Oh boy, it’s almost Halloween and you know what that means….time for the yearly ‘what can I be for Halloween?’ dilemma. For all the angst we go through deciding on, and making a costume each year I ought to make them wear their costumes every day for a week instead of just one night for an hour or two. And just to get a bunch of candy that we mostly give away since they don’t ever get more than one piece a day….and usually not even that much. Sugar is not their friend….and therefore not mine.
So, needless to say we don’t believe in spending a lot of money on costumes, and we try to use stuff that we can use afterwards like sweatpants and sweatshirts. In fact three out of the last four years their costumes were a base of sweats with embellishments.
Our inexpensive but adorable puppies. The costumes are inexpensive...not the kids.
Four years ago they were puppies. We bought sweatpants and sweatshirts then cut white spots out of an old sheet and used an iron-on adhesive paper to put them on the shirts and pants. Then we cut out felt ears and pinned them on knit hats (it is usually chilly here in Pennsylvania for trick or treat). We painted noses and whiskers on them and tied a bone with some yarn and strung it around their necks. Everyone lovec them and they got to wear the clothes (minus the spots) the rest of the winter.
The next year we all needed to dress up as the same thing since we were in a parade together. We chose painters, and the kids had a blast painting their inexpensive white button down shirts. They simply wore jeans for pants, had a paintbrush in their pocket, and used empty, cleaned out paint cans for their treat bags. The dogs even got into the act. Tasha wore a shirt, and Nipper, since she was already white with spots just had a few colored spots added with food coloring. The white painted shirts were big enough that they used them as smocks for our messy craft projects for the next two years
Painters costumes for all including the not so happy dogs. Tasha refused to be on the picture citing doggie humiliation.
The kids haven’t even chosen what they’d like to be yet this year, but Makenna is leaning toward a butterfly again, since that was her birthday theme. They were butterflies two years ago and it was a popular costume because they loved painting the wings.
Black Sweatpants and sweatshirts teamed with poster board made for pretty and uh, handsome butterfly costumes
We used black sweatpants and a black hooded, zipper sweatshirt. Poster board in the color of their choice was used for the wings which they decorated with paint and glitter. Then we cut two vertical holes about 1 inche wide by 4 inches long in the center of the wings (about 4 inches apart) and strung through two 2 inch wide pieces of black fabric that we cut from an old shirt. We wrapped the one set of ties over their shoulders and the other around their chests and then knotted them together in front. This kept the wings on securely and the tie wasn’t noticeable since they were all black. We found feelers for their heads at the dollar store, and their costumes were complete. Again they had the clothes to wear all winter.
Maybe you have been inspired by one of our thrifty costumes, or if you have any great inexpensive costume ideas you have done in the past please let us know….we are still pretty undecided on this year yet.