happy halloween


Before having kids, I really disliked Halloween (and that’s putting it mildly).  However, now that I have two little ones it has become a fun day of imagination that I look forward to.  In the weeks leading up to Halloween this year, I asked M pretty frequently what she wanted to be… I wanted to make sure once she picked something she wasn’t going to change her mind.  Every time I asked, it was a dinosaur, which was no surprise since she’s been a little dino-crazy lately.  She also wanted her little brother, mom and dad to be dinosaurs as well.  Since her brother is too little to care, we agreed to be a dinosaur family.

Growing up, my mom and grandmother made our costumes each year and evidently it stuck with me because I now feel this desire/pressure to make my kids awesome homemade costumes.  Not only can it be much cheaper than the store bought varieties, I think it’s a fun way to add a little something special to the holiday.

Of course, a week before I needed to have the costumes ready, she had a change of heart.  All of a sudden, she needed to be Ariel, the little mermaid.  Since I hadn’t done much work on the dinosaurs yet, I really didn’t mind changing courses.  Secretly, I was grateful she wasn’t asking to be Elsa or Anna from Frozen.  Not that they aren’t adorable costumes, there just seems to be a Frozen overload going around this Halloween.  So we went from a dinosaur family to the characters in the Little Mermaid.

Personally, I think the costumes came out really cute and M was thrilled with hers, which is really all that matters.  Most of the costumes were made with felt, which is simple to work with and inexpensive.  All together, it cost less than $30 to make all 4 costumes.  Take a look at the finished costumes below.

Ariel, the little mermaid for M


Flounder for J


King Triton (for the hubs, who is such a good sport !)
King Triton (for the hubs, who is such a good sport!)

As of this post, Ursula is still a work in progress.  I have a couple hours left before trick or treating to get her finished! 🙂


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