DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes have become a pretty big deal around here. E has always loved dressing up, and I’d be lying if I said I had nothing to do with that. For example, for his first Halloween, I dressed him up as a pirate during his nap.

I don’t know what happened to my mom-motivation the following Halloween, but I do know I bought his costume for 40% off, mere hours before trick or treating began. He was just over a year, so he really didn’t mind. He actually probably preferred that to being dressed up as a pirate in his sleep, but anyway.

Right after E turned 2, he became obsessed with Disney’s Cars characters. I told Chris I was going to make him a Mater (the tow truck) costume. He responded, “are you seriously making that costume out of cardboard?” He was horrified. At that point, he severely underestimated my cardboard transformation abilities. I finished E’s costume the night before Halloween, because there’s nothing quite like last minute!

Needless to say, Chris went back in to work the next day and retracted any and all statements about how trashy I was for making a Halloween costume out of cardboard for our son.

In 2014, E decided he wanted us to dress up as the characters from Monsters, Inc. He suggested that the two of us go as Mike and Sully, and that Chris go as Mr. Waternoose. Sadly, Chris missed out because he was stuck at work. It was a blessing really, because I had no interest in making a Mr. Waternoose costume.

For E’s Mike costume, I used a pair of lime green girl’s leggings, a random blue hat that I loosely stitched the Monsters University logo and felt horns onto, and a pair of 99 cent fuzzy gloves. For his shirt, I stitched together a long sleeve and a short sleeve shirt at the waist and arm/neck holes, and filled the space between the two shirts with stuffing to give him a rounder look. I cut the face pieces out of felt and stitched them on before layering the two shirts. My costume was a little easier –  I painted purple spots on the crazy blue furry fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics before our local one closed up shop. I never did get a good picture, but I stitched a tail and several felt “spikes” to the back of the costume. I attached felt horns to a headband, whipped up a simple pair of furry mittens, and then layered the costume over pieces I already had in my closet.

Last Halloween, E decided he would be a transforming Bumblebee. Oh! Isn’t that nice! I scoured the internet for tips, ideas, ANYTHING. I sent Chris a picture of a pile of cardboard and told him I was at it again. This time he was not shocked, or appalled. I ordered the base costume and mask on Amazon, mostly in case I totally dropped the ball on the cardboard version. I also finished this costume the day of Halloween. His favorite part was the “headlights” because they really lit up, and the fact that it really could transform.

After Halloween ended last year, E told me he’d like to go as a ghost the next time. I breathed a sigh of relief, until he changed his mind and made the announcement that he and his sister would go as Batman and Robin. He gave me the option of Poison Ivy or Penguin. Naturally, their costumes are not quite finished yet! Can’t wait to share them here 🙂

Published by em and ellie

Thank you for stopping by! I'm the mama behind em and ellie, formerly mama & little e. Although I've been a crafty sewist for years, I formally started my DIY adventure in July 2013, after a lot of prompting from Mr. Mama, and two random unrelated orders for baby gifts from friends. Shortly after the first two orders, I launched an etsy shop. On top of running my handmade boutique, I love to spend time repurposing random junk, making ridiculous Halloween costumes out of cardboard, decorating (and re-decorating) our home on a budget, taking pictures of my kids, and making elaborate meal plans that nobody actually follows. I also own an obscene amount of throw pillows.

One thought on “DIY Halloween Costumes

  1. Hi Colleen I anxiously await the arrival of the most creative and awesome Halloween costumes you will make. I love the creative juices of E and your handy work. You guys are an awesome team. Love you bunches and miss you everyday ❤️❤️❤️Thanks for Facebook and Sharing. Brings smiles to my day everyday ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


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