Halloween Time Means Custom Costumes

Since my children were little I have been wanting to make them Halloween costumes every year like my mother made for me. When I came up with this plan I can no sewing machine and hadn’t sewn since home ec. (does this term makes me sound old?) in high school! Now I am no seamstress. In fact the first thing I had sewn was a Halloween costume for my children. But with some tips, tricks and encouragement from my talented mother and mother-in-law I have learned a TON and have successfully created some beautiful costumes over the years. Here is a look at some of the costumes I have created over the years. 


Year One (2014) – My Mom did a LOT of sewing for this one and I mostly cut and watched. But this bow peep and sheet turned out to be SUPER cute and one of my favorites of all time! I should also note my mom made my brother a matching costume that year! It was just marvelous. 


Year Two (2015)– This year I made the costumes mostly on my own. My mother helped give me a guideline to make the Elmo and Cookie Monster hats. This year I didn’t really use a pattern and came up with the concepts on my own. It was super fun to create these costumes and still one of my favorites of all time!


Year Three (2016) – This year I made Noli’s ladybug using a pattern but the rest of the costumes I made on my own. The caterpillar turned out to be super cute and I was really pleasantly surprised that I was able to get the arms and hands to work – thanks to my husband’s ingenious plan!


Year Four (2017) – This year the girls went classic with their costumes. Again I used a pattern for Noli’s but I free handed Vivian’s costume and it turned out to be super cute. The bat this year is one of my favorites! I also made some friends costumes as well and they were quite adorable!


Year Five (2018) – This year the girls picked a great theme of Wizard of Oz. I was super excited and a little daunted at the prospect of creating such extravagant costumes. I got a pattern for all of the dresses and was pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out. The Glinda crown was one of my favorite parts in addition to all of the details on the Wicked Witch’s dress. I really love these costumes. 


This Year, Year Six (2019) – The girls have left the themes behind and have chosen to go rogue. I tried to gently fight it – but ultimately it really isn’t about what I want. It’s about make believe. So I let the girls choose who they wanted to be. I was able to find a pattern for each girl and was able to make them some awesome costumes. I had to improvise with Vivian’s corset a little bit  – but I am really thrilled with how every costume turned out. Also the Jasmine costume I made for my friends daughter also had to be improvised because her stomach needed to show – duh! I am really excited about these costumes this year and can’t wait to see what they come up with next. 

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays. It is so fun to watch people’s imaginations come alive. Especially some of the darker sides that you wouldn’t normally see. It has been so fun helping the girls’ visions come alive with what they want to be for Halloween. I can’t wait to see what future years hold for their costumes. Especially because I know that there are only a few years of costume making – I want to take advantage while I can. What are your children going to be for Halloween this year? 

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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