I love coming up with unique Halloween costumes. (Some of you may recall that last year Peanut was Joan Jett and Pumpkin was a Project Runway contestant in the unconventional challenge.) Luckily, you can put together unique Halloween costumes on the cheap. Sometimes, without ever leaving the house! Here are a few we have done, either for Halloween or dress-up days at school, and they couldn’t be easier.
The boy from The Giving Tree
This classic Shel Silverstein book is a must-have for any child’s library, and the costume only requires two things: red overalls and a green shirt.
My girls absolutely adore this book, and since the title character is a white dog, you can put a costume together with white pants, a white shirt, ears (we modified some Easter bunny ears that we already had) and a little bit of eyeliner or face paint to draw on the nose. Bonus if you have a big, yellow chair!
Pirate / Aerobics Instructor
Last year, the girls had a Halloween party to attend a few days before the holiday, and I didn’t want Pumpkin to ruin her paper dress, so we dug through closets for alternative costumes. Peanut ended up going as an aerobics instructor, wearing a leotard, tights and Baby Legs. Pumpkin went as a pirate. We already had the accessories (eye patch, cap and sword) and pulled it together with one of my white blouses and a scarf tied around her waist. A bandana could also have been used for the cap, along with a wrapping paper roll for a sword, a tin foil hook, or any number of alternatives.
This year, Houry Gebeshian became the first female gymnast to represent Armenia at the Olympics, so this was Pumpkin’s choice when it was dress like your favorite athlete day at school. She wore her gymnastics unitard and borrowed a friend’s soccer medal. I printed a number with the Olympic logo, laminated it and pinned it to her back. We already happen to have Armenian flags, so this was a snap!
Tell me about some of your favorite costumes! Did you make them or buy them?