Dennis was Hiccup. I found a giant green shirt at Goodwill and cut and sewed it down to his size. We used leather strips at his neck and wrists. I found a remnant of awesome fur for his vest. I just traced around a shirt for the pattern and as I was using self-sealing fur, I didn't have to hem all the raw edges. Bonus. Then he just wore skinny jeans, boots, a belt and I made some boot covers out of fur scraps and velcro. And then for the final touch, we painted his hair with brown acrylic craft paint thanks to my sister-in-law's suggestion. I couldn't get over how strange he looked with brown hair though.
Miss B was ecstatic about being Astrid. She identifies well with the character and is blond and green-eyed, so she was a perfect fit. She made the entire costume herself including sculpting the bird sculls from Sculpey clay and having the genius idea to spray paint googly eyes for the brads on her headband and ax. She stained the ax handle, cut and painted the cardboard ax, cut her leather skirt into equal strips, and cut and painted craft foam for her shoulder armor. We found plastic spikes on a spiked collar at Goodwill and she cut them out in descending sizes. I sewed Velcro on her headband and skirt, glued down the skulls and spikes and re-sized the shirt we found at Goodwill. She wrapped ace bandages around her forearms and borrowed the boots. It was such fun to work on these costumes together. We had thee best time.
There aren't many main women characters in the movie, so again, I chose to be a random village viking with Mr. C. Miss B didn't like her first attempt at clay skulls, so I glued them onto my thrifted belt and it turned out awesome. I have some lovely fur for newborn photos and so I cut a thin strip off for boot covers and used the rest as a cape. I borrowed a leather cuff from Miss B, and I already had the green shirt. We got all of our viking hats from Amazon.
I found some hysterical outtakes of me trying to outrun the self-timer (our assigned photographer...Dad...got caught in some awful traffic-he wore a Vikings football jersey for Halloween. Ha!). I love my cape billowing in the wind. I have about 12 shots of me running in various stages. "Wait did I set the timer? Oh I did. RUN you fool, make that cape fly!"
Also don't be fooled by the happy smiles. The children were NOT happy with me for taking pictures. :) They were bouncing off the walls and irritated and antsy and impatient and just plain difficult. Such is life on holidays it seems. Too much anticipation and excitement to be contained. So the little boys sprayed men's spray-on deodorant/body spray in the van and at each other while I was finishing up with the two older ones. Everyone was hungry and practically dying. Q thought it wise to lay on the dirt and sticker covered ground in his all black costume and pose in the strangest of poses for his pictures. Mr. C kept photo-bombing on "accident" as he kept insisting and Miss B was extremely impatient with the entire process. But in the end we had our fancy dinner of sandwiches and went on our merry way to knock doors for candy and had quite the pleasant end to an otherwise crazy afternoon. Chaos is welcome here. I think I thrive on it now or something.