At the risk of spoiling the surprise on Halloween, I wanted to share my girls’ costumes for this year because they were both super easy and inexpensive.
I’m not sure where I got it in my head that I wanted Peanut to be Joan Jett, but once I had the idea, it stuck. I found some inspiration on Pinterest, and went shopping at a second-hand store. She already had black leggings and a white tank top, so I was looking for black converse, a leather jacket and sunglasses – and I found it all at one spot! I also found a necklace in my jewelry box that could double as a choker on Peanut once I took the charm off (only when supervised, of course!)
Peanut went shopping with me and loved the leather jacket in the store. She never put it on again. Way to personify the rebel Joan Jett, Peanut!
As for Pumpkin, I had been trying – unsuccessfully – to talk her into being Frida Kahlo for Halloween for months (maybe next year). The day after we watched the Project Runway unconventional challenge episode, we were playing around making her a shirt with old Christmas cards I’d stashed away for craft projects when Mr. G suggested a Project Runway costume for Halloween. She loved the idea! Instead of using the Christmas cards, we opted for newspaper and black scrapbook paper.
I didn’t actually have to buy anything, and it didn’t take much time to fold pleats into the newspaper and cut the top. On the back, I punched holes down each side and strung ribbon corset style to get the right fit. When it’s time for trick-or-treating, I will add straps to the top and make a couple other minor adjustments, but I’m overall happy with it and Pumpkin said she felt like a princess!