Well, hello there! It’s September 1st, which is an unofficial new holiday in our house. This is the day that my children are allowed to start talking about plans for Halloween! G has been trying to toss costume ideas at me for months, and while part of me would love to have some extra time for any DIY craziness, I also don’t want to risk them changing their minds a billion times if they pick something too early.
But! Here we are, the dollar stores are stocked up with cobwebs and tombstones, Costco’s sporting a rack of superhero and princess outfits, it’s open season on Halloween, and I’m ready to go! And to celebrate, I figured it might be a good time to collect all of my favorite Halloween memories and list them for those of you who might want a few fun family costume ideas.
Let’s start with the year that we had the twins. I put together a completely DIY set of Star Wars costumes, with the six-month-olds as Luke and Leia, and a Queen Amidala getup for myself. G was initially going to be Yoda, but, well, he was two years old and had a hissy fit every time I tried to put the hat on him, so I scrapped it and made him Han Solo instead.
I hand-made that Leia wig out of hair extensions from the dollar store, and the Luke wig was a cheap “rocker” wig that I sewed a little to try and shrink it down for an infant head. Yes, I made wigs for babies. Yes, it’s insane. INSANELY ADORABLE!
This is unfortunately the only picture I have of the four of us together. Obviously G was in the middle of yet another two-year-old fit, and I was gritting my teeth SO hard in this picture trying to keep him from throwing himself on the ground. We never even made it out for trick or treating that year, sadly.
In 2014, G decided he wanted to be Mickey Mouse. I thought briefly about making all of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse costumes, but the Disney Store costumes were pretty adorable and reasonably priced, so I went with the store-bought Mickey and Donald, and I created a Minnie costume from parts of a secondhand Mickey and a dance dress I got off of Zulily. It took minimal sewing (just a bow and some eyelashes) and was super cute!
Little g was the most adorable Donald Duck ever. His little toddler waddle combined with that plush duck butt was just too cute for words.
Last year we went with the very DIY-heavy Miles From Tomorrowland. If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you saw a lot of the process that I went through to put these costumes together.
I bought G’s Miles costume from the Disney Store, but since they didn’t offer any of the other characters for sale, I created the elements for Loretta, Phoebe, and Leo Callisto and listed them on my store at CowCow in case anyone else needed them. Since then, I’ve actually been able to add child-sized T-shirts (when I first ordered, they didn’t carry them), so all of the hassle I went through trying to turn an adult tank top into a toddler dress isn’t necessary anymore. So if anyone needs a Loretta costume to go with Miles, grab it now because their shipping and processing is very slow.
If you haven’t seen the whole process I went through to create these, here are a few posts to check out!
What will 2016 bring for the Rocket family? Hopefully I’ll find out today! Stay tuned!