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Halloween is upon us. Ok, maybe not that close but we do have 36 days to come up and either buy or DIY our little one’s costumes. Before Nick, I would wait until the last minute to come up with something for Halloween parties, which therefore means I would end up being the basic cat more times that I would like to admit. Now, however, I am ready to challenge Neil Patrick Harris and his family for best family theme costumes. I have already chosen our family’s costumes for this year’s Halloween (which I will share at the end of this post), but I had a few ideas left over that I thought I would share with you all. Remember, Halloween isn’t just for the little ones. Now that we have kids we have the perfect excuse to still dress up silly!!
- Lady & The Tramp … & Spaghetti & Meatballs
If you only have one little one, this is a great costume idea. The parents can chose whether they want to be Lady or the Tramp and the little one will be the spaghetti. After all, just like the spaghetti brought the Lady and the Tramp together, your little one I’m sure brought you two even closer. There’s a great fellow blogger who posted about this costume here. You can also find the Spaghetti costume for your little one here. This one specifically fits up to 18 months. My favorite thing about this theme is that for the parents the costumes are actually pretty easy because the masks can be easily made or even just printed out and you can cut holes on the eyes.
- Elliot, Gertie, and E.T.
Buy dad a red sweater. Mom, put your hair up in two ponytails and get yourself a pair of pant overalls and a stripped shirt. For baby, just put a white blanket over him or her. I would have probably done this costume last year when Nick was just 3 months old since it doesn’t require for the little one to have too much extra stuff on. It is also an easier costume to use the baby carrier with. You can even put a basket around baby to make it look like the bike basket used in the actual movie.
If you love seafood this is probably a good one for you. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to seafood. Nonetheless, this is a great theme. Your baby or toddler can be a lobster while mom and dad dress up as chefs. You can find the lobster costume for your infant here and for your toddler here. The latter goes from 12 months up to 4T. Now, for the parents. You can just get a white shirt or sweater (depending on the weather) and a chef hat for each. You can find those here. I would also either add some fake mustache or paint them on. This theme also has a twist, make your little one the chef and mom and dad can be the lobsters. Find the chef costume here. And the lobster costume you can either buy something like this or DIY. If you DIY you can just wear all red, wear red gloves or make yourself some claws out of foam paper & a crab mask.
- Bert, Mary & a dancing penguin
Who doesn’t remember the iconic scene in Mary Poppins with the dancing penguins? Now you can be a part of it as well – – well sort of. You can find an adult Mary Poppins costume here. You can also take a quick trip by your local thrift store, while you won’t find the exact Mary Poppins costume, you may get lucky and find a dress that resembles hers and you can always make some quick changes to it. For Bert, you can always just get a white blazer and draw in the lines with fabric marker. The penguin will be the easiest.. you can find the costume here. If you really want to have fun & dad is up for it, make dad the dancing penguin while you and baby chose between Mary and Bert. Find a costume big enough for dad here.
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Does anybody else’s child scream in excitement when you start singing this song? We even have a whole interpretive dance routine for the song in our household, made up by my wonderful husband haha. This is another easy theme. You can pick up a spider costume for your little one, like this one. Mom and dad can chose between being the rain, the sun, or a spider web. For the sun, while you can go out and buy a sun costume, there’s an easier route. Buy a yellow shirt and yellow poster board. Cut out a circle from the board, glue it to your shirt and add a happy face and the rays to it. To make the rain outfit, you will follow the same idea. Grey shirt, cut out a board in a cloud shape, and add a sad face. Add string to the bottom of it to represent the rain. The easiest will probably be the spider web. Get a black shirt and draw a web on it with a white fabric marker.
- Woody, Jessie, and Sid.. what?
I know, the last person that Woody would want to be with is toy torturer Sid Phillips. But let’s remember that in Toy Story 3, Sid returns as a grown up garbage man who does no harm. This year Nick will be Woody (DIY costume post to come soon), I will be Jessie, and my husband will be Sid. I don’t know about your husbands’ but mine won’t want to cooperate if his costume takes too much time or is too flashy. That is one of the main reasons why I was trying to come up with something other than Buzz for him. That’s when I thought about Sid. As soon as I ran the idea past my husband he searched for the shirt on Amazon and ordered it. You can find it here. Since he is going as the grown up Sid, he will use some work boots he uses for DIY projects around the house, a pair of big earphones that I have, and we just have to pick up a safety vest to finish the look.
I hope you find this list helpful. If you do any of these or have done any of theme, please share. Also share if you have any DIY’s for any of the characters mentioned above. I’m sure others will find them helpful. I am currently trying to finish Nick’s Woody costume so I can hopefully post that DIY on the blog soon.