Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Simple Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is a week away, which means that if you're anything like me, there's a good chance you're frantically trying to get costumes made for the kids!

No matter how good my intentions are, I always find myself making the kids' costumes at the last minute every Halloween. I'm going to blame Lola's birthday falling two weeks beforehand for keeping me busy earlier on in the month! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Anyway, I've become a bit of a pro at making those last minute costumes so today I'm sharing some of my favorites with you and they all have one thing in common. They all start off as a basic pair of pajamas, dress or t-shirt from Primary.com! This year's costumes will be no different with colorful pajamas as the base for a lobster, Pikachu and Minecraft Creeper costumes.

Here's a look at some of the simple costumes I've made for the kids in the past.

Powerpuff Girls
Can you believe I convinced all three girls to go with a group costume? Neither can I, but it happened! These costumes are still my favorite two years down the track. These costumes consist of sleeveless dress in green, pink and blue worn over white tights with black shoes. I made wide black belts out of stretchy fabric, but you could easily use wide elastic instead. The masks were made out of felt and were the most time consuming part of the costumes. You could skip the masks and still look like the Powerpuff Girls, but for me they really made the costumes. To give Ava that Blossom look I sprayed her hair orange with a washout hair color and tied it back in a high ponytail. I topped off the look with a giant red bow made out of felt and wire (to keep it upright) attached to a headband. For Lola's Bubbles look I tied her hair back into piggy tails. I stitched blue felt balls onto hairbands as I was unable to find blue hair baubles for her. I thought about spraying Mathilde's hair black to complete her Buttercup look but seeing as she was still young enough for naps at the time I figured there was a good chance we'd end up with black hair spray all over her bed! One of my favorite things about this costume is that the girls got a lot of wear out of these dresses. They're such great every day dresses. Surprisingly, two years down the track the girls still fit into the dresses. Extra value for money!


Robot
Seriously, how cute is this little robot? It's a super simple costume to make and almost everything can be found in your recycling! A box, some silver duct tape or paint, bottle lids and a couple of pipe cleaners over a pair of grey pajamas. You can find the full DIY here.



Smurf or Smurfette
This costume can easily be a two for one! I made the smurf hat with detachable yellow hair (it goes in place with a strip of velcro) so it can be worn as either a boy smurf or Smurfette. For Smurfette I paired blue pajamas with a white dress over the top. For a boy smurf I paired white pajama pants with a blue pajama top and added a blue felt ball as a teeny, tiny Smurf tail. You can find the full DIY here.


Coyote
This simple costume would easily work as a dog, cat, wolf, mouse, squirrel... Pretty much any cute, fluffy animal you can think of. Mathilde loves coyotes so that's we went with.
I made a simple tail out of faux fur fabric attached to an elastic waist band and furry ears attached to a headband. Pair with some brown pajamas and voila!


Unicorn
What's that walking with the coyote above? It's a unicorn! This costume also features pajamas as the base and you could use any color you like. Lola wanted to be a white unicorn with a pink mane, tail and horn. The tail was made from lengths of wool stitched into an elastic waist band and was super simple to make. The hat was a little trickier, mostly because I made the whole thing from scratch. Starting with a simple pilot style cap would make things a lot easier. I stitched lengths of wool all the way down the middle of the hat to make the mane and felt ears on the sides. I made the horn by rolling up a piece of felt and used a hot glue gun to hold it together and onto the hat. I wrapped a sparkly pipe cleaner around the horn for some extra sparkly magic.


Vampire Bat
This costume is made from a simple DIY that I found on the creative blog mypoppet.com.au. You can find it here. You may recognize one of the bats in the post! At the time I paired the wings with a black leotard and a pair of leggings but you could also go with a black t-shirt instead of the leotard. I made some big bat ears out of felt and attached them to a headband. I drew on some sharp teeth to make Lola look menacing. Or not. She still looks pretty damn cute! One of the things that I love about costumes that are just accessories rather than a whole outfit is that they can be worn time and time again by different members of the family. I was a bat for Halloween last year, and while I was definitely too big to use these tiny wings from 3 year old Lola, I was able to wear the bat ears as part of my costume.


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