Now that we are into October, Halloween planning is definitely on my mind. For us, part of that means putting together our family-themed costumes.
I was lucky and grew up with a mom and grandmas that are all pretty good seamstresses (one of my next endeavors). Along with that, came homemade or at least semi-homemade costumes–from witches, to fairies, and even a bag of jelly bellies! I don’t ever remember going to the store to pick out entire costumes–instead it was deciding what I wanted to be and then figuring out how we could put the costume together. Even if a main part was store-bought new, we would then add details & embellishments!
So, since having my own kids, we’ve been trying to extend that tradition as much as possible, but took it one step farther–family themed costumes!!
This started when Big Brother was first a toddler. I had a great spanish dancer costume turned “Moulin Rouge” costume that I thought would easily make a great pirate wench. With a few touches & supplies, I figured we could easily create a pirate costume for my husband. And, what does every pirate couple need? A parrot of course!!
So, two years ago, my mom and I made my son this parrot costume (get directions here):
While it was nowhere near as elaborate as the year before(I was coming out of the first trimester with little brother and not feeling great), we still really enjoyed being all dressed up together–we even won “funniest” costume for his age group at a Halloween festival.