Vanellope von Schweetz: a Halloween costume

How was your summer?  Good & safe, I hope.  Ours was pretty darn magical. *get in here unicorn emoji*  
School started last month, then the crisp morning air arrived, then the leaves started to fall.  Colorado is becoming blanketed in crunchy golden-hued layers.  Quinn is launching herself into leafy piles from ridiculously high spots in our backyard & asking "Who's Donald Trump, Mommy?" & I'm trying to find the right words & thinking of how election day can't come quickly enough & how weird this year has been for America & omg the clowns, why?!
Speaking of Donald Trump clowns, Halloween costumes have been on my mind.  I never posted Quinn's costume from last year, so I'm doing it now.  OK?  OK!  Wreck It Ralph was a fun Disney movie we watched with her last year & she was enamored by the mischievous, strong-willed, candy-embellished character Vanellope von Schweetz.  I think she sensed they were soul sisters. (There were some parts of the movie that we skipped over because honestly, she was a bit young for it.)  

Of course she wanted to be Vanellope for Halloween last year.  Of course I got giddy putting all the elements together:
*mint-green hoodie from Target (I added the characteristic hot pink stitches)
*chocolate "peanut butter cup wrapper" tulle skirt (Amazon)  
*whimsical tights (ebay)
*boots (Uggs, already owned).  
*hair accessories (licorice "scrunchie"; gummy bears & peppermint barrettes; candy dots--actually stickers from Hobby Lobby; star/heart stickers)
The hair!  It was the best part.  After watching some hair tutorials on youtube, I wrapped Quinn's ponytail with a Twizzler that I had threaded with a pipe cleaner & she went to town with adorning her hair with the candy barrettes we had made, plus stickers.  A gigantic glitter lollipop ($3 Hobby Lobby) & all hail the Princess of Sugar Rush (or President as the feisty Vanellope preferred to be called).
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Quinn helped me coat the candy with clear nail polish to make them less sticky, then I hot glued them to barrettes. (Those are not my tiny little hands.)

Have a happy, safe Halloween!  
Stay away from Donald Trump scary clowns!