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Funny Halloween costume ideas

Hello, it looks like I’ve finally got everything blog put back together (for the most part) thank goodness! I’ll share a few more costumes I’ve made in years past and show off a few funny Halloween costume ideas- a pineapple and garden gnomes tomorrow. It turns out no one wanted to be a Christmas tree after all… I’m trying not to take it personally.
The fish taco, probably the biggest hit over the years and partially because it’s so transferable. I think this costume has been worn by a friend or family member every year since it’s creation. It’s made with 1/2″ thick (for the fish head) and 1″ thick foam for the tortilla, cotton fabric, craft paint (for the fish head and tortilla) and felt for the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and fish tail.

Marie Antoinette costume- I didn’t make this dress, just altered it with details and I made the pannier hoop for underneath- admittedly not the best hoop I’ve ever made. Pannier style, exaggerated side hoops as was in fashion and court dress in 1750-1795, kinda tough to engineer. Made with foam, hanger wires bent to the right shape and wide ribbon to tie it on. The hard wire lines were still slightly visible in the end, I needed more foam and fabric covering the hoop. Oh, and thank goodness for wigs!

Henry (our young neighbor) as a housewife- making good use of his curly locks. Thanks goodness for little ones who allow their mom dress them up as housewives!

Policeman taking a break with a box of donuts… priceless really.

Once again… couldn’t help myself! An because I love fish tacos so much, I really might like to marry one.

the question on everybody’s mind

Now that it’s October, the question that immediately pops into my mind is: what am I going to be for Halloween?, or more specifically… what am I going to make my kids be for Halloween? So far, no one has a costume chosen,  I’m going to try and work this in my favor and talk the troops into whatever I can dream up. Here are a few good ideas to start the creative juices flowing…
Any brilliant ideas out there? I know how to sew, pretty good…

I really want to make a few of these vintage stewardess outfits, and make my 8 year old a pilot costume, (source)

Yip-Yips from Sesame Street (source)

Blue Boy, (source)

Honey Bucket costume, via Pinterest

Will and Kate, royal family costumes, (source)

Heidi Klum’s corpse costume, source

The Brady Family- needlepoint episode? how did I miss this one? (source)

homemade Halloween costumes

Halloween is the best and I love making any homemade Halloween costumes my kids dare to request. This is what Halloween 2008 looked like:
geisha costume

This geisha costume was made using a easy costume pattern, probably Butterick, from Joann’s fabric store. The geisha wig is from a costume shop, we embellished it with extra silk flowers. The make up is also from a costume shop.
geisha halloween costumeShe wore her costume to school, but as the mom-makeup artist, I came to school right before the Halloween parade to put on her make up.
clown on a unicycle













It was a bonus that this clown has been working on his unicycle skills for months and is good enough to ride around with his candy bag in his hand. This costume is made out of a pile of silk scarves my mother-in-law gave me (instead of Goodwill).  Zipper down the back (basic jumpsuit pattern) and a few pom-poms down the front. Makeup was studied at various clown makeup sites online, then applied just before the school parade. Red wig and red clown nose are from a local costume shop. Converse shoes tie it all together. For a closer look at the clown costume look here.



clown and luke skywalker costumesWhat’s better than showing off your cute little brother, dressed as tiny Luke Skywalker at school?
young luke skywalker









This costume was made after pouring over pictures and frozen screen movie images of Luke Skywalker. The cape is just a basic pattern, probably originally designed for Harry Potter fans. The tunic and pants were made using the same pattern as the geisha dress, just shortened and lengthened when necessary. The key was the belt and accessories attached. The belt is just a wide (3 or so inches) band attached around the body with velcro and had several velcro loops for attaching the light saber (purchased online, fairly cheaply). The boots were borrowed from his big sister.
renaissance princess costume, queen costume




This medieval princess costume is also from a basic ‘princess,queen’ costume pattern. Slightly more complicated, the white tunic dress underneath is separate from the pink, sparkly lace-up-the-sides top layer. The sleeve detail adds a few airy layers for a more regal effect.


medieval princess, medieval queen costume

Crown from a costume shop, necklace from Forever 21. I love the hairdo she asked for- two high messy buns for a bit of a Knight’s Tale modern/medieval look.






for the whole day in pictures look here