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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.

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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.  

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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”. 

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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! ;)

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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!





  1. Leslie says:

    I am glad I am not the only one thinking about Halloween. It is my daughter’s first one and I just can’t decide what to make her. I keep going back to the idea of a peacock. Who knows.

    1. Chelsey says:

      Just don’t forget about the car seat! Make the feathers detachable or soft or something so you can get in and out easily. (if you plan on going out that is)

  2. Michelle says:

    My 2 daughters, my friends 2 daughters and another friends daughter are doing Tutu Superheros. Each girl will be a classic superhero done with a tutu. Superman, Spiderman, Wonderwoman, Batman and Robin. I am making all the costumes myself based loosely on an idea from Etsy.

  3. Debbie Gisle says:

    Zipper down was my favorite too! EVERY TIME we leave the house I have to check my 5 year olds pants, to which he usually replies “Oh, its fine, Mom. Leave it.”

    1. The Prudent Homemaker says:

      Busting up here!

  4. Julia says:

    I have tried to get them to choose a theme but they always pick something else. My son was nick-named Bam-Bam as a child, so he went as Bam-Bam when he was a year old but my daughter refused to be Pebbles. One year, daughter was Daphne from Scooby Doo, so we hoped our son would be Scooby, but he went as Buzz Lightyear instead. They are independent thinkers and there is no changing their mind once they decide. So I will start planting the ideas now!

  5. Tracy says:

    How about… The Three Musketeers?

  6. Amanda says:

    My 3 yo daughter is going as a “pirate princess” (I suggested pirate, she added the princess and told me she needed a crown with her costume), and my 7 month old son will be a parrot. I love diy-ing Halloween costumes! I have already scouted my favorite sites and found inspirations for the costumes — now I just need to get busy sewing and creating them!

  7. Michelle says:

    I don’t have any ideas but I’m cracking up over your son with his zipper down. Hah! I have a 3 year old son and I totally get that all the time.

  8. Jenn says:

    I toyed with lots of family themes (most requiring obscure additions being a family of 6 :( ) but had a really difficult time finding something I really liked. I almost threw mI ny hands in the air and said “Be whoever! I don’t care!” but then reminded myself it was the baby’s first Halloween. I did more searching and found cute ideas (my favorite being the Nightmare Before Christmas- Jack, Sally, Lock, Shock, Barrel & the Boogie man) but everything forced the baby into not a very ‘cutesy’ character. Then someone told me she looked just like a Cabbage Patch Doll and the family theme was born! We are going to be hit toys from the 80s-GI Joe, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Ninja Turtle, He-man, and Cabbage Patch Kid! I hope it turns out as good as it looks in my head!

  9. ann says:

    I always make the halloween costumes for my son (7 yrs) and my daughter (5 yrs). My son was Yoshi the dinosaur from Nintendo two yrs ago and last yr he was Sam Flynn from TRON. My daughter was a princess two years ago and last year was a mermaid. This year my son wants to be a stag beetle and my daughter wants to be a bunny. I like what they come up with every year! It’s alot of fun for them and for me. They like how no one else has the same costume as them:)

  10. Vanessa says:

    I’m trying to figure something out too! I’ve got three girls – ages 6, 4, and 1. I would love to make some costumes that go on a theme but it’s hard to think of three girls costumes that go together. We’ve done way too many princess costumes already!

    1. Jenna says:

      They should be the witches from Disney’s Hocus Pocus! It’s one of my favorite Halloween movies and there is three!!

  11. Jaci says:

    we are doing minions from despicable me….I just have to find yellow hoodies

  12. Melany says:

    My 3-year old has naturally curly red hair, so she’s going to be Strawberry Shortcake, the old school version with the white apron and poofy hat, and my 4-month old baby girl is going to be, you guess it, a strawberry. :) Maybe your kiddos could all be a different fruit! And you could be the Chiquita banana lady! Ha! :)

    1. The Prudent Homemaker says:

      My mom did that one year. She made a giant Strawberry Shortcake head from paper mache; I was about 5 and I got to help her make it.

      Don’t forget the green and white horizontal striped tights!

  13. MaryDawn says:

    We are doing Rapunzel and Flynn. I am not very crafty and really have no clue how I am tackling this but it is gonna happen :)

  14. Alysha says:

    We must be on the same wavelength- I JUST started looking up ideas for our family on the internet. The only thing I can come up with is a Star Wars theme, mainly because I am so excited to dress up my littlest one as a cute, furry Ewok! But I’m not 100% married to the idea.

  15. carrie says:

    My kids want to do Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I have 2 boys ages 6 and 2 and they will be Jake & Cubby. My 7yr old daughter wants to be Izzy. And we’re having a baby girl next month – they want her to be the parrot!

    Past years we’ve done Mickey & Minnie, Alvin & Brittany (The Chipmunks), Mario, Peach, and Toad, and last year we had a ghost, mummmy, and a ghostbuster :) Every year I vow that it’s the last year we will do a theme and definitely the last year I will make the costumes… and every year I abandon that thought and try my hand at putting together costumes.

  16. Crystal says:

    I think a washer, dryer and basket of dirty clothes would be cute!

  17. Leanne says:

    I love this post! Our little man will be almost 10 months at Halloween and I’m constantly thinking of costume options for the three of us. My husband is pretty anti-halloween, but I adore it, so I need to come up with something good to convince him! Last year I was a pregnant skeleton but hubby just wore a t-shirt and hat – he went as himself. Lame! :-)

  18. Misty says:

    I’ve been thinking of making these superhero inspired ones. I want to dress my son as batman and his twin sister as robin. I’ve already ordered the crocheted headband/tube top and the tutu seems to be just tulle tied on the bottom but I’m scared about not knowing how to do the sleeves.

    1. Michelle says:

      We are doing the same but with 5 kids and all girls! I will be making mine too!

  19. Shannon says:

    My kids want to be characters from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, mostly because the 3 year old is OBSESSED with Jack Skellington <3

  20. Jenn Martinsen says:

    My kids live in the 80’s, so my 4 year old daughter is going as She-ra, my 3 year old son is He-Man, and my 18 month old is Orko. MY Husband is going to be Skeletor and I am going to be Sorceress:)

  21. Gail says:

    My 8 yo daughter has decided to go as Christine from Phantom of the opera and somehow managed to talk her 10 yo brother into going as he phantom. His one demand was that he get to have a sword. LOL! Boys will be boys!

    My husband and I are going as Red Riding Hood and the Woodsman….steampunk style!

    1. Gail says:

      We did kick around the idea of doing Mystery Inc. Since we have 5 in our family (the youngest is as yest undecided what he wants to be). Daddy could be Freddy, my oldest Shaggy, youngest would be Scooby, then my daughter and I would be Velma and Daphne (I’m sure I’d end up as Velma!)

  22. Darci says:

    My little one has short super curly hair. She wants to be Annie. It will be adorable!!!

  23. Keri says:

    So if I help you come up with ideas can you send me some for my almost 4 year old! :) Some that would be fun for your family: different cereal box characters, Popeye characters, Rock Music Group, Viking or Knight and Princess, or classic toys such as potato head, slinky, or army men Hope that helps!

  24. christina says:

    The characters maybe too old, but I’ve always wanted to dress up as a Crash Test Dummy. Remember they had the entire family of them?

    1. The Prudent Homemaker says:

      Oh, that’s hilarious!

  25. Brooke Hedin says:

    We are thinking about doing Mickey, Minnie and Pluto (for the baby). We are also thinking about superhero costumes such as superman, supergirl, or there is always the incredibles or Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy.

  26. Gabrielle Cato says:

    Probably a little old fashioned, and the kids have probably never heard of them… but we are dressing up as Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Sweatpea this year. I bet not many of that family will be out, and she could carry a doll as Sweatpea and I bet he would love muscles and tattoos!

  27. Cristina G. says:

    This year I’ve made my first costume ever, not for my son but for my nephew. He’s been obsessed with Sorcerer Mickey ever since we’ve returned from Disney this February. My in-laws bought him the hat/ears while we were there so I only had to make the outfit which wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined! It was actually a lot of fun and I think I may have caught new sewing bug! Watch out fabric stash here I come! :)

    As for your little ones what about Peter Pan?! Conner could be Peter (what little boy wouldn’t love carrying a sword and pretending he could fly), Elli would be Wendy and your youngest could be Tinkerbelle!

    What do you think?!

    1. Jenna says:

      Her kids have already been Peter Pan and Tink.

  28. Jennifer says:

    We’re going to be Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell. You could add captain hook, tiger lily, etc.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I LOVE this idea!

  29. Gretchen says:

    I bought a dinosaur costume from The Children’s Place on clearance in January for $1.50. That is for our (will be by then) 19-month-old son. But struggling with ideas for a 1-month-old daughter. Suggestions? Would love for them to coordinate but just about anything is a better idea than what I have now for a newborn.

    1. Alysha says:

      You could make her a little dino-egg!

    2. Vanessa says:

      What about a dinosaur egg to go with the dinosaur?

    3. Danielle says:

      I think the onesie with a tutu costume works great for baby girls. You can make it anything just by changing the colors – a lady bug, a baby chick, a fairy, a dragon fly (just add wings)… ou make it warmer with leggings and a long sleeve onesie or cooler with shorts and a short sleeve onesie- depending on your climate and halloween activities.

      Or sweatsuit costumes would be good. You just add a tail(made out of felt) to the pants and spikes to the hood and back and she can be a comfy dinosaur too. Or add wings(with felt or knit) to the arms and she could be a Pteranadon.

    4. Shayla says:

      She could be Pebbles!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    We’re doing the little mermaid this year. I’m Ursula, DH is king triton, my son will be Sebastian and the girls (3 months) will be Ariel. You could do Ariel, Sebastian and flounder!

  31. Leia says:

    You could do a Sleeping Beauty theme. Oldest as the princess, Middle as prince, Youngest as one of the faeries.

  32. Monica says:

    Last year my two youngest (then son,2 and daughter 15 months) were BamBam and Pebbles and ADORABLE! I couldn’t convince anyone else to dress up in that theme so the other 2 were their own things. This year my now 3 year old wants to be something/anything Spiderman and I just don’t know what to do with the 2 year old as a ‘sidekick’. Hoping that i can convince him to change his mind but honestly I’m stumped myself as to options. Can’t wait to see what others are doing so I can get some inspiration.

    1. Jaci says:

      get her a spiderman costume add a tutu and she can be spidergirl!

    2. Tiffany says:

      Or she could be Mary Jane?

    3. Debbie says:

      He should be “Spiderman 2”

    4. Andrea says:

      Late to the party here, but what about Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, that is, Spidey, Firestar and Iceman? Look up Spider-Man team-ups!

  33. Maren says:

    my kids are being angry birds (the black one, the red one, and the yellow one) I know a million other kids will be them, but they will fit over snowsuits well and they really want them, plus Joanns had a sale on felt, so why not. Now all I have to do is convince my husband to be a pig.

  34. Desiree @ Wee Share says:

    What about Alice In Wonderland? Of course there can be Alice, then you can use the Mad Hatter, the white rabbit, queen of hearts, the Cheshire Cat, or even Tweedledee and Tweedledum!

  35. Emily says:

    Love these pictures and their imaginations!! :) I’m thinking of a making a flamenco dress for my daughter. It would be cool paired with a matador. :)

  36. Charity G. says:

    I’m thinking of doing my three older boys (5 and twin 2.5 year olds) as the various Batmans – all black, gray and black, gray and blue. We’ll have a 1.5 month old at that point too and I joked about making him Robin, but I plan on making a Mickey outfit for him to come home from the hospital in, and I’m certain that is what he’ll actually be wearing.

  37. Brenda says:

    Sorry, but we’re using your idea from last year! I’ll be Mary, hubs will be Bert, and then our 11-month-old will be a penguin…looking forward to it!

  38. Jen says:

    My husband and son are going to be Batman and Robin – with my son being Batman and my husband being Robin :P

    I’m going to try your tute for the pregnant skeleton shirt since I don’t want to be a pregnant cat woman. :)

    1. Shayla says:

      When I’m pregnant is possibly the only time I WOULD feel comfortable in a skin-tight suit!

  39. Sherri says:

    3 Little Monkeys…(either jumping on the bed) i.e. put wheels on a toddler bed, dress the kids in monkey costumes and roll them down the street JUMPING ON THE BED. teehee! Or do the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” monkeys. Again, put them on a downed tree or a stump in a wagon, pull them around in their poses. If you were in my neck of the woods, we would have to do a photoshoot! :)

    I have the ideas, but implementing is always very difficult. LOL!

  40. Yeisha says:

    Lalaloopsy dolls—there is boy and girls to choose from and they each have their own pets!

  41. Cassie says:

    My kiddos want to be Jessie and Woody from Toy Story — it’s pretty simple to put together, except the shirts. I have material for both but have never tried a collar shirt before… it’s a little scary! :) I’d love to see you do a tutorial for that!

    1. Emily says:

      That would be so cute!!!!!!!! :)

    2. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty says:

      I did a Jessie costume a few years ago with a thrifted white dress shirt and some yellow fabric- I just cut out the yoke of the shirt in yellow and sewed it on to the existing shirt. Then I used red yarn for Jessie’s embellishments. I didn’t do a tutorial but can give you some ideas:

    3. Ashley says:

      Our family dressed up as toy story last year. I just bought a white collard shirt and a yellow plaid shirt at the thrift store and then sewed yellow fabric with red ric-rac for Jessie and sewed a cow hide vest for woody. It was really easy.

  42. Natalie says:

    My sister-in-law and family are thinking of being Things from Dr. Seuss … Mom and Dad will be Thing 1 and Thing 2, the kiddos will be Things A, B, C, D. I think it’s a fun idea! Keep us posted on what you decide!!

  43. Christy says:

    I made my daughter a cupcake a few years ago and it was so fun! I love food costumes! So, I am a trying to subtly push my kids toward a big brother / little sister campfire food theme like a hot dog and a smore :D Not exactly sure how I’d make those but it would be so fun! If my daughter wins I’ll be turning her into a rose with a big rose headpiece and petal skirt.

  44. Janice says:

    What about the minions in “Despicable Me”? Overalls, yellow hoodie, black shoes & Gloves, goggles, yellow face paint and black pipe cleaner hair sticking through the hood…pretty much all available to the diy’er!

    1. Jen says:

      Brilliant! Now I want to be a minion!

  45. Bonnie says:

    My kids are going themed again this year as Jasmine and Aladdin (as Prince Ali). Too bad I’m due in December or the baby could be the monkey Abu! Last year was Rapunzel and Flynn Rider and they were in heaven!

  46. Christina says:

    What about the scare crow, the lion, and the tin man from the Wizard of Oz?? That movie was always one of my favorites!

  47. Samantha K. says:

    I have thought of a couple of ideas, but I can’t sew to save my life, so I doubt I can execute any of them without tons of help. :) But my kids love 101 Dalmatians, so I thought Cruella DeVille for my 4 year old daughter and dalmatian puppies for my 2 year old son and 2 month old baby girl. I also thought of Alice in Wonderland and there are tons of options with that one- my oldest would want to be Alice, I’m sure, but my son could be a playing card, or the mad hatter. The baby would make an adorable white rabbit, caterpillar or cheshire cat. Or I could have the younger two be tweedle dee and tweedle dum! The kids also love The Incredibles (which they refer to as ‘The Daddy Show’ because they think my husband really is Mr. Incredible. There is a bit of a resemblance. haha!) and as a family of 5 we have just the right number to pull that one off. So lots of ideas, (all disney! ha!) not sure what we’ll go with! I’m sure your kids will have gorgeous costumes as always, whatever you decide! :)

  48. Andrea says:

    My son wants to be a Hexbug (I’m letting him and his dad figure out exactly HOW to make that one). My daughter wants to be a monkey like last year (bingo! I love costume I already have!) And I decided to dress up too. I’m going to be Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter. I even found pink tweed shoes on ebay. Now I just need to make the pink tweed cape….

    1. The Prudent Homemaker says:

      That’s the best Evil Villan costume I’ve ever heard! Brilliant!

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