He was a grizzly bear in a river at spawning season!
Jon asked to be a bear about 2½ weeks ago, and since then we’ve had to quickly design, sew and build the costume. We steered him away from being a polar bear (since the goat 5 years ago was kinda similar), so he decided on grizzly bear, and Peter then immediately came up with the (bite-off-more-than-you can-chew) river with salmon idea.
We made it through this construction with most of our hair intact! That’s not to say it wasn’t close, with Peter doing the finishing touches (mainly involving hot-melt glue) just as we were heading out the door (they were scheduled for then, not a panic—P). No time for test runs here—just glue and go!
Left: Jon modelling his costume in kitchen seconds prior to trick-or-treating.
Right: close-up of salmon.
The costume was perfectly suitable for the crisp fall weather. For once Jon put up with wearing mittens, most of the way at least. Unfortunately one of the stream’s two “rocks” (made of cardboard and craft paper) disengaged during our travels; we had hoped it make it through the evening, but his new wheelchair has far fewer solid anchor points! At least the bear costume held up just fine (and is still perfectly useable….anyone want a slightly-used bear costume?)