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Handmade, not scary, Halloween costumes for kids

An assortment of Halloween costumes for kids I’ve made over the years- Elvis, Mary Queen of Scots, Fish Taco, Vikings, an Eskimo, Gnomes, Siberian Husky dog, Marie Antoinette, Angel & Devil, Sound of Music drapery outfits,  Cinderella, Boo from Monsters Inc., Pineapple, BMX rider Fuzzy Hall, Zombie Bride, and Ice Cream Cone. Click on any image to start a slideshow.

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.

homemade halloween costumes

homemade halloween costumes
Halloween is so much fun. The simple fact that one night out of the year you can knock on any door in America and be given candy seems magical to me. And dressing up…that’s my favorite part and homemade Halloween costumes are my jam.
Clothes have always been important to me ever since I can remember. My Mom said that when I was very little she could name someone we saw that day and I could describe exactly what they were wearing. Halloween, to me, is an excuse to take clothing to the extreme- and I’m all over that. I love to sew, whatever the occasion, but especially when it comes to costumes. My kids know that they can ask for anything and I’ll give it my best shot to make it happen.
Over the years we’ve had Elvis (size 18 months), “Bo” in her monster costume from the movie Monsters Inc., matching vikings, and many various and sundry princess/fancy lady types. I don’t think it matter much to my girls ‘who’ you are exactly, but that there enough fabric in the dress so that a hoop may be worn underneath. As you can see, this year was no exception.
My kids are the perfect ages for good old, old fashioned Halloween fun… trick-or-treating until you drop. Getting ready for bed tonight I heard M sigh and say, “I love Halloween, it’s my favorite.” I agree. It’s all about kids, a day when you can get dressed up, wear makeup, parade around and collect candy from adults while they smile at you and compliment your costume is just about a perfect day.
Right before bed I overheard M counting her candy, the number was around 150 pieces. You know what I say, go for it…let nature run it’s course. Eat up my friends until it’s all gone, but don’t forget to brush your teeth really good. And, as your mother I will continue to insist you get your 5 servings of fruits and veggies and balanced meals in between all that candy.

homemade halloween costumes

Marie Antoinette costume

Q as Marie Antoinette. Inspired by her trip to Versailles this summer. And of course, the homemade Halloween costume falls into the fancy lady (or royalty) from history who wears a hoop under her dress, that costume prerequisite.

homemade halloween costumes

Fish Taco costume

I must admit I begged F to be a fish taco and he eventually agreed. It was very funny and got a lot of laughs. Kids were a little confused, (you eat fish in a taco??) This costume probably won’t make them want to try one either, with the image of the head and tail still on when it’s served to you burned in their little minds. Oops!

homemade halloween costumes

Dead Bride Costume

This is the first year any of my kids wanted to be something “scary”, she may be a dead bride but she still looks very cute. At school today she said, (about the boy she has a crush on) “I wish he was dressed up as a dead groom”. This picture is sans blackened bouquet of flowers, too much to worry about when you’re toting 3 lbs.+ of candy around the neighborhood.

homemade halloween costumes

Tiny Policeman costume

This policeman costume is recycled from a few years ago. We got lots of mileage out of the donut clipped to the belt next to the handcuffs and billy club. It took a bit of convincing for C to agree that real police are ‘nice’ and are there to protect you, not just handcuff anyone for no good reason…