It seems important somehow to let everyone know that, yes, there are Overachieving Pinterest Mom All-Saints costumes, hand-sewn and with special effects. But there are also Crafty Mom no-sew costumes. And Last Minute Mom stuff-that-was-laying-around-the-house costumes. There are as many ways to make an All Saints costume as there are paths to heaven. Which is to say . . . plenty.
But first: I was supposed to pick one winner, but they were WAY too good. I just couldn't. I still only have one grand prize to give away. So, I've picked my favorites for ten categories. Each winner gets a custom-made-by-me free printable prayer of the prayer or quote of their choice. And one of those ten will be randomly selected to be the grand prize winner and receive the three month subscription to Saint Mail.
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Here are some categories I just made up . . .
Hey, let's start with something awesomely adorable, shall we? Babies. Dressed up as saints.
If your baby is susceptible to peer pressure, you may want to go with a Bl. Teresa of Calcutta costume. ALL the cool babies are doing it. But . . . the printable prayer winner in the category of babies is: St. Olaf! What can I say, I love the beard.
Okay moms with skills, you know who you are. You look forward to All Saints Day. You plan ahead. You can sew, and wield a glue gun. You've got production value. Check you out.
3. REGULAR CLOTHES
Not every kid is going to be able to roll like those kids. Not every mom has the time, talent, or inclination to put together a broadway-caliber All Saints Day costume. But that doesn't mean your costume can't still be awesome. These saint costumes look like they can be put together with things already in the kids' closets!
And the winner of the printable prayer in the category of Regular Clothes is: Young St. JPII!
4. CRAFTY COSTUMES
I love that these look really good, but don't APPEAR to require much, if any, sewing.
St. Catherine Laboure out of t-shirts and paper is very impressive. I love how St. Sebastian's arrows are tucked into the rope that held him to the tree, very clever. And it looks like that St. Teresa of Calcutta is some white fabric and some blue tape. And it's PERFECT. But I'm going to have to go with Our Lady of Guadalupe for the printable prayer winner of the Crafty Costume category. The cardboard is great and the fabric choices are perfect!
5. TWOFER COSTUMES
You know me, I love twofer costumes. It's how we roll. Some of you guys roll like that too.
There are a couple of St. Florian/Firefighters in there, which is great. There's a St. Isidore/Farmer, and a whole awesome saints/Narnia characters thing. But the winner in the Twofer category is Yoda/St. Dominic. Obviously.
Sometimes the prop makes the costume. Just ask all twenty-something young ladies. But the same goes for saint costumes. A good prop really sells it.
Not a crafty mom? Maybe your kids will make their OWN costumes. These kids did. VERY impressive.
Kid-made St. Kateri wins the printable prayer!
8. MOMS IN COSTUME
Hey, who says the kids get to have all the fun?
Hey! That bottom one is me. And it isn't even a SAINT! I don't win. The Virgen de Guadalupe wins the Printable Prayer in this category.
9. FAMILY GROUPS
The more, the merrier.
10. THE BEST OF THE REST
I've run out of clever categories. But you should see these, too.
Yes, that's my little St. Francis with tonsure. He needed a haircut anyway! It was pretty great. But the win goes to St. Therese for the printable prayer.
They are all so great!
And NOW, for the GRAND PRIZE! The winner of the Three Month Subscription to Saint Mail is . . . Our Lady of the Assumption! If you won a custom-designed printable prayer or the Saint Mail subscription, please email me at catholicallyear @ gmail . com to claim your prize. And congratulations!
Pats on backs all around people. Nicely done.
Now, if you didn't win the Saint Mail subscription, click here to subscribe for yourself! I did.
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