When I was little, our Halloween costumes were always handmade--my favorites were the time I was a tiger, and the time I was Jem. We have continued the tradition of homemade costumes around here--and luckily my kids haven't requested anything too crazy yet. It's fun to do, much cheaper to make your own, and it's pretty much guaranteed that your kids won't show up to the party in the same costume as someone else. If you and your kiddos are still looking for THE perfect costume for Halloween (how did it sneak up on us so fast?), here are some of ours from the past couple of years, with basic instructions (very basic--I am no seamstress--believe me) and some links to instructions.
It's pretty fun what you can do with a little hot glue and felt.
2009. Black Widow and Police Man.
-black onesie (super cheap at walmart)
-black tights (already owned)
-black shoes (already owned)
-black fabric for legs
-batting to stuff legs
hot glue a red hourglass shape onto the onesie.
sew four long black tubes and stuff with batting. sew onto onesie. (you could also use black stuffed pantyhose for this.
I made a very basic tulle skirt by cutting long strips of tulle and tying them onto the elastic
blue pants and shirt (both thrifted)
felt for a "tie" and police badge and stripes (hot glued on)
I found the police hat online for a couple dollars (sorry but I cannot make hats), and a little police kit with walkie talkie, whistle, and cuffs for super cheap. Easiest costume ever.
2010. Frankenstein and Skunk
easy how to on this post HERE
2011 Luke Skywakler
5 minute robe tutorial on this post HERE
How to on this post HERE
Some of you know that for Robby's family reunion each year we all dress up for our theme night.
Here are my two favorite years
Pirate costumes are so easy to throw together. Robby and I literally got our stuff the day OF the party at the thrift store. Cut off some old pants, add ruffly shirts, vests, belts, jewels, add a bandanna, an eye patch, and maybe a few whiskers with eyeliner. done.
Animal print fabric sewn in a tube with some arm holes cut out.....that's basically all you need. A wig unless you already have caveman hair (uh, I do).
Check out THIS POST for how to make clubs and bones and the kids costumes.
I'm currently working on a little boy vampire costume and a little girl werewolf costume.....I'll post those sometime soon.
What are you dressing up as this year?