As a family we love fall traditions, and one of our favorites is our group costume tradition. Ever since Charlotte’s first Halloween we have done a family themed costume for Halloween. I have some mixed feelings about this holiday, but for our little family we have chosen to focus on activities that bring us together with family and friends, ignoring the spooky and concentrating on the fun. Now that we have a few Halloweens to look back on (I can’t believe this will be Charlotte’s sixth one already) I thought it would be fun to share our past costumes here, in case you are looking for a little inspiration for your own group costume. I’ll start with our first one:
1. Baby owl and the owl rangers I did Charlotte’s nursery in an owl theme (very big back in 2012 and still going strong) and decided that making her an owl costume out of felt would be a great idea. It was rather more labor intensive than I had anticipated (yes, I did cut out each and every one of those feathers by hand and then sewed them on in layers) but hey, baby girl was still napping twice a day so what else did I have to do with my time? 😉 Chris and I wore his old boy scout uniform shirts and some cowboy/ranger hats I found at Walmart.
2. Mickey, Minnie, and Mini MinnieCharlotte went through a hard core obsession with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as a toddler, so this seemed the obvious choice. My mom made Charlotte’s costume and a matching skirt for me. Chris kind of threw his together last minute. Unfortunately this was the year that I came down with strep throat and missed out on most of the Halloween festivities. When I was well enough we got back into our costumes and staged a little photo shoot. I’m so glad we did…Charlotte as classic Minnie holding her Mickey is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen (not that I’m prejudiced).
3. Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy GodmotherI promise Charlotte chose this theme herself, with no prompting from me, but I could not have been more thrilled. I was pregnant with Tessa so the fairy godmother’s outfit was the perfect maternity costume. I bought C’s dress and shoes but couldn’t resist adding a fluffy tulle tutu underneath to add volume and sparkle. Aren’t she and her princely daddy adorable?
That Halloween the weather turned absolutely frigid, and the night before we went trick or treating I sewed together a little fleece cape to keep baby Cinderella warm. I was toasty too, but poor Chris froze. Ah, memories. 🙂
4. Doc McStuffins and her pals
Since Tessa was a baby and I was still learning how to juggle being the mom of two, I tried to keep it simple. I bought C’s Doc costume online and she already had the doctor’s kit and stethoscope. I found this adorable lamb costume at Target and simply added a little pink tulle for Lamby’s tutu. My Hallie Hippo costume wasn’t too bad, although I did have to visit several fabric stores before I found the red and white stripe I was looking for. Chris’s Stuffy was by far the most complicated. Making dragon wings is not for the faint of heart, and I had a couple of near meltdowns the night before Streetfest (our church’s annual fall carnival) trying to pull it together. And then we forgot to even bring the wings with us. Oy. But the girls sure looked cute.
5. Linda, Tulio, and their blue macawsI tried to learn my lesson on keeping costumes simple, really I did, but Charlotte really wanted to be blue macaws from the Rio movies (her obsession that year) so I compromised. I made the girls’ tutus and wings, and cobbled Chris and my costumes together with borrowed shirts, Chris’s cargo shorts, and the ranger hats we had worn for our owl ranger costumes. I am a big believer in decluttering, but when it comes to costumes it pays off to hang on to something even if you’re not sure how you’ll use it again!
6. The My Little Pony gangAnd that brings us to this year! Charlotte got to pick once again, though I made it clear that Tessa gets to decide our theme next year. Thanks to the My Little Pony movie having just been released, it was easy to find the girls’ costumes at Walmart. I layered long-sleeves and leggings underneath, and added a unicorn horn to Charlotte’s headband (what were those costume designers thinking, leaving out such an integral part of her character?!!).
Part of Pinkie Pie’s appeal is her wild curly hair, but I knew Tessa would never keep a wig on. I saw these curly ribbons used in a costume from Pinterest (where else) and thought what a genius idea! She even let me paint her balloon cutie mark on her cheek. I ordered most of my costume from Amazon, added some dramatic blue eye shadow, and drew on Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark with some face paint. As usual Chris’ costume (Big Mackintosh, Apple Jack’s brother) was the hardest since we had to come up with it from scratch. But a red hoodie, some felt ears, and yellow yarn for his mane worked pretty well. We added the travel pillow as the harness his character always wears (it’s all in the details people).
We got a chance to put the costumes together last Wednesday at Streetfest, and have several more celebrations coming up before the main event, trick or treating in our new neighborhood on Halloween night. I can’t wait!
Do you love to do family costumes? Or is it every man for himself, or no costumes at all? I’d love to hear your fall family traditions!