costumes, Family, halloween, Holiday


October 2, 2014
I kind of love Halloween, and get WAY too excited each year planning out our family costumes.  I dread the day my boys are too cool to dress up with us.  So, for now its family themed costumes all the way!  Last year we went for the classic Halloween look, and embraced our inner monster!
Read all about the DIY’s for each costume after the jump.

Frankenstein Costume:

I have to say with Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein it is all about the makeup and hair!  The clothes are the easiest parts!
The Frankenstein makeup was just a lot of green, black and getting crazy, but there are some great tutorials of frankenstein makeup on you tube.
Here is one we really liked…

Now onto the clothes.
We went to goodwill and got a pair of green dress pants and suit top.
 Cut the sleeves of the coat just below the elbow.  Cut a jagged edge.
Wash the jacket so that the lining gets frayed and looks ragged, and washing a suit top really messes it up (make sure you do hang dry though).  Which is exactly what you want.
 Sew a small patch onto the arm.
For the broad shoulder look, we stuffed some wash cloth towels up by his shoulders.
Cut the bottom of the pants at the shins in a jagged messy cut.  Sew on some patches as well.
Lastly get a black shirt or turn an old black shirt inside out.
Bride of Frankenstein 
The best part about this costume is the hair, it is my FAVORITE!  I loved that it was my own hair and not a wig.
This girl and her AWESOME video tutorials, for hair and makeup, are simply perfect!


I bought a vintage wedding dress from goodwill and it worked out great!
Kids Mummy Costume:
After tons of searching I found this video and it is my favorite mummy look!!  It is super super simple, which is ALWAYS great!
A couple things I did differently than the video…
I dyed the fabric, white tights AND turtle neck.  I just wanted them to all be the same color.
I used some safety pins to secure certain pieces so he wouldn’t completely unravel throughout the night.
Also, for my dye mixture I used some coffee grounds and black acrylic paint in warm water.

and lastly
Baby Bat Costume
Black long sleeve Onesie
Black Felt
Grey Felt
Black knit fabric
Cute stripped leg warmers
Lay out the onesie.  Measure and cut out wing shapes.
With white thread, sew a thick stitch onto the wings, outlining where you drew the chalk.  This is just for decoration.
Hand sew the wings into the under arms and body of the onesie.
Next was seriously the hardest part of all the costumes.  It is mostly because I don’t really know how to sew ha ha.  But, you need to make a pilot style hat.  I found this tutorial here and it was perfect!  I did make like 4 of these things, because I kept screwing up, but I did succeed on my last try.  Next, cut some ears out of black felt.  I cut out two pieces for each ear, so they would be stiff. Sew them together.  Cut out smaller grey ear pieces for the inside of the ear.  Sew those on.  Then sew onto the cap.  I pinched the bottom of each ear so they had a slight fold inward.
And you are done!!  Basically You Tube rocks my word when it comes to Halloween time!

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  • Bettina

    I totally love your costumes!

  • Jessica Edwards George

    How much fabric did you need for the mummy costume? How much coffee grounds and
    paint in the water? Love it!

    • Hi Jessica :) It wasn’t very much I think about 1 1/2 yards?. But my son was only 3 so I think it just depends on how tall or what age. But I think its always better to have more fabric than less. And with the coffee grounds and paint I just added as I went. At first I did just a few drops of paint and about a 1/4 cup of coffee grounds. But you can keep taking the fabric out of the water and can add more of whatever to get the desired look. Good luck!! When he wore that costume he got soooooo many compliments!! he was so proud ha ha

      • Jessica Edwards George

        Thank you so much for the tips!

  • Awe thanks Sabine! Totally!

  • Gabriella Mosley-Kashmiry

    The link to the Frankenstein makeup isn’t working :(