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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


  1. Precia

    November 4, 2008 at 1:08 am

    I’ve been waiting since Friday for this post. Thanks for not disappointing! They all look awesome! It reminds me of when you made me the genie costume in junior high. I hope Mom still has that

  2. noelle

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Aw shucks, thanks for the nice words. What genie costume, was there a bare midriff?- just kidding, don’t think so. I’m gonna need to see a picture.

  3. The Wilkinson Clan

    November 5, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Ooh I love them all. Thanks for the great photos!

  4. jumpsuit pattern | noelle o designs

    July 14, 2016 at 11:01 am

    […] In the spirit of frugal costuming we decided to use a bag full of fancy scarves my mother-in-law gave to me instead of the Salvation Army (thank you) to make up the costume. It’s turning out great, and since this clown in particular knows how to ride a unicycle and is learning to juggle as we speak- I think it’s going to be a hit. Can you say part-time job- 10 year old clown for hire: birthday parties, social events or family reunions perhaps?!  Look at the finished costume here or here for all the kid costumes this year. […]

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