Halloween is right around the corner and that means one more thing for me to add to my to do list. Luckily my kids are at that golden age of young enough so that their costume choices can still be influenced and not yet old enough to be past the Halloween experience. So I get to ‘suggest’ costume ideas to them and they just get excited about dressing up.
Halloween isn’t really big in France- there’s a school holiday right about then and it is seen as more of an adult holiday. But our local English-speaking organization has a party every year, and I love to go to it.
The first few years, their Halloween costumes were limited to what I could make: a pumpkin, a ladybug and Yoda. This year is no different- I feel like my time, financial and creative resources are limited to cutting eye holes in a white sheet. But I’m determined to make at least a little more of an effort and so this year we’re going to have Harry Potter, a pirate and a robin red-breast.
My oldest son has his heart set on Harry Potter. He already has dark pants, and a collared polo shirt. I just need to find him a tie and some glasses. Then I’ll make him a simple robe out of felt (no hemming required); we’ll use a chopstick for a wand and some eyeliner for the scar. I’ll try to dig up an owl beanie baby from somewhere.
A pirate is equally simple (I hope!). A black felt eye patch, a red bandanna, a scarf for a belt. We have dark sweat pants and a white t shirt already, and I’ll draw on a wickedly curling mustache with some mascara. He has his heart set on a sword, so I’ll get out some cardboard and aluminum foil. A stuffed parrot will complete the look!
I saw some directions for a cute baby bird costume on Martha Stewart, although I can’t find them now. But my daughter already has a red t shirt and brown pants so I’ll just make her wings and a beaked hat using red and brown felt.
Do you have any great, frugal Halloween costume ideas? Something easy to make is a bonus! What was your favorite Halloween costume from your childhood? (Mine was a cowgirl outfit.)