Friday, September 20, 2013

Making Your Own Halloween Costumes


Fall is one of our favorite times of the year.  One reason for that is because we always make Halloween a fun family event.   If you have had the chance to read my About Me page, you saw that I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was growing up.  When I was in college, I majored in  textiles and clothing.  For that major we had to take merchandising, history of clothing,  sewing, and costume design.   The costume design classes were definitely my favorite.  In a way, I am using my degree each year, because for the last several years my kids have wanted me to make their costumes.  





It just so happens, that my kids take after their mama when it comes to their creative side.  Did they ever request something simple?...  Nope!   Kara  requested things like a hatching chicken,


 a fox, 




 a raccoon, (not the best costume to be wearing in the rain) 


Cream the bunny from Sonic the Hedgehog


and Domo! 



She seemed to like making people guess who she was supposed to be each year. 

Kyle had his own unusual requests, like the year he wanted to be a fly, (I have no idea why) 


a praying mantis, (again no idea why) 



and one of his favorites, a flying Chameleon.  





We won first place in the neighborhood costume contest that year.  When he was announced the winner, they had no idea exactly what he was.. I can understand why, there is no such thing as a flying chameleon. (that I know of) He was also wearing vampire fangs. (again, no idea why)   With only six weeks until Halloween, we have begun to think about this year's costume.  Kyle doesn't think he will go out trick or treating, so he has not requested one. Originally Kara thought she might be  a hedgehog, but lately has been thinking she might be a squirrel instead. We have ideas on how to make it,  but we have not even begun to start on it though.    Do you like to make your own Halloween costumes?  I would love to hear about them.  

Here are  links to the costumes that I have shared on the blog. 













 

10 comments:

  1. That is so awesome that you make their costumes! I've never made a costume, just pieced things today with ideas we had. I'm not sure what my kids want to be this year (my oldest is 14 so I don't think he wants to dress up) but we shall see :)

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    1. My son is 14 this year too.. Last year he decided he wanted to go out at the last minute and had to use a store bought costume. Kara probably only has a couple of years left. :(

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  2. Wow those are great costumes! I love them all but the chameleon is REALLY impressive.

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    1. It actually looks harder than it is. All you have to do is glue felt scales on an extra large T shirt. He then asked me to add some felt wings that were attached to back of the costume and had elastic loops that fit over his arms.

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  3. I love those costumes! My mom made all of our costumes when we were kids. My kids haven't asked for anything unusual...yet! I hope Kara picks hedgehog this year - I'd love to see what you make! -monika

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    1. I am not sure if we would have time to make a hedgehog since we have not even started on it.. She isn't sure how we could make the quills, but she does have a cool idea for a squirrel tail.. What ever we decide we need to do it soon!

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  4. Congrats on the win!! You deserved it, these are some really great costumes. The kids look adorable and it's nice to see some creativity on Halloween night. Love it. - Rhonda

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  5. These costume ideas are too cute! My mom made all of our costumes growing up and I always think its so creative to see what people do each Halloween :)

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  6. I'm one of the participants in the Sharing is Caring Halloween Blog Hop and I'm pinning your entry. You can find mine at http://www.thejennyevolution.com/5-ways-to-avoid-eating-the-halloween-candy/

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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  7. Your kids are so creative with what they want to be for Halloween! I love that you made your own instead of purchasing the costume and made even their complex requests possible! Total inspiration :)

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