DIY Halloween Costumes for the Entire Family

Halloween is one of my most favorite times of year. There's something about the cooler weather, the over-abundance of candy {mmm...Reese's!}, and the adorable kiddos dressed in Halloween costumes. When my kids were younger I dressed them in theme. The first year my two boys were Batman and Robin. The following year they were Captain Hook and Peter Pan. When we had our third son they all dressed as Star Wars characters, Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper and the baby was Yoda. Once my oldest son formed his own opinion, I lost my say-so in who wore what. And, that's okay, I guess. We all still have fun deciding on who or what they'll all dress-up as. Some years, they choose something that really makes me put on my thinking cap and get down and dirty with the glue gun. Other years, it's as easy as … [Read more...]

10 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

It's the time of year when ghosts and goblins come out to play. Of course, they aren't real ghosts and goblins...they're our children dressed up for trick-or-treating and Halloween partying! And, if we're really cool parents, we dress-up with our kids! My kids ask to be something different every year. And every year I secretly hope they'll ask to be something I can make myself. A good DIY costume is second to none. This year out of five kids I get to make three costumes. Not bad odds. {The five-week-old baby doesn't get a say so. Ha!} My oldest son wants to dress-up as a nerd. {Awesome!} My four-year-old daughter wants to dress-up as an angel. {Easy enough!} I'm glad they chose easy costumes to create. When your kids tell you they want to dress up as something or someone do you … [Read more...]

Easy Halloween Costumes from Your Closet

I remember growing up we did not do a lot of trick-or-treating. We did, however, go to “Hallelujah Night “ or “Fall Festival” parties thrown by local churches (and sometimes we would hit up two or three of these “parties”. Oh, we were all about the candy!) I also remember how the brothers and I always had to go as a Bible character (had to as in that is what we wanted to be not simply had to). Most of the time, my brothers wanted to go as Shepherds. Mom grabbed a bathrobe and rope, a pillowcase for head garb and found a stick out in the yard to be used as a staff (and just sometimes my brothers would be ultra cool and hide a water gun under their robes as well). One year, Mom made the Christian Solider from Ephesians 6 costume out of a can of silver spray paint and cardboard. That … [Read more...]

Halloween Costumes You Can Make from Home

One of the most expensive parts of Halloween is the costume. The cost of Halloween costumes can add up quickly with the cost of accessories, makeup and the costume, especially if you have more than one child. Here are three easy costume ideas you can make at home without spending too much money. You can also learn some easy ways to save on costume expenses here. Zombie Costume Zombies are popular this year. Your teenager or your child may want to be a zombie, and this is an easy costume to put together yourself. The most expensive component of a zombie costume is the make up, but if you search dollar stores you could be in luck! Find or purchase old clothes from a thrift shop. You can go with a theme such as a prom or wedding zombies or just have an ordinary zombie. Tear the … [Read more...]

Tween Halloween Costume: Homemade Minnie Mouse

Finding Age-Appropriate Halloween Costumes Why do Halloween Costumes for teenagers always  look like streetwalkers? My 12-yr-old daughter wants to be Minnie Mouse this year. She and I hopped online and began searching for costumes. And the first two options we came across were: Yeah. Neither of those are going to work. The left came from Kohl’s. And while it would be great for a 3-year-old, my nearly teen was NOT impressed. Plus it cost a whopping $49! That’s a bit steep for my budget! I don’t really have to talk about the one on the right. The title says it all: "Sexy Minnie Mouse Costume." Crazy. And wrong. I did come across a possibility from the Disney store online: Maybe if she wore black leggings this would be okay?? And the price was decent, $25 on sale. Oh … [Read more...]

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Some people have a fear of public speaking.Others fear spiders, the dark, snakes.Me?I fear costumes. I tried wearing my regular jeans and heels to Halloween parties, and saying that I was dressed up as a ‘designer’s rep’ – that didn’t cut it (since at the time, that WAS my job).Then there was the year that a boyfriend and I dressed up as the American Flag.I wore all white, and he wore all blue.With red construction paper, we cut thick strips and double stick taped them to my clothes.We found gold stars at a party supply store, and double stick taped those to his clothes.Simple, but creative. Need Last Minute Costume Ideas? If you or your kids have been putting off figuring out what to dress up as for Halloween, here are some simple ideas: Gum stuck to the Bottom of a Shoe - wear … [Read more...]