Today, I am going to share a few tips on creating Halloween costumes, and then show you a bunch of pictures from my family's past Halloween costumes. Click on any links below for the tutorials on our costumes :)
Ok... here is my #1 tip regarding Halloween costumes: Allow your kids to totally let their creativity shine, by letting them pick what they want to be. (Keeping in mind that it needs to be appropriate morally, weather-wise, affordable, etc). The last 2 years, my kids have blown me out of the water with their creativity! If it would have been up to me, I probably would have forced them to coordinate and be all matchy-matchy... but I'm so glad I listened to my instincts and let them choose! They were proud, and I was proud of them for being so creative! They talked about what they wanted to be all.year.long. They both had a hard time narrowing it down. But here's the other thing: once they have decided, you have to help them commit. No changing their minds after I've started making the costumes!
And my #2 tip: Let your kids help you create their costumes! This one is so important to me. Not only will your child have fun with you while making it, but you will totally create special memories with them. And, they will take pride in the fact that they helped. I loved telling our neighbors that the kids helped to make their costumes. That little fact actually got them a lot of extra candy :)
The great thing about Halloween costumes is that they are worn once or twice, and totally don't have to be perfect. The thriftier, the better, if you ask me! I am willing to invest in things like wigs, that can be reused for other costumes, but most of what I make our costumes with comes from my basement.
So do you want to see what my kids were for Halloween the last few years? Here we go!
Click for more, lots more on the story and making of this costume!
Amish boy, Rainbow Butterfly
If you know this child, you know there wasn't a more perfect costume for her :)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(yes, this one is painfully cheesy. i was super pregnant with zero motivation that year)!
(wow, my husband is a good sport, letting me dress him up as a prince)
This year, we are all dressing up as pirates! I don't force the family theme (anymore) but actually my entire family (cousins, siblings, parents) is dressing up as pirates this year... so fun (even though we all live in different states, so sad)! My kids are obsessed with the Disney cartoon, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," so we're going to have so much fun with this theme!