My kids start talking Halloween costumes usually in July or August. “We have time,” I say. And then, inevitably, the day before Halloween I’m hunting down last-minute accessories. That being said, I’ve scored some pretty decent thrift store finds — and even called on my inner Martha Stewart — in order to pull together some epic DIY costumes over the years. Here are some of my favourites (apologies in advance for some of the poor camera quality).
Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2
This has to be my favourite DIY for my twins (back in 2010) when they were only two years old. We already had the red pants (Xavier’s — on the right — might have been pyjama bottoms) and shirts. In fact, one of these shirts was on backwards (because it had a design on the front) and then I made my own iron-on transfers. Their blue hair was a blue, feather boa stitched on a red toque. And the little Converse for added pizzaz. Love it.
Here are Thing 1 and Thing 2 with their older siblings. My daughter’s grey-on grey turned into a cute — and warm! — bunny with DIY ears on a headband and a tail (which you can’t see.) And we got a lot of mileage out of these Spider-Man pyjamas! (That red face paint, though. Not easy to remove.)
Anne of Green Gables, Dracula, Any Pirate, Curious George (or Georgette or Little Monkey) can all be found in popular literature. This was pure happenstance and I only realized it when I started typing this post.
That little monkey costume (and the one before it) went through just about every kid.
Anne of Avonlea is a classic. My daughter, nine years old at the time, had just read Anne of Green of Green Gables and I had the challenge of hunting down a costume. I couldn’t even believe my luck finding this skirt, flowery blouse and bib-dress! And the hat! The most expensive item was the wig but we had to have the wig! I added the ribbon on the hat and the brooch.
We’ve had a couple of Draculas. He made his first appearance in 2012 and again in 2014. Aidan (on the left) is wearing my DIY no-sew cape. I had fully intended on making a tutorial for it but the photos from that project, looking back, were pretty awful and I had no idea what I was doing in each step. Suffice it to say there were scissors, a ruler, cardboard and that iron-on hemming tape, since I don’t sew. Xavier lucked out with one of my random thrift store finds with his cape.
Pirates, Witches & Wizards
Once again, my boys remake the same costume (sort of). Aidan’s was a costume we inherited from a friend while Xavier wore it twice: once was a work of pure raid-the-closets genius while the other was bought by Dear Old Dad. (He got an earful from me for that one: “But we already have TWO pirate costumes!”)
The Wild West gets a super-cute makeover with these two looks, five years apart (2009 vs 2014). We took the same hat and boots and recycled the cowgirl idea with a newer plaid shirt and jean jacket. Both jackets were hand-me-downs and the hat? Dollar store or thrift store, I can’t recall.
Finally! These two were ridiculously excited to be zombies last year. And I must say, it was pretty epic. Again, all clothing was thrift store for the simple reason that it was going to be tattered, torn and ‘bloodied’. And their sweet faces only a zombie mom could love.
A costume can be really good but in order to bring it to the next level of awesomeness you need make-up. Sure, I’ve done some basic face painting (circa Spider-man, bunny rabbit and Dracula) but last year was our first foray into the world of latex make-up. Check it out my sweet zombies!
And, no. I still don’t know what we’re doing for costumes this year. Although there’s been talk of Minecraft Steve…