Halloween on a budget

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

I am not a "crafty" person. I have, however, always been creative. I usually come up with great ideas, but they never turn out the way I envisioned - like the baby hat I knitted when I was pregnant that didn’t quite fit, or the cloud mobile that I made for my son’s nursery that is still missing a few stars. And don’t get me started on the failed vegan cake with coconut icing that just sort of melted off the cake into a big mess.

As much as I love pinterest and the cute little crafts I could make for my son, the idea of sewing his Halloween costume is daunting. Last year I decided I needed to come up with a Halloween costume with the least possible sewing/ crafting needed. And guess what- I freakin’ NAILED IT. And my son’s costume cost me about $5 bucks.

Here’s what I did:

First, I thought about how little time I had before halloween (8 days at this point) Yep, I’m a procrastinator. Did I want to fight the swarms of people in those pop-up Ricky’s or Halloween express store? NOPE.

Next, I tore through my son’s closet, looking for anything that struck me as starting point for an easy DIY costume. A few months earlier, a good friend and neighbor gave us a big box full of super cute T-shirts that I loved, one of which had a black and white striped pattern and a white swan. Immediately I had three ideas in my head. ONE: Jailbird. Turned the shirt inside out. I had pants in almost the exact same striped pattern. As a Musical Theatre NERD I then thought of Jean Val Jean from Les Miserables as I had done the show before… but then that’s a super obscure reference for most people so I stuck with Jailbird. Took a quick photo with Miles behind my baby gate which looked like a Jail. BAM. TWO: Strongman from the circus - I had seen a photo on pinterest of a baby with two black balloons joined together to look like a weight. I could do that. But then, I had ANOTHER idea - the shirt reminded me of France for some reason. I then thought, to do a ‘French painter’. Yes it’s a stereotype but HEY, what isn’t at Halloween right? It’s all in good fun. I ordered a beret on Amazon which arrived two days later, I already had a red scarf and a plastic painter’s palet. Painted a little mustache on- TA-DA!

I’m sorry, but this kid is adorable.

I just LOVE baby and toddler Halloween costumes. Here are a few of my favorites I've had the chance to photograph.

stay tuned for this year's costume!!!

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