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Halloween Costume Thoughts — what do YOU want to make? (…then let’s VOTE!)

A little over a week ago, Elli (who’s 8), was invited to a themed birthday party that was also a mystery party.  Everyone was given a character and was asked to dress up (if they wanted to).  Ummmmm……YES!  Elli also really loves to dress up and so together, we came up with ideas, she drew out the plans, and I sewed it together.  It was so fun to do together…..and got me REALLY excited for Halloween!  I know, I know — it’s only August.  But I can firmly say, costumes are my absolute FAVORITE thing to sew!

***All Halloween Costume Tutorials can be found here.


So, let’s talk costumes.  My head is spinning and I want to make about a trillion things.  I could never sit and mass produce the same costume over and over, but I think I could sit in a room and make different costumes all day long, and live a very happy life!  (But then I would never see my kids….so nah!But really, it would be even more fun for me to sew something that others could use too…..SO WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS? What are your kids begging to wear?  Maybe it’s something you were already planning on putting together…..but maybe it would be helpful to have another head to brainstorm with you!  Maybe I can give it a whirl?  Or find a simpler way to construct it??  Who knows…..maybe I’ll just end up complicating your life, haha!! ;)


But really, tell me…….what are you making this year?  Or buying?  Or can’t find in the store but your kids would love to wear?  I was thinking after I rounded up enough ideas, we could have a quick vote and the top ideas would be the ones I make??  I actually think it would be fun to make 3-5 of the top ideas, depending on how difficult they are.  And then, I would probably give them away because let me tell you, our dress-up pile is a little crazy! ;)  I’m getting all excited inside just thinking of coming up with someone else’s (<—I never know how to spell that word) costume request.  Especially if it will be something more than one person is wanting to figure out.  And if I’m stumped, I kinda get a thrill from figuring it out….haha, strange, I know!



Okay……so let me hear it! 


I have been thinking about the movies from this past year and am curious if kids want to mimic their favorite characters….do you have some kids begging to dress up as minions?


Or how about the characters from Inside Out?


Maybe you have some girls dying to wear the beautiful dresses from the new Cinderella movie?


Also, remember the whole Elsa/Anna/Frozen craze last year?  My little Chloe is obsessed and keeps telling me she wants to be Elsa.  But then she changes her mind and wants to be a fairy, a strawberry, a mermaid, a bunny…..I mean, I can’t get a straight answer from her.  But she throws Elsa in there often enough, it makes me wonder, ARE LITTLE GIRLS STILL WANTING TO DRESS AS ELSA??  Again?!?!  Ack!


Or maybe your kiddos want to dress up as one of the more classic movies, like Alice in Wonderland?


Or Pinocchio?


Or maybe not a movie at all…..and they just want to be a really fluffy fairy princess?

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Or a strong viking??

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Or maybe a mystical dragon?

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So tell me, what are your kids (or even you!) wanting to be this year??  I’d love to give some a try!  Make sure and leave your ideas in a comment below and if you have a picture you’re trying to mimic, leave me the link too! :)


Then we’ll round up the most popular and put it to a vote!  How does that sound?


Can’t wait to hear!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Halloween costume thoughts — what do you want to make? (…then let’s vote!)
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  1. Jen Jacobson says:

    My 4 year old wants to be Maria Posada from The Book of Life. Cannot locate a pattern or dress any where.

  2. Tiffany Keith says:

    My daughter wants to be sleeping beauty and my son a ninja turtle. :)

  3. Cherie says:

    My youngest son really wants to be Toothless the dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. He was Hiccup last year ;)

  4. Adrienne says:

    Oh and my almost 8 year old boy wants to be a ninja- he loves watching American ninja warrior

    1. Adrienne says:

      And my 3 year old girl wants to be a character from scooby doo

  5. Adrienne says:

    My 6 year old daughter has been asking for months to be She Ra – oh my goodness great choice but no pattern I have no idea how to start- so my vote is for She Ra-

  6. Juliet says:

    My soon to be 6 yr old has been obsessed with Mario Kart (he is on the autism spectrum) and has made it clear he wants to be Yoshi for Halloween. I want something breathable and walkable for him as he is finicky with what he wears. I’ve been looking for a green hoodie-sweater as the base for his Yoshi costume but so far no luck. Sewing one to me is daunting… would love any tips on creating a Yoshi costume! My 4 yr old is set on Tinkerbell and with the help of your Tinkerbell leotard tutorial we are good there – sewing a hankerchief-like skirt as the bottom. Yoshi ideas??

  7. Courtney says:

    My 6 year old wants to be either Wonder woman or Vanelleope VonSweets. WW’s bodice will be tough! 10 year old wants to be Spiderman. No ideas for 3 year old or 13 year old yet!

  8. Kara says:

    My 6 year old son either wants to be Frankenstein or a Ninja — so far the Ninja is winning. And my daughter will be 2 and doesn’t have an opinion yet… so I’m trying to decide between an owl and a lady bug.

  9. Brittney Crabtree says:

    My husband works for Shari’s Berries. I think it would be so cute if our 1.5 year old daughter was a chocolate covered strawberry for Halloween. If you make a tutorial for this costume idea, I will ship you a box of berries, I promise!

  10. Barbara Ence says:

    ooh!! One of my girls wants to be belle. I am stumped with that skirt! Not really sure what route I’d like to take or how to make it look so fancy.

    Also, another one of my girls wants to be Cinderella and I love the Cinderella dress from the new movie! I would love a tutorial for that one!

  11. Kristin says:

    My 6 year old twin girls – who will almost 7 by Halloween- want to be Mal and Maleficent from Disney’s Descendants!. Maleficent i love because I of how classic it is but cannot get as excited about about Mal( Disney Is already sold out of the costume) and i have to come up with something homemade. .. but she does love the purple ball gown from the ball at the end.

    cant wait to see what you come up with .. I always Love your ideas :)

  12. Emali says:

    ASHLEY!! I am SO SO excited that you are asking for ideas!! I need help! I have a 9 year old that wants to be a zombie bride. We found a dress to repurpose and zombie-fy, but I was in the process of researching to make a veil. My 7 year old wants to be vanellope von Schweets. We are making headway on that one; we found a skirt and hoodie, and were planning to take a mint pair of leggings and add stripes with white electrical tape, so I mostly need to figure out the wig and candy hair clips to make. My 6 year old want to be rapunzel we already have a dress, so I am ordering a hair extension piece that we will weave into her natural hair to make a rapunzel braid and add flowers to. My 3 year old boy is the problem–in more ways than one! Lately he is obsessed with Transformers. I saw that a couple of dads on the inter webs have designed a box like costume that ACTUALLY TRANSFORMS! I think that is an incredible feat and would LOVE to figure out how to do it, but have no idea how–think you can help? My 1 year old girl is the only one that hasn’t voiced an opinion yet. ;)
    Thank you THANK YOU for all of your tutorials. You have taken my very basic sewing skills to task and I have successfully made, my own tinerbell costume (exactly like yours), little boys ties, among many other things!

  13. Angie says:

    I have 3 girls. My oldest is 3 1/2 and my other two are twins that will be barely a year old by Halloween. I searched for ideas starting last month- well because it takes me a while to make 3 costumes! :) I really wanted to do some sort of a theme, and I finally came up with the perfect one for my girls- Little Bo Peep and her sheep! I am planning on using your Cinderella costume tutorial as a base for the Little Bo Peep dress, and I’m just using a simplicity pattern for the twins’ sheep costumes. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to your website. I just love seeing and trying out all of your creations! Here’s a couple of links to where I got my inspiration:

  14. Angie says:

    I have 3 girls, My oldest is 3 1/2 and my other two will be barely a year old come Halloween. I started trying to come up with ideas last month, because I really wanted to do some sort of a theme for all 3 girls. Finally, I came up with the perfect thing- Little Bo Peep and her sheep! I am thinking of using your tutorial for the Cinderella dress to give me a base for the Little Bo Peep dress. I am just using a simplicity pattern for the twins’ sheep costumes. I can’t wait. I just love Halloween! Here’s the links to where I got my inspiration from:

  15. Samantha says:

    My 6 year old son would LOVE to be Indiana Jones for Halloween! My other 3 boys are requesting Star Wars characters. All boys at this house. :)

  16. Kayla says:

    A monkey, Olaf, or Mulan

  17. Jennifer Kay says:

    My three year old has switched between Maria Posada from Book of Life, Ariel, or Mulan. I’m pretty sure she’ll end up choosing Ariel so I have to figure out the tail situation, Ursula tentacles, and a baby Flounder. Luckily Prince Eric is easy enough!

  18. Courtney says:

    I’m hoping to find a tutorial for a cute monkey costume for my toddler. I haven’t been able to find one anywhere yet! I’m having a baby and want the baby to be a banana and my toddler to be a monkey.

    Or…if anyone has ideas on what could go with the cute pascal costume there is a tutorial for…I’d love for my toddler to be pascal but can’t figure out what baby boy would be…

    1. Courtney says:

      Question on your pascal costume tutorial- we live somewhere where it won’t be freezing outside on Halloween. I’m afraid that all fleece might be too warm. Do you think making the costume in a green cotton would work the same? Or a knit? Or flannel? Any ideas for something a bit more breathable than fleece?

  19. Crystal says:

    I wish my kids would make up their minds, I can’t wait to sew some costumes! My daughter had been saying Minnie Mouse for months, then all of the sudden switched to a mermaid, which would be fun but I already made her a mermaid for her first Halloween! My son changes his mind weekly! He was saying a knight for a while, which I thought would be really fun to make! Now he seems to be settling on captain America. I would love to see your take on inside out!

  20. Aynie says:

    My 4 year old daughter really wants to be a unicorn or a peacock! Both sound fun to make just have to get some ideas!

  21. Kristen says:

    My 7 year old wants to be a mermaid. But she was very adamant that the tail portion could not be a skirt. She wants it to have the tail shape and tie around her waist but just be behind her. She wants it to drag on the floor, but it can’t be too much because I don’t want it getting crazy dirty or have the boys at school stepping on it. We found an example on Pinterest that used shiny sheer material to make the scales but I’ve never sewn with that material before (lightweight or stretchy material frustrate me). She also wants to do the sea shell bikini top, but it would have to be sewn onto a white shirt because 1-modesty and 2-we’re up north where it is possible to have snow at Halloween, so it needs to be somewhat warm.

    My 5 year old wants to be the red power ranger. Thankfully I bought that costume on clearance last Halloween. However, he is insisting that he needs the white gloves and proper sword to match. :) Now to find the right kind of white gloves that will fit such small hands.

    And lastly my 2 year old doesn’t quite have an opinion yet. So I suggested two of his favorite characters: Daniel Tiger or Curious George. He chose Daniel Tiger. Many have suggested just a tiger costume with a red hoodie, but the stripes would be very different. So I’m thinking maybe putting stripes on some sweat pants (if I can find the right color), finding a tiger ear headband, and trying to find red sneakers that don’t cost $30.

  22. Pia says:

    It’s Draculaura for my 7 year old this year! Mercifully I have an old skirt and t-shirt that will do beautifully once trimmed with yards and yards of lace. My mom ( yay for mom) and I just have to make the pink vest and we are good to go!

  23. Erin says:

    My oldest daughter (5) wanted to be a ninja turtle, all the store costumes are embarrassingly chintzy, my 2 year old daughter wants to be snow white and baby boy is going to be a fireman.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I’ve used your tutorials in the past and made alterations of my own (turned your Big Bad Wolf into a Sully from Monster’s Inc) and the costume’s have turned out great! This year my girls want to be Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent. I am planning on using your Cinderella and Glenda as a base, but do you have any recommendation for Sleeping Beauty’s white collar? How do I get it to stay up instead of flop around her shoulders? Thanks for all you share!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, that would be cute! Check out the collar on the Flynn Rider costume:

      You could use that same sort of idea to have the collar stand up. You could adjust the curve just a bit to have it sit a little more outward….or whatever you are envisioning. (Try with some scrap fabric, to test it out first!)

  25. Mary says:

    My little girl is in love with mermaids! I thought this year she could be ariel, and her baby brother prince eric (he has tons of dark hair). I would love a mermaid tutorial!

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