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It’s no secret that our family is pretty SUPER and in fact, downright MARVEL-ous. We aim to live out a superhero life and are often inspired by everyone’s favorite crew, The Avengers.
So when MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron was set to arrive on the scene via Blu-Ray/DVD on October 2nd, we knew we had to plan something extra-special. With Halloween around the corner, what better way to prepare than to dress in full costume? Last year, the boys were Thor and Hulk, so we thought we’d change things up a bit. Jack opted for Iron Man because he thought he had “super big muscles” and the special package came with his very own badge. We sealed the deal with the perfect gloves to match.
You can find just about anything you could imagine, although I didn’t find a Black Widow suit in my size…think it would transform my body into one that looks like Scarlet Johansson’s?
One of the next big elements of Halloween is PUMPKINS! What better way to kick off a family viewing night than with a good old-fashioned pumpkin painting? The boys decided which pumpkins we should tackle and thankfully, they didn’t ask for Thor (could you imagine the hair?!)
Start with four larger pumpkins, acrylic paints in the colors you would like, paint brushes of various sizes and textures. Here are the colors you will need to make Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Black Widow: red, black, yellow, blue, white, green.
First, start by washing your pumpkins. Make sure they are clean and dry. Don’t worry about imperfections – the paint will take care of those. I love this method of decorating pumpkins because it requires NO GOOP! No cleaning, cutting, scraping, nada. Now for the fun stuff.
I painted each pumpkin their base color: Hulk – green, Black Widow – Black, Captain America – blue, Iron Man – red. With the exception of Black Widow, most will need a second and in some cases third coat. Allow time for drying so as not to scrape off the work you have already done! The next element is to add your features. For Hulk, we opted to focus on his hair. The brush gave us the perfect strokes to give him a full “head of hair” atop the pumpkin. I then painted the stem black as well so it would blend in.
For the other pumpkins, they require a bit more skill. I also would advise painting your base completely. The other paints will cover it once you decide to add detail. My husband is the artist, so he free-hand drew Iron Man’s mask on his pumpkin based off of one of his favorite shirts. He used an indentation on the pumpkin to create some of the effects that made a part of the mask.
For Captain America, I layered circles – Red, then a white “target” stripe, then a blue circle, and lastly the star. All free-handed, the imperfections won’t matter nearly as much. Be SURE to let the blue circle dry completely before beginning your star. If you start too early, you will have a light blue star on your hands – probably not what was intended.
For Black Widow, it’s basically two triangles blended together.
For the details, provide as many coats as needed to cover it. When finished, display outside throughout the season for guests, passers-by or trick or treaters to enjoy.
Be careful or Iron Man might have to sneak in for a quick hello. I barely noticed him there! He’s so stealth.
Now that the hard work is done, it’s time to enjoy the show! Kick off your shoes, dry off your paintbrushes, and watch MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron as a whole family. Did I mention that you will see Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth duking it out with the bad guys? Pretty cute pumpkins themselves.
Get ready for a fabulous Fall family fiesta!
Get everything you need (including the pumpkins!) at Walmart. You’ll find a wide-variety of The Avengers costumes in the Halloween aisles and head to the electronics department to pick up MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron on Blu-Ray/DVD.
How will you make Halloween extra SUPER this season?