When you are a mom, life gets busy. Occasionally even “I forgot the kids costumes for Halloween” kind of busy. Costumes, while they are endless hours of fun, they are also stressful. The desire to do something that isn’t what everyone else is doing and still fun. Something that people don’t have to guess too hard at, yet won’t end up being more clutter. I have come up with a few creative ones over the years, and I am here to share them with you now.
First, let’s start with something for a little bit older kids. Costumes are very limiting in the stores, and taller kids get thrown into the adult ones way too soon. A great, warm, option is a Crazy Cat Lady. All you need is a robe or jammies, slippers (good soles for walking outside), safety pins, and a few stuffed kitty cat toys. If you are like us, there are a couple dozen of the little toys laying around. We went with some bright, messy lipstick, and curlers in hair to pull the look together. Bonus, a white robe like this is super easy to see in the dark, and longer pants are easy to wear with it.
For little girls, nothing is better than mermaids (except maybe unicorns). Start with your eyeshadow palette and create some fish scales. We did a mix of pink, purple and blue. Some people prefer using a netting to get the right pattern. I used a dark grey shadow to outline little half circles for the scales. Take a piece of fabric (around a yard) and a smaller piece of tulle or netting. Use safety pins and give big gathers on one side like a pretty dorsal fin. My little miss liked the shirt she had on, but if you have a mermaid shirt handy they work even better!
For the little dudes, and bigger ones, Han Solo is an easy choice. Since he just had his own movie this year he is fresh in people’s minds. Start with a white button up shirt, and a pair of blue pants. Add a red trim to the side of the pants, and a black vest. Tall boots, or boot covers and a hip hugging holster belt.
Lastly, if the whole family wants to go out together dress dad up as Bob Ross (the painter with all the easy tutorial videos). The rest of the family goes as some of his happy little forest friends. We had a pink fawn (pink tutu and antler headband), a fox (pin a tail on an orange skirt or pants and get a fox hoodie), a squirrel (grey fuzzy outfit and a fluffy tail pinned on). Since the squirrel was still a little guy, Mommy went as a happy tree and used the grey baby carrier to haul the squirrel around.
When you are out trick or treating, remember it’s all in good fun. Costumes don’t have to last forever. Just in case, bring along a pocket full of safety pins and some of the makeup you use to touch up. There are some great events in the area, so you can go out and enjoy as much Halloween as you can around the area. Lastly, remind the kids the importance of a big thank you! Happy Halloween!