Friday, September 16, 2016

How to Easily Put Together a Halloween Costume

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We have a lot of fun with Halloween costumes as a family. Each year, we choose a theme and all dress up with that theme. You can see many in this post, and the rest below. We have had to get more creative lately as the girls and the son have different ideas of what they would like to be. 

Above was 2014. We did a Frozen theme. Brayden was the ninja...didn't notice the ninja in Frozen? That is because he was such a good ninja...

This was 2015. The kids wanted to do Harry Potter. Brinley was more into princesses, though. So she was a muggle dressed for Halloween. She was also a different princess for each of her Halloween activities. 

This year, we have a lot of different interests going on among our children, so our costume theme is "Favorite Character." I don't want to give it all away right now. I did, however, want to share how we are creating a couple of costumes.

I have done all sorts of costume preparation. Many years, I have sewn everyone's costume. It is a lot of fun, but a lot of work. As the years went on, I started sewing some costumes but buying the ones that were good enough. I now default to buy unless it must be made. Most costumes can be purchased cheaper than they can be made. Quality is better with a homemade costume, but I am not too worried about fantastic quality for a Halloween costume. 

This year, Kaitlyn wants to be Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon for Halloween and McKenna wants to be Mrs. O from Odd Squad for Halloween. There are Astrid costumes on Amazon, but only for smaller children. There are no costumes for Mrs. O on Amazon. 

Because I am currently in the business of buying costumes and not making them, I didn't want to make the girls' costumes if I could help it. It is much simpler than you might think.

First, I "Googled" the character. "Astrid How to Train Your Dragon." A lot of images came up. These were our inspiration:

Then we just searched Amazon for each item. The great thing about this method is that many of the items we got will be able to be used for everyday wear after Halloween. This post contains affiliate links. 

We started with a search for fur boots. We looked through options and found some Kaitlyn would like to wear even after Halloween. Blossom Womens Tara-Fashion Boots.

We went through the same process for her burgundy shirt and a skirt. For the pants, she will wear some blue jeggings that she already has. We got some things she won't likely wear after Halloween. Arm warmers, a fur poncho, and a huntsman axe are all just part of the accessories. She plans to make a skull belt out of paper and I found a tutorial for making shoulder armor. This tutorial has a lot more than shoulder armor. This girl went all out. 

To finish it off, we will use some yarn for the leather wrapping on Astrid. Kaitlyn's hair is very similar to Astrid's already so we will just do her hair to match.

Now for Mrs. O. Again, I started with a search. "Mrs. O Odd Squad." This is the image I went with:

This one was quite simple, and most of it can be used in the future. Her shoes are fantastic and will be great for everyday wear after Halloween. Her blazer, shirt, and skirt were all easy enough to find on Amazon thanks to school uniforms.

The badge will be just a fun addition to our dress up pile. We also got a purple necklace and just chose one McKenna loved. She can wear it afterward. To finish it off, I will pull her hair back and spray it black. I also plan to get some khaki leggings if I can find some in her size since our area is cold on Halloween. We always need the option of warm clothing with our costumes!

One quick tip, if you are ordering things from Amazon, pay close attention to shipment arrival dates. I often filter my search results to just include Prime items so I know they can get her fast. In situations like this, though, I get things early so I have plenty of time for it to take a month to get here if that is what it is going to take. 

I hope that gives you an idea of how you can create a costume that is easy to put together. It also should give you ideas for ways you can buy things for Halloween that can be worn more than just on Halloween. We have always let our kids keep their costumes out and add them to the dress up. Our kids love to play dress up and use the guts out of each costume. But as they get older, they play dress up less and I want costumes to be more and more usable for other things if possible. 

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