I LOVE fall……and with fall comes Halloween and with Halloween comes trick or treating and costumes!!
When I was young, I remember being so excited to dress up and march up and down the streets of our grandparent’s neighborhood ringing doorbells anticipating who was going to answer (a lot of people in the neighborhood would dress up) and what treats we were going to get (would we get a full sized bar? Yes, sometimes there were full sized bars…..even in the 80’s).
After a night of trick or treating we would head back to our grandparent’s house and dump all of our loot on the floor (of course Mom would have to sort through it first…….you know, to make sure that no a-hole put needles or razor blades in the candies). After we got the go ahead, it was time to count our candy and make trades.
My sister and I have trick or treated over the past 30 years in the same neighborhood. Of course we are no longer the ones trick or treating anymore……it is our kids turn. Every year we get geared up to head out with our husbands, our mom and our kids in tow. It is an event!
Homemade costumes are my favorite. My mom would bust out the make up and whatever props she could find is what we used. I remember being a hobo or a clown several times over the years.
circa 1980 something clowns (I am the one in the wig)…..
Well my sister and I have continued the tradition of homemade costumes over the years. With a trip to the thrift shop and/or craft store you can be just about anything.
Check out my sister and I a decade or so later (I am the cheesing vampire)……
Now we get to make our kids costumes (at least for now).
Here are a couple of my favorites that my sister came up with for her kids.
My nephew was the cutest Chucky ever!!
And this one was super cool…..my nephew as Stewie….
Here are a few that I have made for my kids…….
My daughter was really into Monster High a few years back so we picked up a couple of pairs of green tights and drew some stitches on them, grabbed one of dad’s ties and we had our very own Frankie Stein (luckily she already had a dress similar to Frankie’s in the closet so this one was pretty easy)……
My son was one year old last Halloween so we were thinking that it was probably going to be the last year he wouldn’t have an opinion about his costume. We couldn’t resist making him the Key Master from Ghostbusters. I found a plastic colander, painted it silver and added a bunch of old wires with a pair of glasses we had left over from an old Velma costume…….
My daughter was obsessed with Bellatrix last year so that is who she wanted to be. We bought a dress at the thrift shop. I cut it up in a few places and laced it back together. I also tried my hand at making a corset. She picked a stick from the yard as her wand and painted it herself. We later sprayed her hair black (which was a pain to get out of her blonde hair)
This year we are going to tackle the Joker and Harley Quinn. I have not started on the Joker yet but we have Harley Quinn about 75% done. All that is left to do is work out the make up.
We started my daugher’s costume by making Harley’s mallet out of an oatmeal container and a big stick.
My daughter even helped paint it…….
I bought a dress from the thrift shop and hot glued a couple of diamonds I cut from some fabric (yes I hot glued them…..I don’t sew….yet). However I did make an exception and sewed (poorly I might add) some ribbon to a pair of gloves to make them look like jester gloves.
This is our 75% complete Harley costume….
and one more picture…….
Please don’t get me wrong I have purchased plenty of costumes. I couldn’t pass up the cute little pumpkin or ladybug the first couple of Halloweens for my daughter but I have found that I really enjoy making my kids costumes. It is exciting and fun to have the kids pick what they want to be and then try to figure out how to make it. They may not be the best quality but they come from the heart.
I am sure the day is going to come very soon when they don’t want mom making their costumes anymore, so I am going to enjoy every minute of them being excited for now about what I can make for them.