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It’s Octoooooober!

Can you believe it’s October?!?!


Weren’t we just slipping into swim suits? And complaining about hot afternoons? (Okay, some of you still are, I’m sure. And some of you are just beginning your warmer weather…) But, what in the world?!?! It’s October!


October begins the kick off of a string one exciting thing after another. October means crisper weather, Halloween and costumes…..which turns into November and spices and fallen leaves and, you got it, Thanksgiving………..which turns into December and talk of snow and snuggly evenings, and then hooray, Christmas time. Something starts brewing inside of me when October rolls around.


But before we get ahead of ourselves…….Halloween comes first.


Are you making costumes this year?


Hmmmm, am I? Yes.

But I’m still running a few options in my brain. Okay, the honest truth is I haven’t put much thought into it……..and just haven’t really talked to the kiddos about it. Well, and these little monkeys are more picky this year. We’ll see if I need to insert a little convincing.  3 and 4 year olds (and of course a 7 month old) can still be convinced/persuaded, right?



Looking at other costumes gets me thinking though. And then looking at the costumes I made from past years, just gets me all excited again.


Do you remember these costumes from a couple years ago?


My oldest was really into fairies and wings (okay, she still is…), so she was Tinker Bell (found here).




And then, this little guy had no opinion at all, so he was Tinker Bell’s buddy…..Peter Pan (found here).




And then last year, my little girl adored Cinderella.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her more excited, than when this dress was finished and I slipped it over her head. It was magical.

(Cinderella dress found here and her accessories found here.)




And haha, making this Prince Charming costume had me giggling the whole time. I don’t know, there was something about making a suit for this tiny little bubble belly boy. Every time I finished a detail, I laughed. And to watch him slice the air with his sword just cracked us up every time. Prince Charming found here.




Need some really simple candy bucket ideas to match your costumes?

I turned dollar store buckets into matching candy baskets here.



And then, maybe one of the funnest costumes for myself, this pregnant skeleton.

If you want laughs and pointing fingers from strangers at the store, across a room, or while trick or treating (and you’re pregnant?)………

……….make one for yourself. (tutorial found here)




And if your husband wants in on the fun, make him one too. And fill his skeleton belly with his favorite food. Just as many laughs. (tutorial found here)





And then, I always like looking at your past costumes that you shared with me here and here.


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You can always submit your handmade costumes into the Make It and Love It flickr group here.


Have you made your costume already??? If you have, go on and share. If not, you’re like me…….and may be still finalizing an idea.


(And I totally want to do a highlight of some of your costumes……maybe on October 31st. So if you’re on top of things and have a picture to share, upload it to the flickr group here. Or any time before the 31st. Can’t wait!)



Ashley Johnston

Administrator 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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