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Thinking about Halloween


Connor and Elli have been keeping busy in the dress-up box lately.  They think up stories about queens and witches, bad guys fighting off dragons, and wicked step-mothers selling golden eggs to townspeople.  I love over hearing what they’re talking about, because it usually cracks me up.  And if they catch me snickering, they fall out of character and get embarrassed.  Ooops.


But the other day, I noticed Elli wearing her old Mary Poppins costume and Connor stuffed into his really old Prince Charming costume.  They were acting out some Prince/Princess theme.





But the real reason I pulled out the camera, was to zoom in on Connor’s root-beer-belly.  Holy smokes……he looked like a sausage link, busting out of his outer wrapper.  




He had no clue that his 2 year old Prince Charming costume was just a tad too small.  Hey, he was in character…….acting out his “prince” responsibilities, as instructed by his “princess”. 



And Elli, well, she just spun her little heart out.  It’s a good thing her Mary Poppins costume still fits.  She is still a spinner! ;)



I’m just glad we’re getting lots of use out of old Halloween costumes.  Makes it all worth it!

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While they were playing, it got me thinking about Halloween this year. 


I better start putting on the pressure to choose some costume ideas, if they want me to make them again this year.  I’m not sure if they’ll want to fit into a theme again.  But I’ll still try and “suggest” a theme.  Well, if I can think of one.  Any ideas out there?  What are you making/buying for your kids this year?  Or even for yourself? 


Oh, if you have a really great theme idea but you’re just not quite sure how to tackle it, tell me what it is and maybe I’ll need to use it for my kids too.  Then you’ll have some instruction ideas on how to make it for your family too. ;)  Haha…….just trying to pull out ideas here. :)



Enjoy your day!




Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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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!
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  1. Shayla says:

    My neighbor’s little girl is going to be a Southern Belle. We’ve been discussing ways to make a hoop skirt, so I would love to see your take on that!

  2. Jodie says:

    I LOVE Halloween. My kids are 8, 5 and 2.5. Our whole family has been doing a themed Halloween-thing for a few years now. We’ve done the Wizard of Oz, Scooby Doo and last year was Monster Mash–classic Halloween characters including Frankenstein, Dracula, a Mummy, a Witch and the Bride of Frankenstein.

    And since it’s been said that imitation is the best form of flattery I am excited to report that this year, with the help of your fabulous instructions, the kids are doing Mary Poppins and my husband and I will be Chimney Sweeps. Other ideas we had considered (and are keeping in the hopper for future years) Alice in Wonderland, Mario Party characters, Super Heroes–AKA the Justice League.

  3. Lauren says:

    Dress up from the 1950s.

    Twirl-able poodle skirts for the girls scarfs
    Leather jacket for your boy, sunglasses
    Maybe some DIY black and white painted shoes

    Simple, cute and not your average costume on the block.

  4. Joy says:

    Our church does a trunk or treat each year and so our family tires to dress in a theme to match how we decorate our car. One year we were all Star Wars themed; last year My bubby was Mickey, I was Minnie and our almost 3-year old was Mini-Minnie. Our Car was decorated to look like Pluto with a giant paper mache dog bowl & bone.

    This year we are decorating the car to be a fild of pumpkins like the “it’s the great pumpkin charlie brown” We have a bright yellow Xterra that we plan to add a zigzag stripe to. My hubby will be Charlie in his hole-y ghost sheet (that one is easy) I will be snoopy, and our almost 4-year old will be woodstock – now I’m just trying to figure out how to make our costumes without spending a lot. Is there a way to turn a milk jug into a snout??? Maybe…

    1. Joy says:

      *hubby not bubby! lol

  5. Shawn "the girl" says:

    I have a very strong-willed 3 year old who just got into princesses and Tinkerbell… I would like to go for a warmer outfit, but she’d fight me less if it was Tink, so thinking on how to make that happen without her looking like I pulled a costume over a shirt.

    I made a joke about making her an Assasin’s Creed costume with a white-hoodie base, and the step-kids (teenagers) LOVE it, but I don’t think the little one will get it. The older kids still want to go out, so we gotta talk on that one- last year the eldest went as a necromancer and the younger as his zombie ninja minion- so easy!

    Maybe something more traditional Halloween? Witches, ghosts, zombies, werewolves? Might even be able to cute it up for the young crowd

  6. Nicole says:

    okay, we are going to be Capitol people (like from the hunger games) this year! how cool, right?! I would love to see what your creative mind can do with it!

  7. Suzannah says:

    I am thinking of doing the Lorax. I haven’t seen very many good ones yet. But we’ll do my husband as the onceler, I’ll be the mom, my daughter as Audrey, my boys as the lorax, ted or a bear. I can’t decide which 2 I want to do. But I would love to see your take on the lorax for sure!

  8. Sarah says:

    I didn’t read through all of them, so someone might have already mentioned this, but our family went as The Incredibles (Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack) for 2 years in a row (because it was SUCH a hit the first time – we won the costume contest everywhere we went and got so many comments!) – and then moved across the country and just decided to do it again. SO much fun and you have the perfect arrangement of children (my baby girl didn’t mind being Jack-Jack!) :)

  9. Jenna says:

    Last year, we just had 2 boys so we had a knight and dragon. This year we had a baby girl and I really wanted her to be candy corn and my oldest wants to be batman so I got him to compromise and just be a bat, and my other boy is going to be a spider so we are going with a “Halloween” theme this year. Next year, I will probably have a band of pirates or maybe a pirate, alligator and mermaid-a theme I’ve been dying to do (even before I knew I was having a girl!)

  10. Rene says:

    Too cute! I’m 15, and I’m dressing up as Jasmine. I couldn’t find a costume that I liked that I didn’t think was cheap looking for under $200! I decided to make one with my grandma and it turned out really cute. I already have long dark hair so all I had to do it buy some cheap ($3 & 6) extensions at Sally’s. I cannot wait until Halloween!! I do wish that my two 11 year old brothers would be Aladdin & Abu… that would be cute! But they are ‘too cool for Disney’ right now. LOL.

  11. Lisa says:

    We are going as Mario and Princess Peach and our little 18m girl will be toad(ette). I make our costume semi-homemade, thrifting for overalls and a pink prom dress and making a sparkly pink toad hat and skirt. I think a great idea for your family would be Wizard of Oz. one girl could be Dorthy the other Glenda and your son would have a few options Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, The wizard…I suppose one of your girl could be the Witch too but they seem like girly girls.

  12. Kyndra says:

    My 3 year old daughter wants to be Peter Pan. Not Tinkerbell or Tiger Lilly, she shoots me right down when I suggest that, she wants to be Peter Pan! Anyone have ideas how I can make a Peter Pan costume a little more girly?

  13. Becca says:

    I also have 3 kids and I would love to somehow figure out how to do a Red Ridding Hood theme :)
    I have 2 girls and 1 boy.

    1. Jessica says:

      Girls-Little Red & Grandma
      Boy-either Wolf or Woodsman

  14. Punk Rebel Mama says:

    Earlier this year my daughter wanted to be Jareth the Goblin king from Labyrinth. (David Bowie). But now she wants to be someone from Lord of the Rings. Arwen and the hobbits would be cute! And you and hubby could go as Gandalf and Gladriel.

    I love dressing up as characters from literature!

    Since we have a costume company, I have TONS of stuff available to me. If anyone has trouble finding accessories or pieces to make their outfits work, let me know. email me at

    1. spring says:

      I love, love, love that she was Jareth! That has to be one of the best ideas ever. :)

    2. Stacey says:

      At least it was a daughter requesting to be Jareth… :) Am I the only one who was slightly scarred by those tight pants??

  15. Kimberly says:

    We are going to try a Peter Pan theme! Our 7 month old son as Peter Pan, our 3 year old daughter as Wendy (as requested by her), my husband will be Captain Hook and I am going as Tinker Bell (if I can find an appropriate costume)! Our daughter loves Peter Pan and is anxiously awaiting for her costume! She is trying to talk some of our older friends (age 12 and 8) to dress up in our theme too. We’ll see what they think! I do not sew, but I’m going to try to make it very simple and try my luck. I already have some ideas going!

  16. Avin says:

    Last year I had a flamingo, cutest ever! This year she wants to be a red butterfly, so her baby sister will be a caterpillar

  17. Beth says:

    No kids, but I have a Halloween party to go to and my idea for this year is doubling for handing out candy at my parents’. I have to wear a brimmed hat practically everywhere (disability stuff), severely limiting my costume options, at least creative ones. Year before last, I was a crayon, with a sheet wrapped around me, a similarly colored towel fashioned into a cone atop one of my hats, and black electrical tape on the side of the sheet, saying “Crayon” and the color.
    Last year, I was a “firehouse dog”. I dressed up as a dalmation and donned a costume fireman’s hat that I made a special “fire dog” shield for. Also did my walker up as a fire engine.
    This year, I’m going to be the Easter Bunny–who evidently gets holidays confused. I even got a bunch of Easter eggs earlier this year and will hand those out at the door with candy inside. I’ve yet to figure out how to attach ears to the hat.

  18. louise says:

    Love this! I made my son a fireman costume 2 years ago. I made it big becuase I knew he’d wear it for a long time and firemans suits are big. But I made the arms to fit him then. So they are way to short now… But he still wears it all the time! It’s too funny. I soooo need to lengthen the arms!

  19. Vicki says:

    My granddaughter wants to be Medusa. Grandson hasn’t decided. We never do themes as they will never agree. They are 9 & 10.

  20. Julie L says:

    I have a 7 year old daughter, and 3 boys: 5 yrs, 3yrs and 1 year. My 5 year old wants to be batman, so we already figured out that the other two boys will be spiderman and superman and my daughter wants to be catwoman, although I think wonderwoman would be better, but she likes the “cat” idea better. Guess I’ll have lots of sewing to do. I know these costumes will get lots of playtime use as well.

  21. Beth says:

    Angry Birds would be adorable. The two older kids can be the red and yellow birds, and the baby can be the green pig. Think of the photo op!

  22. Lynn Kellan says:

    I suspect I’m going to be surrounded by characters from The Hunger Games at Halloween this year… :)

  23. Stacy Goodsell says:

    Oh and Ashley.. your kids could be the Peanuts gang. pick 3! Lucy, Charlie and the birdie :-) etc.

  24. Stacy Goodsell says:

    My 5 and 4yr old girls want to be Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Meringue. I also have a 2 yr old girl and 6mo old boy to figure out as well as costumes for my husband and I for a Halloween party we attend every year. I better get started now or I will be going nuts like I always do. Last year we used your princess dress tutorial and did a Cinderella and Kind of Sleeping beauty (it was pink)
    I need a theme for my husband the baby and I… any ideas? needs to be modest.

    Last year at the party we had a cast away couple.. the guy was Tom hanks and the girls was Wilson complete with a volleyball cut out in her head and a hand painted over her face. it was awesome!

    1. Shayla says:

      I would just carry on the Strawberry Shortcake theme to the rest of the family! Your hubby as the Peculiar Purple Pieman, your baby as Huckleberry Pie, your toddler as Apple Dumplin, and you could be Blueberry Muffin. :)

    2. Jenn says:

      Or you could add the Berrykins too!

  25. Jennifer says:

    When my kids were younger, my daughter was a tooth fairy and my son was a tooth.
    maybe for a 3rd costume in a this theme someone could be a toothbrush or floss?

    I’ve seen a kid go as spaghetti. she had a wig made of mop string, an upturned colander, a red shirt and pants with brown styrofoam balls glued to it. maybe someone could be an italian waiter, someone could be spaghettie and someone could be a jar of parmesan cheese.

    When my daughter was 3 she was a bubble bath. She dressed in pink. We pinned small, white balloons all over to be the bubbles. we painted a box white with water splashing over the sides and glued a rubber duck the the tub. She also wore a shower cap. maybe some could be the rubber duck and someone else could be a bar of soap?

  26. Holly Llewellyn says:

    My boys are requesting to be the AquaBats (if you don’t know them…google them, they are a Ska Band my husband listens too…pretty fun group of guys) I might have us all be Aquabats…including lil’miss

  27. Laura says:

    My older daughter loves Isabella from Phineas and Ferb. We’re going to go all out together with my husband in Phineas, daughter as Isabella, me probably Ferb and the younger daughter as Candace. We’re pretty excited since we love the show!

  28. Amy says:

    I plan on dressing my 2 year old twin boys as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, and my 8 month old daughter as Minnie Mouse. I plan on making the costumes. If you have any suggestions I’d love to here them.

  29. Kristina Noall says:

    Wow, there are a lot of good ideas here…mine are hard. I have two little boys, one 3 1/2 and one will be 7 months, and the older one isn’t into a lot of mainstream stuff like superheroes–we only do Netflix. He sort of likes Spiderman, but who would Baby Luke be? And Jamie really only likes Finding Nemo and Tangled from Disney. I think he’d love to be Flynn Rider, but again, Luke can’t exactly be Rapunzel…Then there’s Yo Gabba Gabba…good luck getting my husband to dress up like DJ Lance, lol…this is tough! Jamie is obsessed with Santa, so maybe I’ll make him Santa and Luke an elf? Or find some reindeer antlers…sorry, I’m totally brainstorming on your comments page, but it got my creative juices flowing and I didn’t want to stop! Lol.

    Anyway, I seriously look forward to your Halloween costumes ALL YEAR. Can’t wait!

  30. Kasia says:

    I love your style!!!

  31. Katie G says:

    Last year my 8-yr old was Smaug – the dragon from “The Hobbit”. I even made it breath fire with a flashlight and tissue paper! This year she wants to be Herminone- so I’m makeing a cape!

  32. Amanda Dunlap says:

    My kids love Mickey and Minnie mouse. I’m trying to figure out a possible third outfit for the newest addition incase she comes early. Pluto maybe?

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