Each of the kids chose their costumes from our theme (which is how we get our older ones to participate with us – they still feel like they have an option). I even tried really hard to use my powers of persuasion and failed. How can you have Dr. Seuss without I am Sam?? And the Lorax? I’m not even sure how Cannon knows the Lorax but he was determined.
Here’s the details of how we pulled off the costumes. I found an awesome website primary.com – they basically have every color of the rainbow in shirts and pants which is convenient when planning costumes. Hallie’s shirt is from primary.com, she made her skirt, tights were from Amazon and are an adult size (she had friends buy the kid size and they were ridiculously small) and the shirt emblem was from Spirit Halloween. She dressed up with 4 friends and they were darling.
Hunter was the first one to choose his costume. He wanted to be cat in the hat and there was no talking him out of it even when Steve wanted to be the same thing. This is the perfect character for him – completely fun and a little mischievous!
Hunter has been begging for one piece pajamas – this costume was the perfect opportunity. His union suit is from Amazon and he is excited to wear it after Halloween. We bought a piece of white fur and safety pinned it on. The bow tie is from Spirit Halloween and I would’ve purchased the hat from there as well but the quality was so poor I couldn’t bring myself to buy it – it was that bad. I found a pattern (McCalls 7675) and made the hat.
When Bennett found out Hunter was getting one piece pajamas – he too insisted his costume have a one piece. Luckily I found it in black as well as red. His union suit was also from Amazon. We were going to make him a headband with ears but he found this fox hat and matching tail at Spirit Halloween. We also safety pinned a piece of fur to his chest. I made him some blue gloves and socks.
Cannon wanted to be the Lorax and I tried so hard to talk him out of it. (a red fish with Briggs or I am Sam was what I was pulling for) First of all – I found a Lorax costume on eBay (Pottery Barn Kids from last year) but they wanted $80. That was not going to happen. I tried finding a one piece orange suit. Which was unsuccessful. So I had to make it – for a character I don’t even care for!
I used the same pattern from Hunter’s hat (McCalls 7675) for the suit and hood. Then made the mustache out of a yellow feather boa. The mustache was supposed to sit on his face but within 10 seconds of putting it on he was crying because the feathers were bothering him. Then he didn’t want the mustache at all – which wasn’t going to work because then he would just be an orange jumpsuit. This was the compromise. He wore it like that all night Saturday and Halloween. Since Hunter and Bennett were sleeping in their Halloween costumes – Cannon too insisted sleeping in this (minus the hat and mustache). He just found his new favorite pajamas!
Briggs had the easiest costume – eBay (pottery barn kids last year). I bought his top and bottom from Primary.com when I bought Hallie’s shirt. The day his costume arrived in the mail – I put it on him and he was immediately in tears. I did this a couple days in a row and by the time Saturday rolled around for our Trunk or Treat he had absolutely no problem keeping the costume (including the hat) on all night, including Halloween night. And for the record – he was completely happy and pleasant both nights without being clingy to Steve or myself – I’m pretty sure the fish suit has healing properties!
Steve’s costume was the most fun to make and was the last one I worked on. Up until a week before, Steve hadn’t settled on his character. Grinch or I am Sam. He let me pull the trigger and I chose well – he was the perfect Grinch.
The mask and green fur were both from Amazon – thank you two day shipping! We took an old white long sleeve shirt and adorned it with ribbon, felt and jingle bells using fabric glue – no sewing involved.
I made a green fur hood (using his sweatshirt as a pattern), gloves, and leg warmers (safety pinned to the bottom of his pants). This fur is extremely difficult to work with because it sheds everywhere. My laundry room looks like the Grinch murder scene!
With Steve as the Grinch – naturally I was going to be Cindy Lou Who. I already had the black dress so my costume was mostly complete. I made a fur trimmed cape and bought some polka dot leggings on Amazon. The last step was tackling my hair. There is a red solo cup in all that hair with pony tails holding it together. It was surprisingly easy and didn’t give me headache – the only issue was trying to get in and out of my car. It’s not easy being a Who!
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