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a homemade halloween

I was asking my son C last night as I tucked him into bed which holiday is better: Christmas or Halloween? Such a tough choice for a kid. Halloween was always second to Christmas in my book, but not by much.

Now that I have children of my own, I love coming up with their costumes each year. Like my mom did when I was little, I try to find things we already have around the house that can be transformed into costumes. Or if we do buy something, I try to make it something we can use after Halloween. Here are a few of our costumes over the years.

2004: tiny blazer + red ribbon shaped into a bow tie + doll wig = ventriloquist dummy


2005: C: long sleeved onesie + white tights + white bonnet + felt wings = Hedwig the owl

Dad: black graduation robe (he'd just gotten his master's degree) + Hogwarts sticker = Harry Potter


2006: C: brown long sleeved pajamas + brown hat + brown sock tail = Curious George

Bee: white long sleeved onsesie + yellow felt + Chiquita sticker = banana

Dad: yellow shirt + yellow pants + very tall yellow hat = the man in the yellow hat


2007: C: green long sleeved pajamas + green felt hat = Peter Pan

Bee: borrowed costume + homemade wings = Tinkerbell

Dad: red velvet pants + white ruffled shirt + long coat + black wig = Captain Hook


2008: Bee: denim skirt + blue shirt + white tights + cape = Super Bee

C: blue pants + red shirt + cape = Super C


We'll share 2009's costumes tomorrow! We've got too much going on today between cookie decorating, pumpkin carving, soccer games, and trick-or-treating with the cousins. Happy Halloween!

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What - doesn't Dad get in the spirit anymore? I really loved the Whole Gang dress ups. Very very creative.

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizAndrsn

your costumes rock..... so inspiring.

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterABby

Sooooo cute! Love the supers!

tough to choose a favorite! very fun!! have a great weekend!

10.31.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

All the cousins are going trick-or-treating together? You guys are killing me! I'm still partial to C as Hedwig. He looks so chubby and soft.

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterApes

I love that you coordinate the whole family's costumes! But what about you, do you dress up too?

And that Hedwig costume is brilliant, I love it!

10.31.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdomestikate

I would choose Halloween as my favorite if I was one of your children. The costumes are amazing. I'd seen that dummy one floating around Tumblr/Blogland but didn't know it was your idea. Brilliant.

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

i love these ideas-very thoughtful !

10.31.2009 | Unregistered Commentersteph

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ventriloquist dummy. That is the cutest/funniest thing I have ever seen. LOVE it!

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

What great costumes!

10.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

so great!! maybe if i was talented at making costumes, i'd like halloween more:) hope you had a happy one!!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

These are so wonderful and really what Hallowe'en is all about - transforming what you have/are to be something different and magical! The kids so look proud to be wearing your creations!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Brooke, I love you.

Wonderful costumes! Happy Halloween!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTorie Jayne

I LOVE it!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterL

I love the coordinating costumes! My hubby and I don't have children yet but have planned out a few coordinating costumes already and your photos have inspired me further. How fun. I hope you had a great Halloween!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Gray

too cute!

11.1.2009 | Unregistered Commenterleni

I love looking back at what we all were for Halloween - especially as we often do a "family theme." I made a snapfish photobook last year of all our Halloween costumes over the past 10 years. I keep it with our Halloween books. The kids LOVE it. It's fun for all of us to look through the costumes they've had in the past. Definitely something I'm going to repeat (maybe every 5 years?)

11.2.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTania

you are amazingly creative; I can't get over these outfits!

11.2.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I can't get over the ventriloquist dummy, that is hilarious. My hubby and I were at a football game for Halloween, so we didn't see many kids costumes. Thank you for helping me get my fix & for cracking me up.

11.5.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

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