Homemade Halloween Costumes?

Homemade Halloween Costumes?

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

HOmemade Halloween costumes are the best. Here are a few of my favorites.

My little Thomas the Tank Engine ~ made out of a cardboard box and some acrylic paint.

HOmemade Halloween costumes are the best. Here are a few of my favorites.

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.

HOmemade Halloween costumes are the best. Here are a few of my favorites.

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!

HOmemade Halloween costumes are the best. Here are a few of my favorites.

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….


Some of my fondest memories are making homemade Halloween costumes for my kids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with this tradition.

However, this might be may favorite!  Peter Pan’s shadow!  All the heart eyes for this one.


Some of my fondest memories are making homemade Halloween costumes for my kids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with this tradition.

Some of my fondest memories are making homemade Halloween costumes for my kids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with this tradition.

So easy, and fun.

Some of my fondest memories are making homemade Halloween costumes for my kids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with this tradition.

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.

Some of my fondest memories are making homemade Halloween costumes for my kids. Here are a few ideas to help you get started with this tradition.

 

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?

I love hearing from my readers, so please leave me a comment below.  Don’t forget, you can join my email list here.

 

Until next time~

14 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Been looking for costume ideas this coming Halloween and this is definitely a perfect fit.

  2. When mine were little we always did homemade costumes too. Some were better than others! I did share a few of the better ones in a blog post a year or two back (with their permission of course) Is your son’s boot camp a long term thing ? I’m not sure what it is or how it works. I do understand about how it feels when they go though, our youngest is at Uni (still at the “miss him like I’ve been punched in the stomach every day” stage ) but the older two have gone and come back – they are kind of on elastic for a while I think, till they finally make the break

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      Well, I could totally live with that elastic thing for a while! It’s what we raised them to do, but boy it sure is hard when they actually go and be independent! My son will be in boot camp for 9 weeks and then onto a training school out of state for over a year. After that he will be serving on ships for several years. It’s exciting and hard at the same time.

  3. These are so great! Our girls are only 5 and almost 2, but there has only been one time that we haven’t made one of their costumes. (And it was when my oldest was that fun age when you can’t keep anything on their head or over their face. lol) I am with you and I enjoy doing it, don’t like the costumes at the stores (especially for girls!), and hope they look back on them with good memories. We actually had a Halloween party at the library today and one of the librarians was saying she always made her kids’ costumes and they loved it! Visiting from This is How We Roll link up.

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      That is awesome! I’m so glad to know someone else is making & enjoying making their kids’ costumes! Thanks for visiting.

  4. What fabulous costumes. One year the hubby and I dressed up as our Football player sons. I thought that one was great.

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      I LOVE that idea!!! I have a football player son right now. I may have to copy that one. 🙂

  5. I love the Lego movie costume idea!!! But I’m sure I’m crafty enough to pull it off 😛 lol
    I’ll be pinning and tweeting this.
    Greetings from the Blogger’s Pit Stop linky!

  6. All these costumes are so cute, Jenny! They really are great inspiration. I particularly like Thomas the Tank Engine. My son used to love Thomas when he was growing up. Featuring this post at the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week. Thank you so much for sharing it. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

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