Are you serious that Halloween is in a few weeks? I still can’t get over how fast the year is flying by. It also means that we get to start doing so many fun things. And one of those fun things is dressing up for Halloween! Are you like me and like doing family costumes? Well, I’m here to show you some fun family Halloween costume themes that you can totally pull off.
Now, you’ll have to forgive me for my pictures. Some of these are from years ago and I did not think about blogging and taking better pictures. I wanted to show you what we did for these themed costumes so bear with me. We also had the unfortunate event of a mouse in our Halloween tubs last year. There were many things we had to throw away, some of that included some costumes. So sad!
Thing 1 and Thing 2
This can be an easy costume to pull off, especially if you already have blue wigs or can borrow them. You will need red shirts and pants (my mother in law sewed our red pants for us), blue wigs, and signs that say Thing 1 and Thing 2. I just made the signs on the computer and printed them off onto card stock.
Pirates and Parakeet
When Mr. E was a baby we decided to be pirates and Mr. E was out parakeet. I made his costume and was very pleased with it. I found a red sweatshirt and safety pinned the wings onto the it. The wings are different colors of felt that I sewed together. I made a pattern and traced it onto each color of felt. Cutting them out was the most time consuming. I found a red hat that I turned into a bird’s head by adding a yellow felt beak and some black eyes. Lastly, I made parakeet feet out of yellow felt. I added a strip of elastic so they can go attach to any shoe or feet easily.
For Eddy and I we bought some shear red fabric. I simply cut it in half and we tied it around our waste. We found Dollar Store pirate hats and eye patches. Then we wore black and white clothes.
Winnie the Pooh
Mr. E has loved Winnie the Pooh for years! When he was almost 2 we decided to dress him up as Winnie the Pooh. So that meant that Eddy and I got to be characters from Pooh Bear as well. I was pregnant with Miss L so it would have made perfect sense for me to be Kanga and my baby bump could have been Roo. I was too sensible because I had gray sweats and sweatshirt. Therefore I was Eeyore. I wouldn’t have to buy anything brown. Eddy was Christopher Robin.
Pooh was a fun costume to make. I sewed little yellow pants for Mr. E. Found a red shirt at a thrift store that I could cut to make it a mid drift. I used a small oatmeal container to make him a honey pot/candy collector. I also found a hat that I made into a Pooh head.
Eeyore was a very easy costume to make. I already had gray sweats so I just needed to make a tail and ears. I used felt and safety pinned the tail to my pants and the ears to the hood of my sweatshirt.
Christopher Robin was the easiest of all! Eddy wore a plaid button up shirt and we got a helium red balloon. That’s it! Sadly I have no idea if or where a picture is with the three of us all dressed up is. 🙁
When Mr. E was 2 and Miss L was about 9 months they were both ghosts. And cute ones! For Mr. E I got an old white T-shirt of mine. I cut strips from the bottom to about the knees. Easy peasy! Miss L’s custom was a little bit more involved. I found white tulle that came rolled up. I also sewed the ends of a piece of elastic that fit around Miss L’s tummy. I cut the same length of pieces of the white tulle. Then I looped them around the piece of elastic. The skirt was done. I got a plain white onsie and glued on black felt pieces to make a ghost face. Tadaa! Two cute and easy ghost costumes. Don’t mind the super fuzzy picture…
A list of fun family Halloween customs wouldn’t be complete without spiders! I wanted to make black widow spiders. So darling! These are the things you will need if you want to recreate this spider look:
- plain black long sleeve shirt
- black pants
- long black socks or tub socks
- needle and thread or sewing machine
- piece of red felt
- black beanie hat
- black finger gloves
- googly eyes
To make the spider costume, follow these directions:
- Put the stuffing into the black tub socks. Sew the end closed so the stuffing doesn’t come out. You will need 4 altogether.
- Sew 2 spider legs onto each long sleeves. I tried to make sure they were on the same place for each arm.
- Cut out an hour glass out of the red felt. Then glue it onto the stomach of the black shirt.
- Attached some googly eyes onto the black beanie. I found ones that had sticky backs.
- Now it is time to get your cutie dressed!
I wanted to join in the fun so I made a costume for me too. I did not sew the extra legs or red felt onto my shirt because I wanted to continue to wear it again as a normal shirt. Instead I safety pinned them. I was lucky that I had black maternity pants to wear because I was weeks away from having Miss S. Mr. E was a spider for two years in a row, score!
I find it a lot of fun to create and make Halloween costumes for my kiddos. I love trying to do family themed costumes but I think those days may be coming to an end. But maybe not, we will see.
Last year Mr. E wanted to be a recycle can (another fun costume I created), Miss L fell in love with a fairy princess costume from Costco. My mother in law was dying to buy it for her. And Miss S used the parakeet costume. She loved it and was so excited to be able to get dressed up in it. I was 8 months pregnant and decided last minute that I wanted to dress up. So Eddy and I were Hefty and Glad. Haha, I thought I was being funny.
We don’t know what we will be dressing up as this year. When we have decided I will make a post about it. What fun family Halloween costume themes have you used in the past or are planning on using this year? I’d love to hear about them. Happy dressing up!