Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween Costumes Inspired by Our Favorite Books

It's pretty common for my girls to reenact the books that they read. Sophie usually calls dibs on the heroine and Eloise is more than satisfied to be the friendly animal sidekick. Except for Fancy Nancy; everyone wants to be Nancy!

Since Halloween is right around the corner, we've had our thinking caps on, trying to decide who/what everyone will be for trick or treating, and it's been a ton of fun! The girls have been pouring over their favorite books, pointing out all their different ideas and giggling over ridiculous
ones.  I gotta say though, there's a very good chance that we will channeling the Pevenise children, wearing old fur coats because the end of October here in Alberta is sooooo cold!

Here are some of our favorite ideas so far. Most of the props were made from things I had around the house which made for quite the crafting session!


Anne of Green Gables


Sophie and Eloise were introduced to my favorite literary red-head when they were super little and I had gotten them children's version of the Canadian classic. I wanted them to get familiar with story of Anne long before they were able to read the series for themselves.


what you'll need:
-a long sleeved dress
-straw hat
-yarn
-brown eyeliner for freckles


To make the braids, I cut several strands of yarn and secured one end with a tight tie with a smaller piece of yarn. After braiding, I tied it with another small piece and glued the top of the braid to the straw hat so that plenty of the braid hung down from the hat. Repeat with another handful of yarn and voila! Carrots!


Olivia






















This sassy and confident pig is a favorite around here! Both girls love Olivia. And so do I! The artwork is so fun and simple. A little argument broke out among Sophie and Eloise as to who would get to dress up as Olivia because who doesn't want to dress up as a cheeky little pig in a red dress?!

what you'll need:

-red dress

-pig ears and nose kit (I made mine with some light pink felt, and an egg carton for the nose)
-white felt
-black ribbon



To make the white collar, I copied a pattern like this one from Pinterest and cut the white felt according to the instructions. Then I glued equal lengths of black ribbon with my hot glue gun so that I could tie a bow around Sophie's neck, just like Olivia's!



If You Give A Mouse A Cookie


How could we not include this classic favorite?! This might very well be the easiest Halloween costume of all time. Making the giant cookie was a group effort and I honestly can't tell you who enjoyed the project more; me or the girls...or Theo!


what you'll need:
-denim overalls
-a light, skin colored shirt or leotard
-mouse ears (made with my handy old glue gun, felt and a wire headband)
-giant paper cookie


To make the paper cookie, I cut two pieces of brown wrapping paper in identical circles. Using a black sharpie, we drew irregular shapes to mimic chocolate chips. Then, turning the pieces inside out, I stapled the edges together as if "hemming"the edges. When I only had a smallish section left to staple, I gently turned the bag inside out so that the "chocolate chips" were visible. Next, I stuffed the cookie with old grocery bags and stapled the small section, careful to hide the staples well.


What will you or your littles be dressing up as this Halloween? Any friends from favorite stories? Let me know in the comments!

Megan xo








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