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Halloween Costumes: Let’s VOTE…and then make one TOGETHER!!

Good morning blog friends!  I don’t know how any of you feel about the subject, but…….HOW CAN IT ALREADY BE THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER?!?!?!  Ack!  I swear someone has been subtracting days from my calendar. ;)

But listen.

We need to get right down to business because it’s almost my favorite blog-time of the year….and yes, that’s COSTUME TIME!!  I get all excited just thinking about it.  In fact, it’s the busiest time here on my blog too, and I’m so happy that’s the case, because making costumes (especially for kids) makes me all sorts of happy! I mean, how does seeing sweet little faces all decked out in something that encourages make-believe, not make you smile?!!

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So, last year I decided to not only share whatever crazy costume ideas I had running through my head (and yes, I’ll get to those this year too), but I also wanted to see what you guys were wanting to make.  (HERE’S last year’s post.)  I made a few suggestions to get your brain turning but then asked you to leave comments here on my blog, telling me what you’d really like to learn to make…..and then you all voted on the most popular idea.  I had SO MUCH FUN doing this……so I had to do it again this year!  I mean, I’m no expert and I can’t even promise you that whatever the winning costume idea is, will look exactly like you were hoping, but I’ll do my best!  And I’ll try to make it less complicated than it needs to be.  You know, like a simplified version.

Do you remember last year’s winning vote??  Yep, a girly version of R2D2….and it turned out to be one of my favorite costumes EVER, so thanks for voting that one in! :) (Can you guys do that again for me…..I’d love to create another favorite! Ha!)

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Okay, so it’s totally up to you.  What would you like to try making, but just aren’t sure where to start?  Or maybe you have an idea of how, but would like to see it in action first?  I would love to help turn something overwhelming, into something you MAKE….and are proud of!!!

So tell me, what have your kids/grandkids/friends been talking about being for Halloween? What have you had your eye on making this year?

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Here are a few ideas to help get your brain turning.  But these are only ideas…..tell me in the comments below what you’ve been thinking about making!!

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Have your kids been into some popular films this year??

Maybe Finding Dory??

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Life of Pets??

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Or maybe Zootopia?

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Or maybe they’re not into any particular film…..but just have dreams of being something beautiful, scary, clever, creative….or kinda funny???

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toddler fairy image source

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donut image source

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pirate image source

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elephant image source

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strong man image source

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butterfly image source

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bass fish image source

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baby chick image source

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Belle image source

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dinosaur skeleton image source


Okay, now these are just IDEAS I gathered up real quick.  If you like one of the ideas above, tell me in the comments below (so that I know it’s a popular idea).  If you have another idea you like better, tell me in the comments below.  If you have a link or can attach a picture for me to see….even better!  If you like an idea that someone else left in the comments, make sure and reply to that comment and tell me you love that one too, so I know that it’s a popular request.

Go ahead and share all you want (you don’t have to limit your ideas to just one)….and then I’ll gather up the most popular (maybe 10 ideas or so) and then we’ll vote on it in a few days.  That way I can start gathering up supplies and making the costume before the October craziness hits!  And then, just like last year, I’ll probably make it to fit one of my children, and then will give it away to one of you who could use the costume this year!  Just cross your fingers your child is the same size as mine! ;)  But the rest of you will have a step-by-step tutorial of how to make the costume for your own child/grandchild/friend/etc. (And maybe, I’ll have time to make 2 or 3 of the costume ideas…..crossing my fingers!)

Okay, ready……GO!!!!!  I can hardly wait!!! :)


P.S. If you’re having troubles leaving a comment below or want to send me a picture, etc…..send me an email —-> ashley@makeit-loveit(dot)com




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 the 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!
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  1. Olivia says:

    Bonus points if the tutorial can also be used for adults. ;)

  2. Devon says:

    My teen girls want to be the girl from Suicide Squad. (I already said that’s not happening so I need something for two teen girls but my little ones are easy (If you choose those costumes) My little Chloe wants to be Officer Hops and my son Stone wants to be the Fox. ZOOTOPIA PLEASE!!!

  3. Page says:

    Pokemon please!! Specifically Pikachu.

  4. Rachel says:

    Both my kids want paw patrol costumes! Rubble and Everest :D

    They’re 4 and 7 and all the pre-made ones are for 2T/3T

  5. susanC says:

    Dinosaur or donut

  6. kassondra says:

    I have 4 girls and they each are totally different and full of personality!!! they want to be a cat, a zombie, a skunk and baby maggie from the simpsons.

  7. Jackie says:

    My son is in love with the Dino skeleton!

  8. Jill says:

    Aurora, a panda, and a starfish

  9. Reba W. says:

    My 5 year old daughter is requesting to be a cropsie from Farm Heros Super Saga but is also thinking about Shopkins and TsumTsums. I’m thinking I can roughly use your strawberry costume idea and go from there. Now dressing the 2 German Shepherds to coordinate- thats a whole other kettle of fish!

  10. Jules says:

    Mommy and me costumes… would like guidance on making a layered type skirt for butterfly costume similar to the pic above with soft wings (not hard wings).

    Also, possibly Maleficient and Aurora costume – also a Mommy and me idea.

    For my little guy, Sonic the hedgehog

    So excited for Halloween! Thanks a bunch!

  11. Lyndsey says:

    Pikachu please!

  12. Lily Belle says:

    Giget (the fluffy white dog) from The Secret Life of Pets, a unicorn, and Belle!

  13. Amanda says:

    We are all doing Narnia this year and I would love to see your take on them! There are a couple pieces I’m stumped on. The white witch’s icicle crown. I bought some icicle Christmas ornaments but I can’t figure out the best way to get them on the head! A headband maybe? Not sure! I’m also trying to figure out Lucy’s red leather belt that holds her dagger and healing cordial. Then I have a 4 year old Mr. Tumnus, a one year old girl who will either be a little Susan or a lion, and then my husband will rock it as King Peter! We’re pretty excited this year!

  14. Kelly M says:

    That dinosaur costume is awesome!! I have two boys who want to be paleontologists when they grow up- they would love that.

  15. Adrienne says:

    Strawberry shortcake berry adventures on netflix would be great for my 4 year old

  16. Siri says:

    Pirate/ Peter Pan. We are doing Peter Pan this year (Mom-Tiger Lilly, Dad-Captain Hook, 5 year old- peter pan, 2 year old- Crocodile). I know you already did Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, but I’m a little apprehensive about the Captain Hook outfit.

  17. Brynn says:

    My toddler daughter wants to be a spider, and she wants her little brother to be a dragon or dinosaur. A tutorial on any of those would be great!

  18. MrsSibona says:

    My boys figured out the day after Halloween last year they wanted to be Batman & Robin this year. SO, since Daddy doesn’t dress up (he’s a fuddy duddy), I was looking for a Batgirl costume that is both modest and plus-sized (I love cake. and tacos. and chocolate. and…)
    If you can help, that’d be awesome! Or if you could point me in the direction of where I can find one or a pattern to make one, that’d be equally as awesome!

  19. Karin says:

    Hi! Love all your costumes every year! This year my girls want to be Rainbow Dash Equestria Girl, and Elena of Avalor! Cannot wait to see the winning costume! Thanks for all you do!

  20. Natalie says:

    My 3 year old daughter wants a “Lightning McQueen dress.” I’m trying to decide if I should just make a dress with Lightning McQueen fabric, or be more creative ?

  21. Kirsten Cohen says:

    I love the dinosaur skeleton costume!! My oldest wants to be a mosquito and my youngest wants to be a honey bee. ?

  22. Kiersten says:

    Requests at my house: an owl, lobster,and pumpkin.

  23. Sarah Sorensen says:

    So Lucy really wants to be rapunzel this year, so I’ll be making a braid. She requested that her beautiful infant sister be Pascal… The chameleon! So I need an idea I can make for a 9 pound baby ???. Love ya ash!

  24. Meagan Cook says:

    Big Hero 6! My kids want our whole family to dress up like them, but I can’t figure out a simple way to make them.

  25. Candace Austin says:

    Ash Ketchum and Pikachu

  26. Sue says:

    My son wants to be a Pokemon character and daughter Aurora

  27. Dana says:

    My family is going out as Woody’s roundup gang… My son is woody, my daughter is Jessie, my husband is stinky Pete and I’m (gulp!) Bullseye??? I’d love to see your version of an adult bullseye costume!

  28. Leah says:

    My daughter wants to be Aurora from sleeping beauty but Belle is also an option

  29. Courtney says:

    My daughter wants to be Cinderella so we are using your tutorial for that but are looking for one for my 10month old to be Gus, husband to be the prince, and me the fairy godmother

  30. Marisa says:

    All my kids want to be the character from their favorite cereal. So I need a rabbit, a frog, a leprechaun, a bee and a tiger. Either that or we will go as characters from Perer Pan.

  31. Kristen S says:

    My 8 yr old daughter is going to be a mermaid. I found a top at the thrift store, so I’m just making the tail and accessories. She is beyond excited! My 6 yr old son has finally decided on being a spy with lots of cool gadgets on a belt and a jet pack (other options were Ash Ketchum from Pokemon and a knight). And my 3 yr old son keeps changing his mind: Pikachu, firefighter, Super Man, pirate, Daniel Tiger…I’m hoping Daniel Tiger sticks because he is obsessed with that show and it would be so cute!
    I love seeing what you make every year, no matter what it is. You are so creative!!

  32. Amanda says:

    Rey from Star Wars, Finding Dory, Alexander Hamilton (I’m going to dress my daughter up as AH I think!!).

  33. Erin says:

    I need a cat woman costume. Super easy but what ideas do you have for accessories like the belt. I’m worried I’m going to have to buy the costume just for the accessories.

  34. Jessica says:

    My daughter LOVES the bunny from secret life of pets, so would love to see that. But I think she is going to go as Lady from Lady and the Tramp for Halloween so to match her costume I could always use a tutorial for a plate of spaghetti and meatballs ; -)

  35. Michelle Cleek says:

    My daughter wants to be Batgirl this year, and I haven’t a clue where to start! The head piece alone has me baffled! Please do a tutorial on super hero costumes for girls!! ?

  36. Rachel Chamberlain says:

    I agreed to do the Princess Bride this year. Oy. I have Princess Buttercup’s fire swamp dress almost done- just those pesky sleeves left, but I still need to figure out Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  37. Rachel says:

    My daughter wants to be The Princess Bride. Send help! My sons want to be Mad-eye Moody and a zombie.

  38. Tracey says:

    I have easy ones here, Spot the Dog, a tramp/hobo and a fairy princess with huge wings (3 yr old grandson)

  39. Laura says:

    My three year old loves Peppa Pig! My six year old currently wants to be an angel, but she changes her mind easily. We’ll see what she decides.

  40. Joanna says:

    My daughters want to Elsa and Anna. I am expecting my third kid and I am going to find out whether it is a boy or girl the day of my Halloween party. I would love to do a cute costume where I can reveal what gender I am having.

  41. Whitney says:

    My grandkids want to be Thomas the train and Skye from Paw Patrol.

  42. Cynthia Petrey says:

    Every year my daughter comes up with an idea of what she wants to be and she doesn’t change her mind much. I’ve always made them for her,one year she wanted to be a fluffy chicken. She has an obsession for chickens, triceratops and unicorns. Lol so yes I made her request and she was a purple Triceratops and last year she was a unicorn. This year she wants to be a blue macaw, Jewel to be exact. I know she won’t change her mind because the moment we walked in our house on October 31st 2015 she said that’s what she wanted to be next year. I asked this week and I got same response. I have no idea how to make it. She has high expectations let me tell you. I found some fabric this week on the clearance bin at Walmart and I told her it was for her costume she said: “momma that shade of blue is for Blue, and Jewel is a little lighter shade.” Well excuse me. So if you come up with an idea on how to make a macaw that will be great lol.

    1. MacKenzie says:

      Ashley made a bird costume a couple of years back that could be adapted to any color and was super easy to make!

  43. Kelly says:

    I have 4 kids (3 girls & 1 boy). I would love to see a circus/carnival theme. I was thinking a fortune teller, ringmaster, lion tamer, acrobat, strong man, etc.

  44. Anonymous says:

    A girly C3-PO!

  45. Melinda says:

    My son wants my new grandson to be a taco or some sort of food! He will be almost 3 months on Halloween.

  46. Joanna says:

    My daughter keeps asking to be an elephant. I see lots of elephants but can’t find anything that is just dazzling. Ideas would be great!

    1. rinda says:

      every thing i find is expensive

  47. Megan says:

    My 3.5 year old wants to be a transformer, Optimus Prime. I don’t even know how to start that! Would love to see how you approach that, help!

  48. Neetz says:

    we would love any of the my little pony’s and pepper pig. i have two friends kids wanting to be pepper pig.

  49. Stephannie says:

    Dinosaur skeleton! Going to try to make one either way would welcome trips.

  50. Tiffany says:

    hello Ashley,
    Could you do a simple elephant costume please? My two girls love elephants

    I have followed your blogs for years and can I say this like other have said before : you are an amazingly talented person! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your ideas, works and stories.

    From perpetually-summer Singapore

  51. Megan says:

    Belle, please! My toddler is asking for a Belle costume this Halloween and I’d love to be able to make one for her :)

    1. Leah says:

      Yes, Belle would be great!

  52. Daisie Hanson says:

    A Shopkin. My youngest wanted to be one (Libby Lips the lipstick) but the ones I found were expensive or borderline inappropriate. I would love to see your take on any of the Shopkins :)

  53. Robyn Marchant says:

    I’d like to see a fox tutorial! That’s what my little girl wants to be. Also a Princess Leia robe (especially the hair). Thanks!

  54. Stacey says:

    My kids are dying to be Star Wars characters. I currently need a Kylo Ren, Princess Leia, Jedi cloak and baby ewok. I’m totally freaking out!

  55. Sondra says:

    My 1 year old loves Peppa Pig. I would love to sew it myself but I’m a beginner. Work your magic!

  56. liz says:

    My children want to be Bob, Kevin, and Stuart Minion and Scarlett OVERKILL! So that is our 5 votes :)

  57. Courtney says:

    My Little Pony!

  58. Debbie E says:

    I need to make Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens and Belle’s winter costume with the red capelet.

  59. Sue Nugent says:

    The ones I vote for is Bass Fish and the Dinosaur Skeleton

  60. Crystal says:

    We are going to be the Scooby doo gang around here…I’m hoping for not too much trouble. That baby chick is adorable.! So is the fish

  61. Erica G says:

    My middle daughter wants to be Mulan this year, she’s all about the princesses. So that will be a Disney costume. My middle son picked out a cop swat team costume from Costco. But my youngest daughter, she’s 3, has decided she wants to be a mummy so I will be ripping up a bunch of old curtains after I tea stain them and making her costume. My baby boy I was thinking of Humpty Dumpty or Pinnochio, saw some cute home made costumes on Pinterest. He will be 1 in Nov. my oldest is almost 16 and she most likely won’t be dressing up, but my oldest son is 12 and wants to be Ticci Toby which is sort of steam punkish I guess from some internet thing called creepy pasta?? I don’t know! ;)

  62. Susan C says:

    My little one keeps going back and forth between a unicorn or a puppy, and my five-year-old wants to be a Shopkin or a Lalaloopsy. Ugh.

  63. Kathy Hardison says:

    Brothers who want to be Charlie Brown and Snoopy (my grands)

  64. Elizabeth Anderson says:

    My 3 yo wants to be sophia the first, and i’m tweaking your cinderella costume from awhile back for her. My 2 yo literally thinks he
    is Thomas the tank engine (or as he says, Tommy choo choo). Train and princess tutorials please!

  65. Kendra Peterson says:

    Police officer!

  66. Joanna Green says:

    I’d like to see any of those costumes, honestly.

    I am always up for a good wing and or fin tutorial would be really nice.

  67. Jennifer says:

    My granddaughters would love to be fairies or butterflies – or anything pretty with wings

    1. Emily says:

      Ditto, I’ve already been told by my 6 year old that she must be a fairy this year.

      She also likes pokemon though!

  68. Joyce says:

    Boba Fett! Star Wars is so popular but there aren’t any tutorials for boba fett to be found!

  69. Richelle says:

    Two of my boys want to be different pokemon, squirtle and turtwig. I imagine pokemon will be popular this year.

  70. Josey says:

    Looking for a couple of DOGS from Pet Story: especially the weenie dog & poodle.

  71. Rochelle Creager says:

    My girls want to go with a ghostbusters theme – either they want to be ghostbusters, themselves, or they want me to be a ghostbuster and they’ll be the Stay Puft marshmallow man and Slimer.

  72. Rita Morin says:

    So, dog going as a hot dog and the parents and kids as the condiments….how do I make hats for the catsup, mayo, mustard and relish?? Help. The rest I have figured out with vinyl in the appropriate color and wording on the front….

    1. Amy says:

      You could use funnels and just spray-paint them the appropriate color.

    2. Chelsey says:

      Use a witch hat and just cut off the rim and cover the rest with the appropriate color. I like fleece because it doesn’t fray. Hot glue it on ;)

  73. Natalie Acheson says:

    Mine want Judy Hopps and BB-8 or Yoda!

    1. Colleen says:

      Another Judy Hopps police officer here. Those bunny ears are really stumping me and not many tutes out there!
      Love this time of year here!

    2. Courtney says:

      I also need to make a BB-8 costume. My daughter wants to be Rey, and since my son is too little to care, I thought BB-8 might be fun and simple!

  74. Saree says:

    I know some mermaid loving girls, who would swoon for fin-tastic mermaid costumes!!!!

    1. Kate says:

      Oh yes!!! Mermaid would be great!

    2. June says:

      Ashley made some fantastic mermaid costumes last year! I made one my daughter and she still plays with it!

    3. Emily says:


  75. Lauren says:

    We’re going the baseball route this year. One child is Squints from The Sandlot, the other is Henry from Rookie of the Year. I wish my niece would be in town to be a Rockford Peach, but maybe I’ll do that myself. MY choice would be Claire and Owen from Jurassic World with dinosaur kiddos.

  76. Meg says:

    We are doing Ghostbusters this year. Tan jumpsuits with orange reflective stripes and black boots. Honestly, the proton packs have me the most nervous. Need them to be simple and direct without costing too much. And we always make a costume for the dog too. Thinking Slimer might be a fun choice there.

    1. Adrienne says:

      Also would love to see ghostbusters

  77. Kris P says:

    I’m loving the bass fish for me! LOL But it’s all about fairies here.

  78. Megan says:

    My oldest wants to be a viking – like VIKING the series not horn on the head viking. I’d love to see some ideas for making faux leather look viking. I’m thinking a cotton tunic, faux leather vest with some metal work, leg and forearm wraps with fur. It could be fun!

    1. Toni says:

      Have you seen the How to Train Your Dragon costumes Ashley made one year on this blog? (last year, maybe?) They were awesome and you could totally use her ideas to adjust the costume to your own Viking style.

  79. Katy Roberson says:

    Hooray for Halloween costumes!! Such a fun time of year!! I just heard that my kids want to be the Tooth Fairy and a Ninja Turtle….and our 20 month old has no opinion so she’ll get thrown into the mix!

  80. Kristy says:

    Harry Potter characters! Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Hagrid

    A booger- yes the yucky stuff that comes from your nose. My best friends kid really wants to be a booger and I have no idea how to make it!

    1. Toni says:

      Woo who for another Harry Potter vote! I didn’t include it my comment above but I’m making a Professor McGonagall costume for myself too. Fun!

    2. Adrienne says:

      Yes anything Harry Potter would be great!

  81. Toni says:

    Requests at my house this year are Lord Voldemort (how do I do the nose, or lack there of?) Hermione (robes are easy, right?) and Buzz Light Year (for my four year old daughter who has no interest in the wizarding world yet).

    P.S. Your blog is great year-round, but Halloween is my favorite. I literally can’t wait to see what you make this year ;-)

  82. Shelly says:

    A unicorn with wings like a pegasus … a pegicorn?

    1. Courtney says:

      An alicorn :)

    2. Shelly says:

      Haha! Thank you! I knew there had to be a name for them!

    3. Rachel says:

      Shelly, that’s an alicorn (too much My Little Pony over here). A unicorn with with wings is an alicorn.

  83. Auntiepatch says:

    Life of Pets and the two butterflies are my favorites.

  84. Stacey says:

    I have a kid that wants to be a centaur. ?

  85. emily nixon says:

    A vampire bride

  86. Kerry says:

    So far, I’m hearing Darth Vader, Perry the Platypus, and WALL-E. An interesting group.

    1. Kylie says:

      My son would go NUTS for Perry the Platypus!

    2. Amy says:

      If Perry doesn’t end up being on the list, I made one for my daughter a few years ago and it ended up being pretty easy. If you wanted pictures or ideas, I would be happy to send you what I had.

    3. Whitney says:

      My grandkids want to be Thomas the train and Skye from Paw Patrol.

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