I'd mentioned before my idea for a steampunk Merida costume this year. It didn't work out this year for a number of reasons (which I'll post another time along with the plans and progress I HAVE made on the idea.) But the boys had an idea for their costumes. They wanted to be LEGO Ninjago Ninjas.
As a designer Jeremy has strong opinions about toys, and LEGO is one company that gets his "Stamp of Good Design Approval". (NERF is another one--we have way too many NERF blasters in this house.) But Simply put: Ninjago is a LEGO series that has ninjas that hold weapons and fit on these special spinners, and you play a game in which you spin a ninja towards your opponent and try to knock his ninja off his spinner to win the battle. And then they made it into a cartoon series as well that we've checked out from the public library.
Owen was the black ninja Cole with a golden scythe of quakes. Jonas was the blue ninja Jay with the golden nun-chuck of lightening. Everyone was assigned which ninja they were going to be based on what color hoodie they already owned.
If you look back in that first picture you can see Sensei Wu in the lower right-hand side. Jeremy already owned a white gi, so he just colored the red symbol on it, and wore that. Here the sensei is mentoring his young green ninja in the ways of 2-litre kick-bowling at the Halloween carnival.
Strangely, when we went trick-or-treating people kept asking Jeremy if he was "Raiden." I asked Jeremy what they were talking about--Mortal Combat I guess.
Frankly, if he was trying to be Raiden--I'd say he failed.
As for me, luckily there is a female member of the Ninjago team.
Yeah, that's right. Red pointe shoes.
So though, Jeremy and I had other plans, in the end we both already had clothing appropriate to quickly become Ninjago. I just wore black yoga pants under my dress. I thought about getting red leggings, but I wasn't trying to go for a "sexy-ninja" costume (if-you-know-what-I-mean), so I nixed that idea--though it might have been better for cosplay accuracy.
So there is our Homemade Halloween 2012 Ninjago Family Portrait:-)