If you've been reading for a while, you know that I'm all about a semi-homemade Halloween costume. My mom was the queen of the halloween costume back in the day, and I was always amazed at what she would come up with every year for us to wear for our trick-or-treating adventures. Of course there weren't too many store-bought options back then that weren't scary or too generic (cat, pumpkin, ghost, etc.) Now you can get just about any character or costume that you want! I love deciding what my littles will be each year and going on the hunt for the costumes or supplies to make them; and I love the challenge of putting together the costumes myself (using my handy dandy glue gun most of the time).
Here's a look at some years' past...
2010: Mary Ella the Donut and Sambo the Donut Hole
(Both constructed entirely out of felt, using a glue gun.)
I didn't do this on purpose, but 2011 started our Disney Halloween costume streak.
Here they are as Cruella de Vil and the poor little dalmatian.
And last year. Ahh, my favorite year of all. Mary Poppins, Bert and the penguin.
(Of course this idea came from this blog; but I didn't sew the costumes like she did; they are all hand made with a trusty glue gun and some thrift store supplies. And EK's came from TJ Maxx. I just added the hair bows.)
This year we are going as another Disney trio: Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and Tinkerbell.
With our cruise hosting a Halloween themed party and since my kids love the movie, this was an easy choice and one that both Sam and Mary Ella were thrilled with, so I planned early so that we could take the costumes on our trip and then use them again for trick-or-treating.
I intended to make Mary Ella's costume using thrift store materials, but when my friend showed me her daughter's Alice in Wonderland dress from a costume website, I knew it would work perfectly. It came with a white apron, being Alice's dress, but when the apron is removed it becomes the perfect Wendy dress. I did add the blue satin ribbon around the waist and of course tied another in her hair.
For Sam's Peter Pan costume, I started with this outfit from Old Navy. It was $16 for both the skinny jeans and the long sleeved thermal shirt (the jeans are actually girls' jeans.)
Sam was super happy with this outfit as you can see.
And do not try this at home, but while he was wearing the outfit I just took out my scissors and starting cutting. I cut a zigzag pattern at the bottom of the shirt as well as on the sleeves, to make jagged edges.
I saved the fabric from the sleeves so that I could use it for the Peter Pan collar.
Once I added one of Chad's belts Sam realized who he was supposed to be and was once again a smiling boy.
Here's a closeup of the neckline, which I cut into a V shape.
And these are the pieces left over from the sleeves. I basically laid them down on the V-neck part of the shirt and then just cut them at an angle to look like a collar.
Then I hot glued them down!
For the belt, I used my favorite costume material of all: felt.
I use the 8.5x11 sheets of felt that you can get at any craft store. It's cheaper to buy it this way if you are doing something small like an accessory; otherwise you have to go to the fabric section and buy it by the yard. Since I only had the sheet of brown, I cut two strips to make a long-enough belt.
I also cut out two pieces in a pocket shape and hot glued them together (all except for the top, where the pocket opening would be) to make a holster for his dagger.
Then I glued the hoster pocket onto the belt, which also covered up my seam where the two pieces met.
I'll just use a safety pin to fasten the belt when he wears the costume.
No need for any fancy buckle or anything! You could actually even hot glue the belt to your shirt if you wanted.
For the dagger, I cut out 2 pieces in the shape of the handle (I Googled "Peter Pan Dagger" to see what it looked like exactly.) I knew I wanted it to be a little stiff, and I was fresh out of batting to stuff it with, so I pulled out one of the 37 tiny kitchen spatulas that I have (why??) and placed it down on the piece of yellow felt. Then I glued the other piece of yellow on top.
I cut the point of the knife out of white and did the same at the top.
Here they are together!
Make sure you check the width and length of your holster before you cut the knife part, so that it will fit down in there just right. I'm really pleased with how this turned out, and of course Sam loves it.
As for Tinkerbell, I started off with just a lime green onesie (came from Target baby section) and her Christmas PJ bottoms from last year. You could use green leggings or tights too.
I cut the red cuffs off the bottom of the pants and then hot glued some green felt "leaves" around the bottom. I used 2 different color greens but you could do whatever.
I cut more leaves for the collar and hot glued them around the neckline. Then I cut out some bigger leaves and made a skirt of sorts, simply by gluing them straight to the onesie around the waist section.
The wings are also entirely made of felt. The white felt was from the bolt (in fabric section.) I just cut out 2 pieces in the shape of the wings an added some colored felt for embellishment. Then I hot glued the wings straight to the back of the onesie. I'm telling you, a glue gun can do almost anything. :)
We added a pink headband and my little pixie was ready to go!
Here's the whole gang:
(**And you'll notice I had to re-do Sam's original shirt; it was ruined on the cruise. So I basically made him a shirt out of felt. I googled "DIY Peter Pan Costume" and there were plenty of tutorials! Oh, and you can also find plenty of Peter Pan HAT tutorials there too.)
The kids had such a fun time trick-or-treating. It's probably the one time of year that I am thankful that I live on a street where the houses are super close together. We can knock out about 50 houses in an hour. Which equals about 250 mini KitKats for Mama. Which equals candy bar hoarding happiness.
And I'm pretty sure Emma Kate was able to sample every flavor of DumDum ever made.
Sam and Gage (aka Mickey Mouse!)
Family pics (took these a little late so we took them ourselves.)
I love these littles and I'm so thankful for another fun year of trick-or-treating with them.
Glorious bronze sun tan pictured above is courtesy of the island of Castaway Cay. Ahhhhh.