I love a homemade Halloween costume.  I guess it feels like “goin’ old school” to make your own costume.  Remember when you were a kid – foraging for parts to cobble together into a costume?

Don’t me wrong – when I was a kid, all I wanted was a store-bought costume.  But now, as a mom, for some reason, buying a costume from a Halloween superstore somehow feels like cheating. I’m totally NOT judging anyone for buying their costume.  We’ve done it in the past and will again.  But there’s something about being able to say “I made that!” that I especially love at Halloween.

This year I made both my son’s costumes.  Well, not made…restyled.  My ten year old (he just turned double-digits last week, so I’m still not used to saying that) wanted to be a “sheet ghost.”  He felt that would be a very unique costume.  I tried to point out that it is probably the least unique costume he could have chosen, but he advised otherwise.  So off to the Goodwill I went to acquire a white sheet.  I found one for $2.99.  Luckily for me it was 50% off!  His $1.50 costume probably set a record for the least amount I’ve ever spent at Halloween.

We decided our five month old would be a turtle shortly after he was born because he sorta resembled a turtle.  It was something about the way he stuck his neck out.

About a month ago I found a reptile (snake?) costume at a children’s consignment sale for $5 and hoped I’d be able to restyle it into a turtle.

BEFORE

First I cut off the head and the long tail.  Then I sewed shut the head (keeping the hood) and reattached a shorter version of the tail.

Next I painted a child’s bike helmet that I found at a yard sale a few months ago.  I freehanded some spots to look like a turtle shell.  I had planned on working on this after my son went to sleep that night.  But he was so fussy and was only consoled in my arms.  So into the sling he went.  And out came the paintbrush.

 

This is what you call “multi-tasking!”

So here’s what we ended up with.

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Both boys wore clothes they already owned under their costumes, so both of them combined cost me less than $10!

I know I’m biased, but I think he made a pretty cute turtle.  Don’t you?!