Hi there. How are you? I am seriously struggling these days. Son #2 leaves for Navy boot camp in about 9 days. I cannot even put into words the struggle I am having, but more on that later. (although, if anyone has any advice for me, please send it my way!) Today I wanted to talk about Halloween costumes. Some of you have maybe already run out and purchased a costume for you or your kiddos. Some of you, like me, may still not even know what you’re doing. And maybe some of you, again like me, do not enjoy dressing up for Halloween. It’s so much pressure coming up with a cool costume or you think, “why bother?”
Well, the truth of the matter is I have never been a huge fan of Halloween or dressing up in costumes. If you were to believe my dad it’s because I always want to look pretty and can’t be silly. I’m not sure if that’s 100% true, but there is some truth in it. When I was growing up our neighborhood had a Halloween costume parade and contest. We always participated because my dad loved coming up with costumes for us to wear. We never bought a costume. It was always home-made. And guess what? One of us kids always won.
Consequently, when I became a mom and Halloween rolled around, I too wanted to make my kids’ costumes. I guess it was a creative outlet. Many of the store-bought costumes I didn’t like or maybe I thought they were too expensive. Either way, I followed in my dad’s footsteps and made my kids costumes.
Now that my boys are older, I am no longer
required allowed to make their costumes. And, truth be told, I miss the fun of it. I also think those homemade costumes are fond memories for all of us. In fact, I think taking the time to make a costume communicates to your kiddo that they are important to you and worthy of your time. Even if they don’t admit it, years later, they will treasure those homemade concoctions! At least in my humble opinion. 🙂
So, today I thought I’d share some of our costumes ~ just to show you how easy they can be to make and share some of my favorite online ideas. So here are a few of mine from years past. #seemslikeyesterday
My little Thomas the Tank Engine ~ made out of a cardboard box and some acrylic paint.
This year we were bugs – I was Miss Spider from the books, Flick from A Bug’s Life with a tail made out of paper mache over a balloon, and the little one was a firefly.
For this Halloween my oldest was a robot. We made this costume for a party he went to out of dryer vent tubing and a paper yard bag and a can of silver spray paint. He was a hit!
Sometimes all you need is a jumping off place. This year, I found the puppy “hat” I added white sweat pants and shirt covered in brown felt spots that I adhered using spray adhesive.
From Pinterest ~ where you can find EVERYTHING. This is so clever! I love it! Maybe it’s thinking back to when all my boys wanted to be army men….
However, this might be may favorite! Peter Pan’s shadow! All the heart eyes for this one.
So easy, and fun.
If you have a future singer/diva on your hands, this is a perfect costume. Plus, they can wear whatever they like. All you have to do is print out the signs.
Why not make Halloween a family affair? This is a really cute idea. Plus, let’s be honest….I love that no one can tell who is under that mask. 🙂
And now, from Halloween’s past….here are some of my creations..
I hope these have given you a little inspiration for ideas and I hope that you will try to tackle making your own costumes this year. Even if your kids are a little older, I think they would love to tackle this project with you. And, when they are older isn’t just great if we can get them to spend some time with us? So, what are you going to be for Halloween?
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Until next time~