Happy Halloween 2019! It’s A Monster Mash!

October 31, 2019

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Happy Halloween!! After Greta enthusiastically declared she wanted to be Dracula for Halloween, we decided to all throw it back to classic monsters–Werewolf, Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula and a Witch. (Can you believe this is my first time EVER being a witch for Halloween?!)

As per tradition, we like to rummage through our closets to put together our costumes and hit up thrift stores to hunt for any missing elements. And then there’s a marathon of me lining everyone up to do their hair and makeup–my favorite part!

The Werewolf

Chris’s costume is an ordinary Tuesday before stuffing him with fur (we used pieces from when Greta was the Big Bad Wolf a few years ago for that. We stuffed his upper back and shoulders with dish towels and the fake (gross!) teeth were an absolute necessity. He was looking too friendly without them! Here are his pants, flannel top and shoes in case you’re looking for a nice fall outfit anyway!

The Witch

The only thing I bought for my costume were black lace cuffs and they made all the difference. The skirt I got at Gap a couple years ago (this one is almost identical), the blouse was a thrift find from my friend Corine and adding a belt made it especially classic witch. I used this crimper to do my hair and I just kept tousling it until it got bigger and bigger!

The Vampire

Greta’s costume we had the least for on hand. We found the red blouse and black shoes and vest at the thrift store and I purchased the cape from H&M to add to our costume closet. She loved wearing fake teeth and I gave her a sharp widow’s peak and black hair by making a V shape with some cardboard covering the rest of her face and going to town with black body/hair spray.


The Mummy

Faye’s costume didn’t come together exactly how it looked in my mind but she was happy with it nonetheless. I flipped a white sweatshirt she had inside out and layered two pairs of white tights for the bottom. I used cheese cloth and an old pillowcase cut into strips that I dyed with tea. I tied her all up in knots and then as soon as she started walking around, It started falling down her legs! So, I’m not sure what I’d do differently next time–maybe a stretchier fabric? She was very into the fake blood I put on her face.


Up until the day before, we had planned on Polly being the witch and I was going to be Frankenstein, but she really did NOT like wearing a witches hat and so we swapped and I am so happy we did. She made the CUTEST Frankenstein! I put elbow pads on her shoulders to bulk them up a bit and the pants (I cut), jacket and shoes we found at the thrift store. I turned a black t-shirt around for the base and found the frankenstein bolts and metal staples for her forehead at a costume store. They came with skin glue that worked perfectly and peeled off painlessly. I sprayed her wispy hair black and it stood up just right!

That wasn’t our only costume this year. We also had a trunk or treat for our church a couple nights ago and went as each other. It was the easiest costume to pull off and Chris played the part a little tooooo well. Ha!

Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

See last year’s family costume right here! 

What do you think?


    I’m speechless!! Those costumes are amazing! And the girls are so SO cute!!!

  2. Claudine says:

    The trunk or treat gets ups are hilarious! Really made me laugh. :) Polly really is the sweetest Franenstein…especially in the photo where she is smiling. Adorable little monster! Wonder job on all the outfits as usual!

  3. Joy says:

    You are so talented! I think everyone looks great.

  4. Linda Grubbs says:

    Great costumes! You all look terrific. The make up Julia…excellent!!!
    And I love that you are so resourceful as far as the main costume goes.

  5. Estelle Carlson says:

    Such great costumes and I love that you mostly use what you have on hand plus some thrifted things! Your family looks amazing!!

  6. Heather says:

    Polly…Polly!!! I just can’t take it. Thanks for making my Halloween.

  7. Brooke Bulalrd says:

    I LOVE Chris as Julia – too funny. Great job on the family costumes, as always.

  8. Noelle says:

    You all look AMAZING, but I just can’t with Polly….. cutest little Frankenstein EVER. Awesome job!

  9. Jen says:

    you guys look so great! do you by chance have a source for Chris’ shoes?

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