A Box of Costumes and A Little Inspiration (plus a Pottery Barn Give Away!)

AUTHOR: | POSTED: October 16, 2012 | COMMENTS: 14 Comments
CATEGORIES: Glass City Parent, Holidays,

Carolyn Savage

As I’ve stated before, I’m not exactly a Halloween enthusiast.  Some years I’ve been more inspired than others, but usually, I’m old school. 

Go to the box.  Find yourself a costume!”

Yes.  We actually have a costume box.  It’s not exactly like the one my mom had.  Mine isn’t made of musty cardboard and has never survived a flood.  I’ve actually upgraded to a   plastic tub.  But just like my mom’s, pieces of costumes are missing, and there’s evidence of moth’s.  (I’ve never bought a moth ball in my life.)

I didn’t start out with this half baked “whatever” kind of Halloween attitude.  At first I was all gung-ho!

When Drew was in kindergarten I made him a robot costume.  Spray paint and duck tape, complete with battery operated Christmas lights punched through the chest.  I was proud of that creation.  I remember when he came home from school after his parade I drilled him for details.  “What did everyone say about your costume?  Did they love it?”  I was downright giddy when he reported the oohs and ahs.  I was so proud.  Crown me mother of the year.

Reality set in later that night.

You see, as cute as my blood, sweat and tears efforts turned out to be, apparently robot costumes aren’t great for maximizing trick-or-treating speed.  And let’s face it…when it comes right down to it…it’s all about the candy.  I knew the costume was screwed when I caught Sean weighing Drew before trick-or-treating began. 

Me      Sean! Why the hell are you weighing him?

Sean    Uh…to see how much he weighs!

Me     WHY?

Sean   I’ll weigh him afterwards with his treat bag.  Let’s see how fast he can move and how much candy he can get.

Within minutes of beginning what turned into a foot race, Drew had shed his robot costume in favor of streamlining his candy retrieval speed.

I’m guessing people thought nobody loved him when he showed at their doors.  What kind of mother sends their kid trick-or-treating dressed like this?



This is why Halloween 2000, marked the end of my Halloween costume making.  We are store bought…all the way baby.

That beings said, our costume box continues to grow.  Not only does it include this Disney Peter Pan ensemble…

Ryan had to have this because of the sword. No other reason! It was all about weaponry.


We still have this Superman get-up…

Drew’s in between the sugared up Snow White and the pissed off cow. Superman (stuffed with socks) circa 1996.

 Eventually we moved onto Pokemon characters…

Ryan is Pikachu and looks okay with it. Drew is sporting a clown costume that my Aunt Judy made for me in 1982. Note the pillow case, for maximum candy carrying ability.

Poor Batman.  He looks like he’s lost his Robin.

One year Drew was obsessed with Harry Potter.  I even duck taped Hedwig to his shoulder…or neck.  Can’t remember but I’m guessing, based on the look of discomfort on his face, it was his neck. 

The caption just kinda writes itself….

Ryan’s the banana on the end. That was his last costume. He wore it for the next five Halloweens. Mama ran out of steam.

 And then there was the infamous banana.  I love that banana.

 Honestly, I loved going to the kids’ school Halloween parade.  The passion some folks have for this holiday is truly inspiring.  I try not to let their spooky over-achieving ways stress me out.  Neither should you.  I’ve collected a few ideas that might be good for us last minute, Halloween procrastinators to whip up. 


Warning…proceed with caution…you may end up inspired.

See…feathers duck taped to her bum! My kind of mom, here!


Not sure about the political correctness of this…but gotta love me some Mr. T!

Again…duck tape used here. Adorable!



Simplicity at its best!



Creative genius!

For more fantabulous ideas, visit Coolest-Homemade-Costumes.com.  The inspiration is  endless! 

Pottery Barn Give Away

I’d love to hear your most creative Halloween costume ideas.  Please share the in the comments box and one of the comments will receive a $50 gift certificate to Pottery Barn….to decorate for Christmas.  Winner to be announced in the post on Wednesday, October 24th! 




14 Comments on “ A Box of Costumes and A Little Inspiration (plus a Pottery Barn Give Away!) ”

  • Peggy Packer | October 17th, 2012 1:55 pm

    I would have to admit that I actually made four rather clever costumes for my daughter with my trusty glue gun!! I made a ladybug out of a red oversized sweatshirt. That worked so well that the next year she wanted to be a bumble bee which was also made with an oversized sweatshirt! I also made her a Larry Boy costume complete with plunger ears! And the last one that I made her was a purple and gold toga! That also went to a college with her but that is another story!! LOL!!

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  • abby arnold | October 17th, 2012 4:28 pm

    My mom dressed me as a bologna sandwich one year…different colored pieces of poster board and tissue paper.
    Another year, I was the toothfairy and my dad (a dentist) had someone make him a giant tooth costume and he wore foil on his head to look like a filling 🙂

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  • Jesabes | October 17th, 2012 4:39 pm

    I don’t have any creative costume ideas! My usual plan is to go for what’s on sale at the consignment shop on October 30th:)

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  • Vivian Edwards | October 17th, 2012 9:00 pm

    Last year, I created a giant milkshake costume for my daughter using red sparke vinyl that was rolled around her for the cup, with white water balloons for bubbles and a red striped straw from an gift wrap tube! She was an original for sure!

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  • Kristin | October 17th, 2012 10:36 pm

    I have a skunk costume that was simplicity itself to make. I bought a black hoodie, some black fake fur, and some white fake fur. I sewed a round white patch on the chest of the hoodie. I sewed a white fake fur strip on the hood and down the back and made a tale out of black and white fake fur.

    I really wanted to make a trash can costume but I couldn’t talk any of the kids into it. I was going to cut the bottom out of a cheap kitchen garbage can and attach shoulder straps. I was going to have empty cereal boxes and other kitchen “garbage” spilling out of the garbage can.

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  • terri | October 18th, 2012 6:54 am

    Last year, I made my youngest a Minecraft costume from different boxes (like your robot, it wasn’t the easiest to maneuver around in, but other Minecraft enthusiasts loved it).
    One year, our whole family went as my youngest son. I printed different photos of his face and created masks for all of us. My third son then used that same idea and went to his school’s trunk or treat as his principal. 🙂

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  • lynda crossman | October 19th, 2012 3:27 pm

    I made a cat in the hat a couple of yrs ago out of a pr of sweats.. a square of white animal fur a tail set into the seam and a big christmas bow. I did cheat and buy the hat.. it was adorable.. This yr… he is going as a bag of bones (skeleton) that has a heart and a punkin out of his ribs… I am making it out of black clothes (sweat bottoms and a black long sleeve shirt) felt cutouts… 🙂

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  • Allie | October 19th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Dying over the boys costumes, the banana and Harry Potter ones killed me! Hahahaha! This year we are doing the movie UP, the old man, the boy scout, and the dog! Then my genius idea instead of having the balloons attached to the boys, hello hazard haha, I am making a tiny house for their trick or treat basket and tying the balloons to that. Yes, I have not started really any of these costumes, minus the dog suit I bought for Jude….I should probably get on it! Haha regardless, should be fun and interesting to say the least! Hope all is well!

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  • Marion | October 20th, 2012 2:27 am

    My daughter went to school dressed as a Christmas present once for a parade. I just used a packing box from our recent move (wrapped it in chrissie paper) and put a foil bow on a headband and she loved it. She also went as wonder woman one year when I made cone bobbies from gold cardboard and she had a visible lasso.

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  • Marion | October 20th, 2012 6:35 am

    Oops! Meant to say cone boobies 😀

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  • Iszy | October 22nd, 2012 1:45 pm

    My favorite costume was from the eighth grade. My mom fashioned it after Wilson from the sitcom Home Improvement. I wore a fisherman’s hat, flannel shirt and carried a huge piece of cardboard that looked like a fence. I just peeked over the top, like Wilson always did. It was the best!

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  • maria | October 22nd, 2012 3:20 pm

    i was a homemade board of candy “Dots”. we used half styrofoam balls spray painted different colors to look like candy! loved it!

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  • Angela Bonner(Facebook Comment) | October 23rd, 2012 4:35 pm

    This had some great costumes in it

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  • Debbie Byroade Schaaf(Facebook Comment) | October 23rd, 2012 4:35 pm

    One year I made Chris look like the marshmallow man from Ghost Busters. I bought an oversized white swethirt and sweat pants, put a blue beanie on his head and a scarf around his neck stuffed his entire body with batting and VOILA!!!! But, a week before Halloween, he had his tonsils emergently removed. I was so proud of that costume, I made it again the next year. That year it was 100 degrees on Halloween night and we discovered there was no relief spot if nature called. That was the year Chris decided he would handle his own costumes from here on in!!!

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