Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009!

Our 2009 Costume Report:


Found a thick knit ski cap at the thrift store. Found different-sized snakes at toy stores in the area and wove them through the cap. Love how the headpiece turned out, but didn't love the rest of the costume — I want a redo on this one. Oscar went back and forth on this costume for weeks. He was pretty sure he was actually going to be able to turn people to stone once he had the costume on — and that was stressing him out. Also. He had no issues that Medusa is a girl. In fact, for awhile he was trying to talk Ralph and Maude into being the Gorgon Sisters with him. (His current favorite book is Greece! Rome! Monsters!)

Raggedy Anne.
Found the dress at a thrift store and added the apron. Made the wig by attaching red yard to a red knit snow cap. This was my first attempt at making a wig. Not bad. Tights from the costume store. Ordered bloomers from Amazon, but when they arrived they were too silky and looked like lingerie. So we skipped them. I love classic costumes like this.

Oompa Loompa.
Found brown turtleneck at the thrift store. Gathered some white karate pants from our dressup box at the knee for the knickers. Ordered the wig, suspenders and socks from Amazon. The wig had to be trimmed and styled a bit, but it works. Ralph has performed the Thriller dance twice in this costume (at the school dance and at the church party) — I'm glad he can move easily in it.

Mary Poppins.
Made adjustments to a skirt and blazer found at a thrift shop. Attached bird to shoulder with a safety pin. The more I stared at the details in photos of Mary Poppins, the more I felt like we were missing the mark here. But. Olive loved this costume. And. She won best costume at the Trunk-or-Treat parade — so who knows?

Bought a leotard at Target and recycled witch and tutu accessories from past years. It was very important to Betty that everyone was informed she was a nice witch. Also. Sometimes she'd call herself a princess witch. She loves this costume, but I bet she'd love it even more if it was pink.

Mom, you can find a million more photos of this year's (and last year's) costumes here. Oh! And don't miss my sister's spooky ghost photos here.

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Anonymous dalene said...

So much fun--Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chookooloonks said...

Lovely! But where's the belly costume? ;)

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...


Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melissa {is•ly} said...

Happy Halloween!

Those costumes are fabulous, the raggedy ann is my favorite! Recycling costumes is such a life-saver.

My mom let me use a clown costume she made for me when I was 18mo for my little girl. Penelope looked so cute in it! I posted pictures here:

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:29:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Love, love, love the Mary Poppins costume. Good job, Mom!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Vintagesquirrel said...

Fabulous costumes...So creative & frugal. Love, love the Mary Poppins one! Wishing you a safe & happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 2:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger joseph said...

Great. Happy Holidays

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 2:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger This is Carrie said...

Great costumes! And way to go on all the good thrift store finds and reuses. Awesome! My 4 yr old was Mary Poppins this year too, but the white, frilly dress one.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 3:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger christa elyce said...

those are darling photos of the kids! ooo you'd love my baby's musketeer outfit! pics later tonight at

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 4:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Cuties!! Congrats Mary Poppins!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger nicole said...

amazingly wonderful creative costumes...just what dressing up is all about.

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 5:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger {april kennedy} said...

Those are ALL amazing! I love the Mary Poppins.

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 5:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Chloe said...

I love that you liberally used the thrift stores for your costumes - way to go! Love them all - you did a great job!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 6:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mi said...

All the kids and the costumes are so cute!!!


Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 6:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Peter said...

HI Everyone! Be sure to entry our Little Halloween Costume Contest! Deadline Nov. 4th.. winner gets a $50 amazon gift card!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 7:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cissy said...

My daughter is always a variation on a princess...last year was a princess witch similar to yours, the year before was ballerina princess. This year is princess with a bridal veil. Always easier to create a costume when I can reuse some of her old things.

(PS. I want to be Mary Poppins every year, but by the time I get the kids done, I'm done for.)

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 7:34:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin k said...

Beautiful children, beautiful costumes! Happy Halloween, Blairs!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 7:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mj said...

Awesome costumes--good job!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 9:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Terresa said...

hot dang, these costumes rock! I know where I'll be going next yr for costume ideas...this blog!!

PS: the snakes take the cake!

Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:58:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Love, love, love your kids costumes! My kids went as: Cruella De Ville, Jasper Badun, and Lottie Dalmatian. Happy Hallowe'en!

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 12:56:00 AM EDT  
Blogger mrs boo radley said...

They're all so fabulous! But Poppins and Medusa really got my attention!

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 1:22:00 AM EST  
Anonymous chelsea said...

so great! i remember being raggedy ann one year! love the mary poppins costume!

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 5:53:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Courtney said...

I love these! This is exactly the way I do it, a mix of thrifted, made and purchased items. I think it gives a unique look without the total stress of sewing everything from scratch. Check out mine if you get a chance. Elliot is up on my blog already, Lucie will be today or tomorrow, but there is one photo of her on my flickr (she's Ponyo).

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 9:53:00 AM EST  
Blogger Mom in Mendon said...

Thanks, Gab. LOVE THEM ALL! Good work. XOXOX

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 12:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger naomi said...

i love your take on the mary poppins! i went as her two years ago, and i'm pretty sure i had that same umbrella (h&m?) to go along with!
the kids all look adorable. i may have to try medusa one year.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 12:58:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Love the costumes. Very creative. I had fun dressing the lil' ones up too.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 4:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger N. Tipps said...

Great, original costumes! Thanks for the ideas for next year.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 5:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Courtney said...

Bravo! You are so resourceful!

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 8:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jules said...

Awesome! I love the Oompa Loompa! My husband and I were Mary Poppins and Bert this year! It was one of the cheapest costumes we've ever done, but one of the best! It's on our blog

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 9:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sara said...

I could tell you every day how much you rock and how inspiring you are...but I settle for just once in a while.

LOVE these costumes! I myself was Medusa, but the hat idea is way superior to the dumb rubber headpiece I borrowed from a friend. Maybe I can get my daughter to be Medusa in a few years.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 9:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger Autumn said...

fabulous! I've always wanted to be Medusa. Great way to do it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 10:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Val said...

Love the Raggedy Ann. My Mom made the same wig for my Raggedy Ann costume when I was your daughters age. Halloween 1974.

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:35:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer James said...

Oh my gosh -- the most adorable children and creative costumes -- ever! I have no idea how you do it!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 7:36:00 AM EST  
Blogger Sarah Bradley said...

Great costumes! You are so creative!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 9:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Audrey said...

My 2 year old was also Mary Poppins!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica Benitez said...

love them all. my 15 month old daughter was an oompa loompa. love it! i think i'll borrow the Medusa idea for next year! well done

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger henzy said...

great costumes.. everyone looks fantastic. The hat with the snakes is ingenious.

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger julia said...

super cute. love all the details.

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 3:36:00 PM EST  
Blogger Laura said...

all of them are awesome! Halloween is slowly catching on here in Germany.... We got a few trick-or-treaters and one bunch serenaded us with a song and another did a rhyme for us!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 3:52:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Polarn O. Pyret said...

These are adorable costumes! Love the Oompa Loompa and of course Mary Poppins is a fav. With that red wig you're set for Pippi next year!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger LJ said...

Galinda (Glinda) was a good witch that wore PINK! What my grandma did for my cousin who always wanted to dress up super fancy (e.g., good witch, princess) was to clear out the prom and bridesmaid dresses at the thrift stores and then alter them to the little kid size (think elastic, velcro instead of zippers and knocking off 20" of material from the bottoms).

My newborn (2 wks old) was a candy corn this year. Remnant fleece from the bargain bin and I have enough left over for a whole nother costume!

I'm loving your Raggedy Ann - hmmmm...maybe next year for my little girl...never to early to start planning....

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger 3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

The kids are SO cute and what awesome costume ideas! You're so creative!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 8:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Leigh said...

All of these are just fantastically awesome!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10:33:00 PM EST  
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Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:42:00 PM EST  
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 5:55:00 AM EST  
Blogger Natalie said...

I LOVE these costumes! So creative and simple and all about the kids. I'm inspired for next year.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 1:26:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Katherine Center said...

So good! So, so good!!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009 at 12:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger Wimzie Prints said...

So creative!

Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 1:41:00 AM EST  
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Monday, November 23, 2009 at 1:50:00 AM EST  

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