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What is Your Favorite Halloween Costume You’ve Ever Worn?

10/30/2017

DIY FroYo Costume

Since Halloween is tomorrow and it’s too late to share another tutorial but also how do I even talk about anything besides Halloween because it’s all I can think about… thought this was an appropriate question!

With Arlo in the picture now, I’ve been doing lots of daydreaming about all the costumes we’ll think up together!! And I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing about all of my own childhood costumes and wanting to live up to the bar my mom set with her handiwork on them!

DIY Furby Costume

I’ve talked a lot about some of my faves. My Furby costume being the top one. This was my favorite because it was a joint effort between my best friend, Michelle, and our moms. We thought of all sorts of ways to make the different pieces come to life. I vividly remember not knowing how to make the “sensor” because it had to be see-through and breathable so we wouldn’t die in the costume. Haha! One day, I walked past my mom’s needlepoint and was like “MOM!!!!!! We should use needlepoint mesh!!!!!” And so we did.

Of course, a lot of people had no clue what we were. Which is crazy because c’mon HOW ACCURATE is the depiction!? I got a lot of penguin (Ok, fine…) or skunk (but… they don’t have beaks?) and my friend (who was a spotted furby) got a lot of “Cow?!” Again… cows with beaks, people!?

I thought it would be fun to ask some fellow creatives and entrepreneurs what their favorite or most memorable costume was and there are SO many good stories. Check them out below!

Cyn Moreno, Set Decorator and Digital Content Creator, on doing the Cabbage Patch dance: I think my most memorable costume was when I made and was my childhood Cabbage Patch doll. I didn’t completely think it through when making it and I could barley see in it! The head was really heavy. I think I had about 10 spools of yarn in it. So I had to walk super straight so I wouldn’t fall. Haha!! But I loved it!! When I went out people just went nuts and wanted to take pictures with me. Girls would come up to me and tell me what cabbage patch doll they had as a kid. At one point I  went to a bar and the crowed chanted for me to dance the cabbage patch dance. I of course gave in and ended up on top of a table dancing. It was hilarious and totally worth it and I think someone even threw a couple of dollars as me. Haha!

Ellen Bennett, Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, on her on-the-fly costume: In 2015 (age 27) I went as a bunch of grapes not only because they’re a super fun color, shape, and delicious, but I love a good DIY costume. As a business owner it can be hard to find the time to costume shop and go all out. This year Casey (my fiance) and I stopped at Joanne’s fabric store on the way to a Halloween party! I bought a bag of balloons and blew them up in the car. When we parked Casey helped me safety pin them to a yellow dress, and I got some green tulle for the leaves at the top of the bunch. No one knew it was a very on-the-fly costume, and it was a total hit.

Elsie Larson, Founder of A Beautiful Mess, on #twinning with her sister: Emma’s and my favorite halloween costume was when our mom made us matching My Little Ponies! 

Chelsea Foy, Founder of Lovely Indeed, on getting crafty when her parents weren’t home: In 5th grade, one day when my parents weren’t at home, my sister and I decided to get crafty and make my costume without their help. I was a Duracell battery. We cut head and arm holes out of a box and painted the whole thing to scale using a 9 volt battery as a model. Favorite costume ever.

Maria Lichty, Founder of Two Peas & Their Pod and Co-Founder of Sweet Peas Meals, on letting her kids pick her costume: I let my boys pick my costume every year. So far I’ve been a funky chicken, a cookie, Darth MOM, and this year…wait for it…I am going to be a Walrus! Yep, lucky me:) They aren’t homemade, but hilarious:)

Julie Blanner, Founder of lifestyle blog Julie Blanner, on being afraid to sit down: My mom once dressed me as the Fruit of the Loom grapes. I couldn’t sit all day in fear of popping. It was almost awesome as my Nerf ball boobs and blonde wig when my mom dressed me is Dolly Parton.

Alex Michael May, Creative Director, on her rhinestone dreams: So my most memorable costume was dressing up as a figure skater when I was around 9 I think. I dreamt of those sparkling rhinestones for MONTHS, and that sparkly pink costume was the stuff dreams are made of. Think Swarovski for says and maribou feather deatils, with a little chiffon skirt. I skated around my living room in socks every night and still remember running to the door every day after school to see if my costume had been delivered! In reality, I was an awful skater and the outfit gave me a perma-wedgie and showed my undies, but I didn’t care. I felt like the ice queen. 

Ashley Rose, Founder of Sugar & Cloth, on being her mom’s dream costume:  I went as an actual life size plush, 3-D Hershey’s kiss (shoutout to my childhood neighbor for custom making that) because my mom was/still is obsessed with Hershey’s kisses. 

Courtney Quinn, Founder of Color Me Courtney, on her multiple costume changes: When I was a kid, I would average between 5-8 costumes a year for halloween. I was a competitive dancer, so I always had between 10-20 great costumes from the year before that I wanted to show off. I remember planning out each of my outfits and always having too many to choose from, so I would decided to do them all! I would start the night in one costume, do a tour of my neighborhood collect candy and com back and change. By look 2 I would skip the candy bag and just basically make another neighborhood lap, once again showing off my costume. I did this between 5 and 8 times treating halloween like my own fashion show! Some of my greatest costume hits included a roller girl waitress with roller blades, the pink power ranger, a barbie super hero, a spider, jane of the jungle, every disney villain ever, and of course minnie mouse. 

Now tell me… What is your absolute FAVORITE Halloween costume you ever wore??? Alternatively, your most memorable (maybe you hated it!?) or most embarrassing (parents have a way of doing that… haha!)!? Ya know, I’m not picky! I just want to chat costumes!!! Let me know below!!

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14 comments

  • Kylie

    In 3rd grade I went as Sheri Lewis and carried my Lamb Chop doll with me! It makes me laugh so much to think about, haha

  • Sailor

    Oh man, I’ve been a Disney character every single year for Halloween. When I was little I had a Snow White costume that I loved so much, and I proceeded to wear it every day…for the next two years. Even to church!! My poor mother must’ve been so embarrassed. It’s now my senior year of high school so I decided to bring back Snow White. I’m off to go recreate some photos 🙂

    • Kelly

      Ha!!! I love that you wore it every day. Hahaha! I was probably every single Disney princess as well at some point throughout my childhood.

  • Alli

    When I was in college and on a budget, I was a washing machine. I spray painted a box white, drew on all the little dials, put plastic wrap around some of my own clothes for the spinner, and even had a little cord in the back to plug-in. I was surrounded by various sexy costumes but I was comfortable and proud in my DIY washing machine!

  • Mandee McEvoy

    Every year i steer clear of trying to be a person, or a character but instead I’m always an object. Some of my most popular ones, a plant, a cheeseburger, a lamp, a plate of macaroni, and this year, cotton candy- which i would have to say was my all time fav! i love making all my costumes from scratch, cant imagine ever buying one! I DMed you the cotton candy pic of insta. think youll love!

    <3

  • Megan

    My Mom didn’t DIY my costumes (I went as a Catwoman/Cat/variation of a cat almost every year) but she did DIY only one costume- as the TY beanie baby Valentino. She painted my face white, made the hang tag for my ear and even rewrote a new poem for the inside. It was awesome!

  • Jules

    Three years ago my aunt made me an awesome sugar skull/day of the dead skeleton costume complete with an amazing detailed mask(she’s an art teacher). Also last year my best friend and I were puns. She was a cereal killer (complete with a milk mustache) and I was a Dunkin’ Donuts. A basketball player wearing a donut.😉

  • Revel and Glitter

    The best was when we won a costume contest as Dog and Mrs. Bounty Hunter, mullets and big hair and lots of leopard print! Even better, we are African American and it was a funny sense of irony! A super close second, runner ups in another contest at a 90s dance party where my friend and I went as Jules and Verne from Pulp Fiction!

  • Lauren

    I homemade an accordion couples costume this year for me and my boyfriend. It’s definitely been my favorite and greatest Halloween accomplishment!

  • Ruth

    we do movies…a recent hit was the Wes Anderson series..we did Fantastic mr.fox…Life Aquatic,Budapest hotel and the tenunbaums….A little bigger than Arlo but 8y &10y
    just look on Instagram for #hugoandwes
    xo
    Ruth
    we’re just about to do John Huges “Ferris Bueller” because this year is the 30th Ann!!!
    IG: HugofromKamakura

  • Kristina B

    Last year I went to the South End Market as SNAIL MAIL. I made a big shell with a pile of mail stuck to it out of cardboard with ribbon straps so I could wear it as a back-pack and I even had some fake letters trailing behind me on ribbons except they kept coming untied and I would leave my mail behind once in a while. I told people I was just making it more realistic by losing mail. (Get it together USPS….)

  • Mackenzie Lambert

    My favorite halloween costume was my freshman year of college and my best friend and I went as Loofah’s!! We took pictures in the showers of our sorority house and everything to really make the costume have the full effect. It was so simple and easy to make and quite honestly the most fun!!!

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