Ode to a Halloween Costume
Halloween, Halloween how do I love thee?
Costumes, costumes how do thee pain me?
What to be? Where to find thee?
And when I finally find thee, how pricey will thee be?
Alas, we agree and the frightful day is neigh
Wait what’s this your final choice you now deny?
Do you feel this way about Halloween costumes? So much fun wrapped up in so much stress. Me too, so here’s a quick fix: sweatsuits! That’s right! Pick up a good, old-fashioned track suit in any color and there’s guaranteed to be a “simplish” costume in your future. Here’s a few I or my friends have tried:
Pinned three boas to a black sweatshirt and pulled some dishwashing gloves over the shoes.
Bonus same black sweatsuit, with a hole cut to blow out the belly and ears added to the hood.
Pig (or Three Little Pigs)
Onesies are basically baby sweatsuits. This costume would have taken 10 minutes, but I had to do it three times.
Big (not so bad) Wolf
Admittedly, I bought the grey sweats and the wolf hat, but you saw the three pigs, right?
Gum on the Bottom of a Shoe
Kid costumes are PJs, but the adult costumes are sweatsuits made boney with freezer paper and fabric paint.
Three Amigos (or Mariachi musician)
Amigos needed red sashes, sombreros, and lots of silver puffy paint.
As with most things, Pinterest is choc-a-block full of additional ideas. So grab your hot glue gun, some felt, and get your costume on (literally, these ideas are so great, why let the kiddos have all the fun?).
- Shark, or for a group, Shark Week
- Scuba diver
- Care Bears
- Elmo or Cookie Monster
- Stick figure
- Cloudy & chance of rain
- Max from Where the Wild Things Are
- Corn on the cob
- Ninja Turtles
- Angry Birds
- Fried egg
- Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and 2
Extra bonus, if you don’t attach anything permanently you can wear the sweatsuit later or use it for another costume.
Happy Trick or Treating!