First up: Did you guess Ash Ketchum? From Pokemon.
He REALLY wanted to be Ash this year - talked about it all year in fact.
I REALLY wanted him to be a pirate or knight or something not so... cartoon-y. But that's what's kind of magic about Halloween. Making dreams come true through craftiness. And my mom never said 'no' to our costume ideas, no matter how weird they were.
Anyway it was pretty easy. All I had to make was the jacket and paint the hat. Not too bad.
Oh, and the backpack. Inside are his pokemon cards.
For the jacket I thrifted a white polo shirt (a couple sizes big for him), and cut off the sleeves and collar. I used the rest of the shirt as a vague pattern and cut out the fronts and back from blue fleece and then attached the sleeves and collar to it. Nearly miraculously, it worked just how I thought it would and I had no problem setting in the sleeves! Wahoo!
I really thought that was a pretty good idea.
Also we I ended up hot-gluing the gym badges to a small piece of fleece and tacking that inside the jacket. Because apparently, Ash keeps his badges there (the first season, anyway - later seasons he has a badge box? So they tell me).
The hat was found at the craft store, and I painted it with fabric paint. Easy.
He is so stoked about his costume.
Thomas really wanted to be a knight. He plays with playmobil knights a lot, so that's probably why. My mom had made dressup tunics and such for them a few years ago, and if you add in some sweats - well, there you go, really.
But I felt bad making so many things for the other kids' costumes and none for his, so I got some shiny (slightly chain-mail looking) fabric to make a quick tunic, crown, and armbands for him. Just to snazz it up a little.
Wonky bootcovers are from last year. Stupid things. Never again.
He's very happy with his costume, as easy as it was, and is already planning next year's. He says 'Train Engineer', but I'm trying to talk all three into being the Three Amigos (If the village of Santa Poco can make those costumes, so can I). So far they've said maybe, but Monkey says he will NOT sing the Buttercup song. Darn it.
And then there's the girl. A faerie. She didn't care what kind of faerie, just wanted to be one. Put artistic control totally in my hands (Mwaa ha ha!).
We started with a yard sale dress, cut it up, and hot-glued some dollar-store autumny flowers to it (neckline and hem). Then we made a tutu-ish skirt for under and a leaf garland (with bits of tulle) for around her shoulder. Flowers and leaves attached to elastic is the headdress.
But the real story is the wings, I think.
I was SO excited when these turned out! I saw the idea online, but didn't follow directions exactly as they did. Basically it's craft wire sandwiched between two layers of cellophane, ironed and trimmed.
For hair we went with the bedhead look + random yarn braided in...
Now what are your kids being for Halloween? I'd love to see!