halloween costumes

i must say, it kinda killed me that i didn’t make my kids costumes entirely this year.

it was a tradition i always grew up with – my mom made the most amazing, intricate costumes, so i’ve tried to carry that on over the years.

i thought last year would be the last year i could be “influential” on my kids’ costume choices, but once i gave them free reign they couldn’t decide.

so i suggested lily be a flapper because she had the perfect haircut for it, then gracie wanted to join in, too.  i was going to make them simple sheath dresses covered in rows of fringe, but at about $6 a yard, it was going to be too expensive for 2 dresses.  then i found the perfect dresses at walmart for $17, and fishnet tights for $3, so it was an easy decision.

it was easy convincing silas he HAD to be a monkey.  because he IS a monkey.

i bought a polar fleece sweatsuit from target for about $15, then got some tan and dark brown felt.  i cut an oval for the belly, cut it up the middle for the zipper, and HOT GLUED it on!

for the ears i cut out 2 layers of dark brown fleece, and one piece of tan for each ear.

i glued all 3 pieces together, but left the bottom inch unglued (where i left it open in the pic).  then i positioned the ears on the sides of the hood and hot glued the 2 flaps down so the ears would stick straight out.

this is what a post-nap monkey looks like… awwww!

then i took a cat tail from a previous costume, wrapped it in brown felt, and glued it to the back of his sweatshirt.

then i started snapping individual pics of the kids.

and lily wouldn’t stop!

all this from the girl who refused to take her kindergarten school pics because she was “feeling shy”.


then gracie had to get in on the attention.

clearly, she’s camera shy as well ;)

love love love these silly shots of my kids!


  1. 1

    Ooh, they are look so gorgeous, well done on the costumes. I always loved being a flapper and still do. Have a happy halloween.

    Amber x

  2. 2

    Too cute! LOVE the monkey costume and those little flappers are too cute!

    peace. love. create.

  3. 3

    these pictures made my day. so much fun.

  4. 4

    I always tell my co-workers how adorable your kids are and so I had to show off this post too! I love me some Silas – what a cutie! And all of them have the most gorgeous eyes!

  5. 5

    soooooo adorable :]

    Nester would be proud of your hot glue skillz.

  6. 6

    Ooh, they are all so cute!!! Lovely kids!!

  7. 7

    No homemade costumes for us this year and like you, it is a little painful. The kids have usually been historical figures, which has been wonderful as we’ve used them for many an assembly at school. My eldest no longer tricks, just treats, and my youngest wanted to be an escaped prisoner. What??? Okay, with much regret I gave in, better now than later:)

    Your children look terrific… have a safe and fun Halloween!

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    thethriftyba says:

    i love how your girls are so afraid of the camera…

  9. 9

    They all look great (and are such good looking kids!!)

    I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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  11. 11

    how adorable!!! i’m totally with ya on the handmade costume thing. they always seen cuter for some reason, but these flapper costumes are awesome!! i saw some similar in red at target and wanted to get one for myself :) happy halloween!!

  12. 12

    Oh these are so cute! I love the flapper costumes!

    Just Better Together

  13. 13

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! You’re kids are CUTE!

  14. 14

    Oooops. Wrong “you’re.” Should have been “your.” I know better…I guess I was just wowed by the cuteness. : )

  15. 15

    Very cute! Your children are just precious! =)

  16. 16

    Love the costumes. They are all three adorable. I made my girls matching Indian girl costumes one year. I think that was my favorite.

  17. 17

    so darn cute!!!! great job on all… have fun trick or treating :)

  18. 18

    Absolutely adorable. I have mad costumes, pieced together costumes and bought costumes. I love the ones I make, but my kids don’t care either way. They just want to have fun! You did great!

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    what a fun fun fun post! I love the costumes and your kiddos look like such fun :)gina

  20. 20

    They look adorable!

  21. 21

    Hilarious and cute! The little girl I nanny was a flapper girl, too, this year for Halloween. And her outfit was very similar to your little girls’.

  22. 22

    Adorable! Your Lily reminds me of my 5-year-old daughter Siri.

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    Your children are adorable! Love the costumes! We do Trick or Treating tommorow and I bought an alien costume for my son at Walmart also. I bought the make up to paint an alien face though as he will never keep the mask on for more than 30 seconds…those things are such a waste…you can’t see or breath out of them effectively, so why do they even bother!?

  24. 24

    I love their flapper dresses!! And what a sweet little monkey :)

  25. 25

    So VERY cute! They are just adorable. I wish my kids had wanted to be something cute this year!!! You have a beautiful family.

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    Can’t believe you found those dresses at Wal-Mart! The girls are gorgeous and your little monkey is a cutie. One of my boys is going to be a monkey too.

  27. 27

    they are ADORABLE!! all 3!

  28. 28

    Those pictures are absolutely priceless!! So, so cute! :)

  29. 29

    They are all so cute! The girl’s costumes are awsome, I love the way they fit and how the girls make pretty funny faces. This year I didn’t make the costumes and I’m sorry…

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