You may recall my post last year on this very topic, but as Halloween is quickly approaching, I find myself once again pondering what to deck my little goblins up in this year. And once again, I am compelled to craft a “one-of-a-kind” homemade getup more perfect than anything I can purchase at Morris Costumes or Target. Don’t get me wrong – they have a terrific selection (and last year Jake’s superman costume just HAD to be truly authentic with fake abs and all … you just can’t make that yourself!) I just have this crazy obsession to get all Martha Stewart sometimes … I think it must be a craft gene handed down from my mom. Anyway, enough about that! With Halloween a full month away, there’s plenty of time for us all to get a little “Martha”. Here’s a few ideas and we’d love to hear yours as well!
My first attempt at homemade was three years ago, when my son wanted to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween. I was amazed how hard it was to find an authentic looking Mickey costume. And the ones I did find were just BAD! So, the crafty side of me thought “how hard can it be to just make one”? We had certainly seen enough episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that I could picture him in my sleep! Turns out – it was not hard at all, and I must admit, I was pretty dag-gone proud of how it turned out (see picture)! All I needed was a black turtleneck (Wal-Mart, $3), some old khaki shorts that I died red (Rit die, $1.50), a hot glue gun and white felt “buttons”, a pair of black tights (Wal-Mart again), and a pair of oversized slippers that I got on sale at Old Navy and spray painted yellow. Then I found some white kid gloves (costume store, $5) and some Mickey ears (that was the tricky part – I actually had a friend that was going to Disney that week! Got lucky there!!) And there you have it – authentic Mickey Mouse!
The next year, Jake wanted to be a Pirate. Again, every store-bought pirate costume I came across was just cheap-looking, cheesy, or the Pirates of the Caribbean version where he would have looked like every other kid on the block. So, off to Wal-Mart I went again. This time I came home with some black pants, shiny black shoes, a big clunky woman’s belt that I trimmed down, a pirate bandana, and the best was the vest … I found a crinkly red sleeveless shirt on sale in the women’s department for next to nothing. So I bought an extra small and trimmed off the collar and glued down the top (like a hem around the neck), took off the buttons and cut off the bottom to fit him better. Add a pirate hat, hook and sword; pin a fake parrot to his shoulder – and Voila! Pirate Jacob!
And last year was my baby girl’s first Halloween, so of course I had to think of something special. Her room was decorated in ladybugs, so I carried that theme over to her costume. This time I stepped it up a little and actually had to pull out the sewing machine and sewed 2 little red wings, stuffed with a thin piece of batting to keep them stiff. Then glued on some big red felt dots and attached to a black onesie. Add black tights, and there you have it – A little ladybug was born!
Now its your turn – share your super smarty ideas … I know they’re out there! And if you want, send in pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post them out here for all to see. These can be ideas of Halloweens past or plans for this coming goulish season. Either way, strut your smarty stuff! And Happy Halloweening!
Tracy, I'm stealing this page out of your book and am ATTEMPTING to make my twin's costumes this year. I am always looking for twin pairings costumes that are a bit off the beaten path so we don't look like everyone else in the neighborhood. This year I've settled on Fallon as a "flamingo" and Cannon as a "palm tree". Needles, glue gun and boas here we come! Wish me luck and can't wait to hear what everyone else is doing so I can start planning ideas for next year too! 🙂
I wish I had the creativity (and the patience)! I just ordered my son's costume yesterday. One of these years I hope to be adventurous enough to make his costume, but until then, it is store bought for me!
My daughter wants to be a kitty princess (whatever that is!) so Nana is making her something-I'm thankful for grandparents!!!
My little guy is going to be a cowboy, and his little playmate is going to be a cowgirl. For him I made the cutest leather chaps for her a fringed skirt and they both have a cowhide vest. Too cute! I AM SURE MOMMY HAD ALL THE FUN MAKING THESE ADORABLE COSTUMES THIS YEAR; I just hope they wear them.
We make our costumes, too! It is so much fun and my boys love helping! Over the years we've had a pirate as well, Thing 1 and Thing 2, a pilot, Harry Potter, Frodo, a farmer, Bob the Builder and several Star Wars characters.