Themed Family Halloween Costumes
I love a good theme. You'll get to know as I post more and more that I loooove my family to be "coordinated." Sometimes we're a little overly matchy-matchy, but I'm ok with it, I find it fun and adorable. But of all times where it is acceptable to be coordinated I think Halloween is certainly top of the list. Now I'm also a "splurge and save" kind of woman. I'm sorry, but I am not willing to splurge on Halloween costumes that we will wear once. So this has forced me to get crafty and creative. So here is a run down of our past three years of themed family Halloween costumes.
So Greyson, our oldest, was born in September of 2013. We were invited to a good friend's Halloween party at their house and we really wanted to go. Fortunately, newborns are super portable. I was searching on Pinterest for a good infant costume, that was cute yet still practical. I didn't want just a onesie or pjs that made him look like a skeleton. However, the choices were kind of slim. Then it dawned on me. He's always in the miracle blanket swaddle, Trevor referred to him as our "little burrito," he can be a burrito! And we can dress up as traditional Mexicans. I apologize if anyone does not view this as politically correct, just trying to pull off some easy costumes. Fortunately, my amazing friend Molly hooked me up with some essential supplies. I had recalled her kids having some Melissa and Doug felt food so I asked her if I could borrow it to safety pin it to Greyson. When telling her my idea for the costume she said her mom, who was a kindergarten teacher, had ponchos and sombreros we could borrow. I Googled a burrito label and Chipotle actually had one that said "Boorito" that was even cuter, so I printed that out. So here are our first family themed Halloween costumes costing zero dollars.
For our second Halloween as a family I once again popped on Pinterest and started searching for family themed costume ideas. I came across a vintage circus themed family and I thought that was an awesome idea. My plan was for Greyson to be the strong man, my husband the ringmaster, I would be a bearded lady.
For Greyson's costume I used clothes he already had. He had a striped one piece jumper from Carter's that had a pirate ship on it so I just turned that inside out. It was a tank so I put a white long sleeve underneath. We then attached some rolled up socks with safety pins for his muscles under the long sleeve along the biceps. The sweatpants he already had. To make the barbell I used a kids' toy plastic golf club that we had just took the end (the club of the putter piece) off, then attached some blown up black balloons. I used a white paint pen to write the pounds. A little black eyeliner for his mustache, a little side slicked hair and he's ready!
Trevor and I are fortunate that we work at a high school so we have a connection to the drama department. They hooked Trevor up with the jacket with coat tails, and the top hat. The other pieces were articles he already owns. I purchased the whip at the party store for around 7 bucks.
Lastly, my fancy get up. Believe it or not I had the dress already. It is vintage that I had bought at an estate sale a couple years prior. I saw it and thought it was great and I'd eventually wear it for something. Not to mention I think I paid 10 bucks for it. I thought it was perfect for the old fashioned look of the bearded lady. So I borrowed the beard from the good ol' drama department. The headband I already owned from Nordstrom.
So in terms of new purchases for 2014's family Halloween costumes, I spent under 20 bucks (whip, balloons, white paint pen).
Halloween 2016 was probably most challenging due to the fact that we were now a family of 5 and I had two infants. Fortunately, last year's lumberjack/buffalo plaid craze gave me inspiration. I took to Pinterest which did offer some cute ideas for lumberjack costumes for myself, my husband, and Greyson. The twins were a bit more tricky. So I settled on the three of us being lumberjacks and the twins being logs! For Trevor, Greyson, and myself the costumes were clothes that we already owned. Some plaid shirts, jeans, boots, vests, and hats. I busted out the eyeliner again to draw some facial hair on the boys. I purchased the axes at the party store.
For or the twins log costumes I bought a few yards of fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric (some on sale brown felt-like kind of material). I don't sew so I also picked up some fabric glue. I used the twins' sleep sacks as my guide and traced out the pattern. I cut and then glued together the sacks. I then used some black and brown fabric paint to draw some texture to make it look like bark. Finally, I found whatever brown or brownish clothes they had to wear under the make shift sacks.
Lastly, was our dog's costume. This was not my idea, but my mother-in-law insisted that we had our dog Harley be Babe the Blue Ox (Paul Bunyon reference). She found an old blue t-shirt and made the horns using some cardboard, and drew the little sign.
So so all in all, I thought this was a successful family theme especially with two infants. And once again my total cost was under 20 bucks!
Some tips on how to keep costume costs to a minimum:
-Think about items and clothing you already own and how you could transform them.
-Ask friends! Put the word out about what you are planning and see if anyone has supplies you can borrow.
-Children's consignment shops like Once Upon a Child (for you locals is a great one) also tend to put out costumes at great prices.
So now onto planning this year's theme. Any suggestions?