How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

To say I love Halloween would be a gross understatement.

I was born only a few hours shy of the holiday, which is reason enough to love it. But, there’s something so magical about getting to pretend to be someone or something else for a day— which is probably why I spent a good 8+ years doing theatre as well.

But while I’ll hung up my acting hat (for now, at least), my love for costumes and playing pretend will never end. So it’s no surprise that I absolutely adore dressing my family up for Halloween every year.

I’ve gained quite the reputation among family and friends for having cute, family themed costumes, and so I thought it would be fun to share some tips with you guys on how to come up with a killer theme that is sure to have you winning at all things Halloween this year.

Step One: Brainstorm

I write out a list of anything and everything I can think of. Even if it’s something that everyone does, I write it down. Because it is less about what you do and more about how you do it. I’ve seen Mickey and friends done a million different times, a million different ways, and some of them are absolute perfection! So don’t be deterred from an idea just because it’s not “unique”. Write it down anyway. Here’s a list of places to draw character ideas from to help get you started:

  • Favorite Movies
  • Favorite TV Shows
  • Popular Children’s Books
  • Favorite Eras
  • Occupations (barista, ice cream man, construction worker, etc.)
  • Opposites (cops & robbers, heroes & villians, etc.)
  • Favorite animals

 

Step Two: Visualize The Kid’s Costumes First

Once I’ve got a list, I comb through it and highlight the ideas that would translate well into a child’s costume. Since Halloween is really about them, I want to make sure I pick something that they aren’t going to completely hate me for in 10 years. A good example of what not to do, would be putting a box over their heads and making them into bags of groceries…. which was a reality for these two kids.

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You want to pick something that is going to excite them. Whether it be because it’s an animal they love, or a cool prop, etc. Cross off all of the ideas that just won’t work well or make the kid’s excited to be dressed up.

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

When I chose the Circus theme last year, I made Declan the “strong man” because I knew he would be amped to have the weight prop. It allowed me to pick something really cute, while also keeping him excited about his costume. (DIY strong man dumbbell tutorial, HERE)

Step Three: Be Realistic and Know Your Strengths

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A family of varied Starbucks drinks would be ADORABLE, but will that require you to make 90% of the costumes? And if so, do you know HOW to make said costumes? Remember what I told you earlier— it’s not about the costume per-se, it’s about how you do it. That means knowing your limitations and playing on your strengths. If you’re a master at the art of DIY, then something like this would be right up your alley. If not, try to stick to ideas that allow you to create the family set without whipping out the sewing machine.

For example, last year was the first time my cousin wasn’t around to help with our costumes (she made Declan’s the two previous years), so I had to set new expectations for what I could achieve, based off my own skill level.

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

Since I can’t sew, I chose to buy the boys’ costumes and then use my skills to create my own and make Declan’s strong man dumbbell from scratch. I know that embellishing is a strong point of mine, so I played on that and allowed those things to tie together and already solid look.

Step Four: Get Your Internet On

Once you’ve narrowed it down, start scanning Pinterest, Etsy, Amazon, etc. for inspiration. When we decided to make Declan “Rufio” from the movie “Hook”, the first thing I did was google images from the movie. Once I had a clear idea on what I was looking for, I went accessory searching. Since those were a big part of the costume, I had to make sure I could find what I needed easily before committing to a costume. If you have key pieces to a costume, make sure you find them BEFORE you start buying everything else. Once I found the necklaces and a wig that would actually fit his head that I could sculpt, I decided to give the green light on the costume and theme itself (which my amazing cousin made, by the way!).

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

I knew the wig was key in making this costume work, so I took care of that part first and then moved on once I had the hardest part handled.

Step Five: Make It Your Own

More than likely, you won’t be doing a theme that’s never been done before— but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own! I love to add little details to all of our costumes to set them apart and make them special. Little things can go a long way in the final look. For example, on our very first Halloween as parents, we dressed Declan up as a little chick (again, my cousin made his costume because she rocks) and we were farmers. Derek’s boots and straw hat rounded out his look, while I opted to go barefoot.

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

It was the smallest thing, but it really added to the look and feel of our costumes/characters. And I’m all for buying store costumes and then embellishing them, which is exactly what we did for Derek’s Peter Pan costume.

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

Toss in a free “Bangarang” print, and our look was thrown together using a combination or store-bought costumes, and homemade goodness.

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I hope these tips help you decide on the perfect family halloween costume theme this year! Just remember to have fun with it— your kiddos will have a blast if you’re having a blast, and that is the ultimate WIN.

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How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

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The key to throwing a good party is pretty simple: Know your audience.

It’s the same as writing a good piece or creating a graphic tee. And if there’s one thing I excel at, it’s knowing my audiences.

My cousin is getting married (yay!) and we had her bachelorette party last weekend. She really wanted to do a Disney weekend, so that’s exactly what we did. Since all of the ladies were coming from out of town and I live local, I took the reigns on decorations. It’s a good thing too, because their 4 hour trip turned into a 7 hour one thanks to unforeseen traffic incidents.

I started with some custom invitations for all of the girls. Yes, we knew exactly who was going already, but I wanted to give my cousin a physical invite to put in her keepsakes.

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

I almost gave up sending them at one point because FedEx was literally having the hardest time getting the print size right. The first time, they were printed in little pocket size. The second, 8 x11, and finally on the third time after spending 45 minutes talking to the employee, they came out just right.

In keeping the theme of the invites alive, I decided to use the same color scheme for the decor and favors.

I loved the idea of a “hangover kit”, so I got to work. I’m obsessed with small businesses, so I scanned Etsy until I found the perfect bags and drink koozies.

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Future Mrs. & Cheers Bitches Koozies: $5.50 each from KeepLifeSimpleDesign

I Regret Nothing Hangover Bags: $2 each from becollective

I filled the bags with some mouthwash, Advil, and make-up remover wipes from the travel toiletry section in Target. I also included individual sleeves of Ritz crackers, a Voss water bottle, and a mini champagne bottle for each lady. (Also all purchased at the mothership aka Target).

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

This $20.00 banner from EverythingSheWantsTo was my absolute favorite find. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was hanging it and watching each girl notice it and crack up was the greatest. This is what it looks like up close and personal. Seriously, the best.

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(Image from their Etsy page, EverythingSheWantsTo)

I also got some gold glitter penis cupcake toppers from them, because they were just too perfect.

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Penis Cupcake Toppers: $7.00 for a pack of 12 from EverythingSheWantsTo

Then I grabbed some balloons and giant gold confetti from Party City to add to the decor and voila!

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Add an awesome group of women, and this was the perfect Bachelorette weekend!

Everyone single one of us were on the same page: Make sure the bride gets to do everything she wants and make sure her wallet stays in her purse at all times. The truth of the matter is, all of the decorations were super awesome and cute, but the formula for a perfect Bachelorette party is a group of women who all love and care about the bride-to-be. Some of the best moments of the weekend involved us hanging out in the hotel room in bathrobes. Seeing these lovely women my cousin has chosen as her friends, and how much they love her, was the absolute best.

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

(Our awesome shirts were made by the two ladies I’m sandwiched between). 

How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party

Have you ever thrown a Bachelorette Party before? What was your favorite aspect of it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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