Homemade Halloween Costume Tutorial (or, Being Stupid so You Don’t Have To)

November 18th, 2010

For years, I’ve lamented that my kids only want store-bought, trademarked, licensed character costumes instead of a homemade halloween costume. But last year, I persuaded my middle son that we (meaning, I) could pull together a Ghostbuster outfit from scratch that would look just as cool as the one he’d earmarked in the catalog.

Dear last year Kyran: stop, you idiot. Think for a minute where this will inevitably lead.

Now the bar has been raised, and my son thinks I am a one-woman Industrial Light and Magic Show.

This year’s costume was quite a bit more complicated than wrapping a couple of milk jugs in duct tape. But the way his eyes lit up when he spotted this space alien, I just couldn’t say no, anything that involves constructing a harness is beyond both the bounds of reason and Mommy’s technical ability.

And then, because my brain is against me, it spotted a cute gnome costume idea for my six-year-old, which I assured him would cause people to empty their entire store of Halloween treats into his open bag.

Thank God, my sixth-grader wanted to be hippie. We’d just go to the thrift store for that one.

We shopped for supplies on Thursday and Friday after school, and I got started with construction on Saturday. The gnome costume went together relatively easily.

The space alien, not so much. It was assembled over two days, and at first, I thought I would photo-document each step and publish it as a tutorial, proving that I, too, can be one of those cute crafty bloggers.

STEP ONE: CONSTRUCT THE HARNESS

STEP TWO: ATTACH STYROFOAM HEAD FORM

STEPS THREE, FOUR, FIVE AND SIX: DO A BUNCH MORE STUFF

STEP SEVEN: PUT FINISHED COSTUME ON CHILD 20 MINUTES AFTER FIRST HALLOWEEN PARTY OF THE DAY HAS ALREADY STARTED.

STEP EIGHT: POUR LARGE DRINK OF SPICED RUM WHEN CHILD REMOVES COSTUME TEN MINUTES INTO PARTY.

STEP NINE: GET CHILD BACK INTO COSTUME AND GO TO SECOND HALLOWEEN PARTY.

STEP TEN: YOU ARE VERY TIRED. MAYBE DON’T HAVE SO MANY DRINKS.

ALSO: STORE-BOUGHT COSTUMES. LOOK INTO IT.

11 Responses to “Homemade Halloween Costume Tutorial (or, Being Stupid so You Don’t Have To)”

  1. daysgoby says:

    This is WONDERFUL.

  2. Amy B. says:

    Making costumes from scratch for the boys this year was just about the most fun we’ve had as a family in a long time. I loved it. But I only did it because we were broke and couldn’t afford the ease of store-bought. Is it OK to love having money more than I love having fun with my kids? Probably not. Forget I said it.

  3. Susan says:

    If we could “like” comments here like we do on Facebook, I’d be clicking Amy B-Hole’s like button.

    Wait, that sounded dirty.

  4. Sheila says:

    I just discovered your blog today and I LOVE IT. And, I’m going to pre-order your book. I don’t want to be all “omg…we’re on the same wave-length and all” because that’s just creepy but…I thought you might relate to my Halloween blog — maybe just a smidge…

    http://justthesimplethings.com/?m=201010

  5. Adrienne says:

    I convinced my 7 year old to be a “mad scientist”….which consisted of a old ladies white wig (slightly smelly), cutting the sleeves down on my husbands-ring-around-the collared white dress shirt and one of those eyebrow-glasses-nose-and moustache combinations we had kicking around from the dollar store. He looked fabulously like Albert Einstein and rocked that costume. The plastic rat safety pinned to the shoulder made it just Halloween-y enough. Perfection for zero dollars!

  6. Mariellen says:

    What’s with the ‘you are tired, maybe not so many drinks’ idea?? Making that costume would have wiped me out competely. Please pass me the glass to your left?

  7. marilee pittman says:

    What fun! love the costumes….

  8. Bev says:

    You really rock the costume thing!

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  10. Peter says:

    Wow – really great and creative costumes! Nice work.

    In case you (or any of your readers) are interested, there is a creative costume contest over at http://www.halloweenhero.com/costume-contest-2013.html – and the grand prize is $250. You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be a unique costume.

    Keep the clever costume ideas coming – it’s almost Halloween!

    Best,
    Peter

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