I decided to really get into my kids Halloween costumes this year since they are old enough to request and appreciate the costumes. I actually made them pretty simple, but they look pretty complex. I loved watching their faces as they saw their dreams come to life. My son requested a ghost and my daughter requested a mermaid.
When I planned my son’s ghost costume I didn’t want to just make him a sheet that draped over him. I thought it would be hard to deal with in a seatbelt and running around Halloween night. Instead I decided to make him an artistic, abstract “Charles Dickens” inspired ghost. I made him a white long sleeved tee combined with white mismatched sweater pieces. I also added white netting pieces all over and hanging off. You can’t see it much under his giant ghosty cloak. Then I made him a pair of skinny white pants with more netting pieces on them. I didn’t want people to be able to tell if he was an old ghost or a young ghost or what time period he came from. Then I got him white shoes and a fake plastic chain to wrap around his neck and waist. I painted his face white and his eyes black. Luckily, his hair is so pale I don’t have to do anything to it. I think he looks amazing!
I hung a little battery tea light under his shirt so it looks like he has a glowing heart at night. He’s still going to have to wear layers underneath and maybe a white jacket to stay warm since Halloween is going to be pretty chilly this year. He might even have to wear gloves. I shredded the cloak and white netting pieces to make him extra scary. He loves being a scary at Halloween.
My daughter went through 50 ideas of what she wanted to be for Halloween before I made her choose just one. There were some pretty great ideas she went through that I’m sad she didn’t choose. (She almost chose Te Ka, and it would’ve been awesome!) Anyway, once she saw the fish scale fabric and the coordinating sequin fabric she was able to decide. She sounds like me, letting the fabric guide my decision. She wanted to be just like Ariel, but I knew it’d be cold so she needed coverage. I made a sequin tee with a tiny tulle edge on the hem, and a fish scale skirt with a puffy, tulle mermaid tail. The top of the skirt is a fitted pencil skirt and the tail poofs out at the bottom. The front of the skirt is long to mimic the tale, but the back of the skirt is cut up above her knees so she can still run.
She’ll have to wear layers underneath to stay warm and maybe even a jacket over top. I love that the skirt hides her shoes and she can wear any warm shoes underneath. I hot glued shells to clips for her hair, and I glued shells around a battery tea light with a ribbon attached so it looks like her voice is glowing inside.