Waterhole Wednesday: A Warthog and a Halloween Mask

Happy Halloween and Happy Waterhole Wednesday! We have had a warthog take up residence at our home this week. He has decided to make our waterhole his own personal splash pool. I don’t begrudge him that because it certainly has been hot but I think his frequent visits are making the water go gross faster than ever. The other animals aren’t coming around as much and seem to be drinking only out of desperation. I’ve nicknamed our new border Mr. Farty Pants and I think he plans on staying.

Warthogs spend their nights in holes in the ground, often holes that have originally been dug by Aardvarks. Adult warthogs enter these holes backwards and if they are being chased by a predator they will quickly make their turn at the last moment throwing lots of dust into the air (from The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region by J.D. Skinner and R.H.N. Smithers).

I love Halloween and have been a little disappointed that I can’t share the trick-or-treat tradition with my girls but we decided to dress up anyway and make some Warthog masks. I cut some tusks out of a cereal box and stapled them to a toilet paper roll. I then covered the front end of the tube with a circle that was also cut from the cereal box.

The girls got busy painting the tusks white and pasting on some black construction paper nostrils.

I had originally stapled a rubber band that I cut open to either side of the back of the snout but that snapped as soon I tried to put it over the girls’ heads so we ended up tying on the warthog snouts with string. I think elastic would have worked best but I didn’t have any of that.

Boo was already dressed as a princess in honor of Halloween when we put on her mask. What do you think of our warthog princess costume? Would you give this face some candy if she came knocking at your door?

Kooks was a fairy warthog but she didn’t feel like having her photo taken. Have a wonderful Halloween and eat some candy for us! My favorites are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and 100 Grands.

***** We have a Farty Pants update *****

Shortly after I published this post I discovered that Mr. Farty Pants is a family man. Mrs. Farty Pants came for a drink with Baby Farty Pants and I had to share another photo. Look at that little face – so ugly it’s cute.

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19 Responses to “Waterhole Wednesday: A Warthog and a Halloween Mask”

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  1. Your girls would definitely get some candy at my door for their costume ingenuity! What a great way to incorporate your lifestyle into such a commercial holiday! Such a smart mama!
    p.s. I will eat an extra dose of Peanut Butter Cups and 100 Grands for you. I knew I liked you for a reason! Those are two of my favorite candies as well. Although Whatchamacallit is right up there too.

  2. Becky says:

    Cutest warthog (warthog princess?) ever!!!! I love this post!:)

  3. Lol, Mr. Farty Pants – love it! And what a great craft and costumes! Such a fun way to recreate the tradition in your current surroundings.

  4. Sandy says:

    Cutest warthogs ever! (the animals and the girls, lol).

  5. What a deadbeat, spending all day loafing around the pool while Mom changes stinky warthog diapers. I hope she sent him home with the little darling and invited all her friends for a Girls’ Night Out at the pool.

  6. How funny! I love your warthog masks :)

  7. Lisa Nolan says:

    So when is your memoir coming out?! Seriously!

    Loved the Mr. Farty Pants becoming a Mrs. Momma Farty pants!

    And those masks are beyond cute!

    And Warthog princesses rock! (And fairies, too!)

  8. Suja Balaji says:

    Yay! Waterholes Wednesdays are back. Love this series and really a little jealous of your backyard with a waterhole. We would definitely give your warthog princess tons of candy with that cute mask. Very clever craft by the way. Sharing on FB as usual.

  9. Suja Balaji says:

    Just realized that the waterhole is in front of your home…

  10. Juanita says:

    The masks are awesome and the warthog princess looks too cute! The baby warthog visiting the waterhole just made my day. I’m planning to have a little “waterhole” once we move out to the country and hope to get the regular feathery visitors (unfortunately no warthogs and elephants for us!)

  11. Frances says:

    A princess and a fairy warthog ahhhhhhhhh how cute! Of course, if they came knocking at my door, I would certainly give them lots,and lots of candy! I also love the dress!! Beautiful!!

    Thanks for the Mr. Fartypants update! Too funny!

  12. Addison says:

    Wow, Jody! What a neat place to live! I guess the warthog fairy and warthog princess could have tried trick-or-treating at Mr. Farty-Pants’ house, but he doesn’t seem likely to be too generous, what with stealing Aardvark holes. The costumes your girls had were really cute. I would’ve given them candy.

    Hey, have your girls ever seen Lion King? There’s a pretty great warthog in that movie :)

  13. Jen Fischer says:

    Love your warthog friend and those masks. What a great experience for your kids.

  14. Kathy says:

    Warthogs always make me think of Hakuna Matata from The Lion King! What a fun art project and how interesting to learn about your waterhole. Happy Halloween from the Midwest to your Mudhut! xoxo

    P.S. Another reason we are kindred spririts… I LOVE 100 Grand and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups too! :)

  15. Kelly says:

    I love their masks! It must be neat to see who is visiting the waterhole each day. I think Halloween has nothing on that experience, but I do understand why you would miss the tradition with your girls.

  16. chelsey says:

    That is the cutest baby warthog! And loving your masks~ definitely think my daughter would go for the warthog princess too! :)

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