Last year, I explained why I opt to take the DIY route when it comes to my children’s Halloween costumes. Despite being (what feels like) eight billion weeks pregnant, I still chose to make their costumes. I am glad that baby #4 didn’t decide to make an early appearance, or I would have been wracking my brains for an acceptable costume to go with this year’s theme. So far our themes have been favorite characters (Linus from The Peanuts and Alice in Wonderland), decades (60’s hippie and 20’s flapper), Peter Pan (Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Tick Tock Crock), The Incredibles, and The Muppets. A few months ago, my little ones put in their request for this year’s theme: The Animaniacs!
When I first thought about it, the idea of making their costumes seemed too complicated. It became much more manageable when I broke it down and realized I would only need to make their tails and hats. I was able to make forms for their tails and ears using layers of floral wire wrapped in tulle and covered in black felt. The floral wire gave me the option to shorten their tails when they became too distracting. (I can’t tell you how many times I caught Abram chasing his tail.)
Here they are before they went trick or treating. They were ready to let everyone in the neighborhood know who they were dressed as.
I have less than a year to scout out a sibling costume theme fit for four, so I will have Halloween on my mind months before it arrives next year. Hopefully their costumes match their personalities just as perfectly as they did this year.