Friday, September 2, 2011

Halloween Costumes- Part IV- Fast and Easy

Sometimes- more lately than ever- I just don't have the time to whip up an amazing costume. My kids and I have learned to be creative and use the stuff we already have, and they don't seem to mind one bit!

I made this knight costume when I was 7 months pregnant and laid up with a broken ankle.
The tunic was made of that awesome no-fray fabric I love so much. I cut a rectangle wide enough to go across both of my son's shoulders, and long enough to hang to above the knees when folded in half and held up to his shoulders. I cut a narrow hole for his head to go through and then used a thin strip of the fabric to cinch it around his waist. Viola! The helmet, shield, ax, and breastplate were all purchased from Dollar Tree, and he wore a black turtleneck and sweatpants underneath. My little guy felt might heroic in his armor.

Ah, yes. This is the year I didn't even try. I was pregnant and feeling crappy, my kids didn't seem to care what they dressed up as, and we had enough of a dress-up stash that I was confident we could find something in a hurry. Besides, that Tigger costume is the bomb! Who wouldn't want to wear that? Anyway, my oldest wouldn't decide and trick-or-treating time was almost upon us. I told him to go downstairs and put something- anything!- on so we could go. His eyes lit up with an idea, he ran downstairs, and came back minutes later wearing black sweatpants, a black hoodie, the Darth Vader cape, and a Batman mask. He grabbed his black rainboots from the coat closet and grinned at me triumphantly. I love that kid!

The Robot
My husband gets the credit for this one. He had the idea and talked our oldest into wearing it. It's a large box covered in aluminum foil, decorated with foamies and Dollar Tree round aluminum pans, and if you look really close you'll see LED lights sticking out of the pan in front. He rigged it up so the lights would blink. He's such a nerd. =)

The classic black cat, with a twist.
We celebrated last Halloween at a church party the day before and then my kids stayed home to hand out candy on the actual day. Sadly, I didn't get pictures of their "real" costumes from the party, but you'll get the idea from these ones taken in a frenzy.

I didn't have a say in this costume. I just had to follow my guy's instructions. He was adamant about what he wanted to be and what he wanted to wear, so here you go:
A black shirt (he had a long-sleeved one on the day before), the ever-present versatile black sweatpants, and a nose and whiskers drawn on with marker. For some reason, he insisted on having red whiskers that time. I don't know why, but that's my 4-year-old for you! The tail is just a long strip of black fleece safety-pinned to the back of his waistband. I made diamonds out of the same fleece (about 4 inched tall and 2 inches wide), folded them in half to make triangles, hot-glued them to stay that way, and then safety-pinned them to a black knit cap.

So, you see, costumes don't have to be fancy (although, if you do happen to have the talent of the fabulous Brittney, more power to you!) or take a lot of time or money. Honestly, I'd rather see an imperfect homemade costume than a cookie-cutter 1 of a million store-bought costume any day. Besides, it's WAY more fun for everyone when the kids get to help choose and put their costumes together.

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