Halloween really snuck up on me this year. I tried to plan the kids Halloween costumes as part of my August planning goal but the kids kept changing their minds. Once October hit we had a birthday followed by a baby blessing which kept me busy. All the while still trying to get settled into a routine with homeschooling and a new baby. So when last weekend rolled around and I realized the only costume that had been started was my oldest sons I started to panic. On Tuesday afternoon I took two of my kids and we hit up two second-hand stores. The rest of our costumes were made and put together Wednesday through Friday of last week.
We knew that we needed a simple and frugal costume for hubby and I this year. We ended up coming up with the below (thank you Pinterest!). Our ice bags were clear garbage bags with some netting I got 50% off at the fabric store. The letters were written on the bag with blue electrical tape. Pricing out what we used it was about $12 for both of our costumes. For Jacob’s baby costume we used a bonnet that I already had, a baby doll soother with some ribbon and some plain white broadcloth that cost about $1. Confused about how a baby goes with ice? Check out this video. Kaitlyn is obsessed with Dora The Explorer right now. I had been looking on the second hand buy and sell groups trying to find her a costume without any luck. I was going to buy a plain shirt and shorts but it’s just the wrong time of year to find those here. Thankfully, we totally lucked out and found this Dora princess dress for $3.25 at the second hand store. I ended up making her Backpack and Map out of cardboard and felt based on this photo. The total cost for her costume was about $6.
Nathan and Tyler both wanted to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Nathan as Leonardo and Tyler as Raphael. Again, I lucked out and found the costumes at the second-hand store. Nathan’s costume didn’t need anything done to it and my husband made the swords out of some wood we hand on hand. Total cost for his costume was $10.
The costume that I found for Tyler was a few sizes too big but we were able to make the torso a bit shorter by tying the shell under the tummy area. This costume was originally a Leonardo as well so my husband used red electrical tape to cover the eye area and some red ribbon to replace the blue on the back of the mask. The total cost of his costume was about $11.
Joshua made his costume mostly on his own this year. He is a quetzalcoatlus which is a type of dinosaur. His costume was made out of cardboard and some bubble wrap. These were items that we already had on hand. Once it was done he used some blue and white spray paint to finish it off. The total cost of his costume was $8.
The grand total for our costumes this year was about $48. Not bad for 7 costumes!
What are you dressing up as this year?