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!
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 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!
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.
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!!
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