When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t buy our halloween costumes. She always made them for us and always came up with fun, creative things. I have a feeling that I will take the same route when I have kids as well, but not to the level my mom took it – before Dorothy shoes were readily available she made mine by gluing individual red sequins onto a pair of red shoes she had spray painted! It was a hit though and I remember the next year a lot of kids at school had their very own Dorothy shoes. Here are five costumes my mom made me. Unfortunately I don’t have photos to accompany these, but it’s more unfortunate because you can’t see my mom’s awesome costume making skills! Here’s one of me from my pre-school days though.
Little Red Riding Hood
This was my kindergarten costume. I wore a yellow dress I already had and my mom made me a red hooded cape. I carried a basket with a stuffed dog in it and a stale loaf of bread we happened to have around the house.
This one was my 1st grader idea. My mom asked me what I wanted to be, I said a carrot, and she made me a carrot costume complete with a little stuffed carrot to carry around with me.
This idea actually came from American Girl Magazine. Back in the day, this magazine was awesome and always had great birthday party and Halloween ideas. This one will take a little imagination, but it went like this: A dowel with a red and white checkered piece of material attached. The dowel went on my shoulder area (attached to a string that went around me) and then she attached paper plates and plastic food to the material. Voila! I was a picnic!
Another American Girl Magazine one. The costume was a box that I was inside, it hung from my shoulders with thick ribbon. The box was painted white and cut like a picket fence and then there were flowers coming out of it. Pretty simple, pretty cute, pretty original.
GUYS. I can’t leave this one off the list. I was a huge Hanson fan (I still like them – yes, they’re still around) and by 6th grade this was time when I had to take over my own costumes. I braided my hair in chunky braids and wore an ADIDAS style shirt that they made popular at the time and topped it off with a VIP pass around my neck and some drum sticks.
I hope everyone has a happy & safe Halloween!