draw stick figures and can barely paint anything that will resemble a work of art, unless we’re talking about abstracts. I also had to make do with the colours we had from the face-paint I bought last week.
It was a difficult one, especially with a fidgety and impatient child. But at least, I tried.
Lesson learned: Take photo of child right after face has been painted. I think this was about 30 mins or so after I’ve done up her face and somehow she managed to smudge most of it. It’s not that bad, is it?
Of course, by the time the school disco was over, there was hardly any face paint left apart from the blue-paint which took ages to remove. She’s invited to a birthday/Halloween party on Friday and of course, she’ll want her face painted again, not to mention, on All Hallow’s Eve itself. I wonder if we’ll have enough face paint to last us till then?
Life with kids eh?