After our son’s space themed first birthday party, I had the idea to do a family space costume. It’s the perfect costume for a family of three, but you could add a sun costume, stars or a moon for additional family members!
I did a colorful take on this classic family costume idea, and it was quite simple to put together. Each one would be super cute on it’s own, or pick any two for a couples costume! Keep scrolling for the tutorials!
How To Make An Astronaut Costume
For the Astronaut:
- Sweatsuit (Arlo’s is from here!)
- Space Patches (We used these and these!)
- Two Soda/Drink Bottles (We used 24oz ones because Arlo is so tiny but you could use 2 liter bottles for bigger kids!)
- Orange and Yellow Felt
- 1/2″ Elastic
- Silver Paint + Paintbrush
- Hot Glue Gun
For the Planet Candy Bucket:
- Pumpkin Candy Bucket
- Smoothfoam Wreath (That fits over your candy bucket. If it’s a bit too small, you can shave off some of the inside carefully with a craft knife!)
- Non-Toxic Paint in 2 Colors of Your Choice
- Hot Glue Gun
- Clean out the soda bottles, remove labels and caps.
- Paint the soda bottles silver. You may need 2-3 coats, letting dry completely between each coat.
- Cut out 2 “fire” shapes from orange felt, then 2 smaller fire shapes from yellow felt. These don’t have to be perfect! If freehanding it makes you nervous, google “fire clip art” and print out something to use as a template from there!
- Hot glue the yellow fire on top of the orange fire.
- Roll the base of the fire so it’s small enough to fit inside the bottle tops. Add a bit of hot glue to the back of each and glue inside the bottle tops.
- Cut two pieces of elastic big enough to go around your child’s shoulder and under the arm.
- Hot glue the two soda bottles together. Then, hot glue each elastic piece to one of the soda bottles. Glue the ends of the elastic pieces together to form two loops.
- Select the patches you want to use and where you want to put them. Either iron (per package instructions) or hot glue the patches in place.
- Paint the plastic pumpkin bucket whatever color you’d like and the wreath a contrasting color. Let dry.
- Slip the wreath over the pumpkin bucket, add a few dots of hot glue to hold in place.
How To Make A Rocket Ship & Solar System Costume
For the adult costumes in this family Halloween costume, you’ll need some simple clothing pieces and some craft foam to add the elements, turning them into a rocket ship costume and a solar system costume. Here’s how to make them.
For the Rocketship:
- Silver (or white, or any color!) Dress (I’m wearing this one!)
- Craft Foam Yellow, Orange and any other two colors you’d like
- Shoe Clips
- Hot Glue Gun
For the Solar System:
- Blue T-Shirt
- Smoothfoam balls in varying sizes from 2″-4″ (Sometimes you can find half spheres like these and these and this is great because you don’t have to cut them!)
- Mini Smoothfoam (or regular foam, if you can’t find the smooth!) Wreath
- Paint in Variety of Colors + Paintbrush
- Hot Glue Gun
- Wax Paper
For the rocket ship:
- Find two circular items in your house (think a bowl, a lid, etc.) that are two slightly different sizes. Use the larger item to cut out three circles from one foam color and the smaller item to cut out three circles from another color.
- Cut out two “fin” shapes from another color of foam.
- Glue the smaller circles on top of the larger circles.
- Glue the circles to the front of your dress. Then glue the fins to the seams of the dress, one on each side!
- Cut out two fire shapes from orange foam, and two smaller fire shapes from yellow foam.
- Glue the smaller fire shapes on top of the larger ones.
- Attach directly to your shoes or to a shoe clip with glue so they are removable!
For the solar system:
- If you have any full spheres (instead of the half spheres I mentioned) carefully cut them in half with scissors or a craft knife. Also cut the mini wreath in half.
- Lay out your planets on your shirt to decide where you want everything. I recommend taking a picture so you remember the layout!
- Paint all the half spheres and half-wreath a variety of vibrant colors. Let dry completely.
- Hot glue to the t-shirt. I recommend putting wax paper inside the shirt so the glue doesn’t go through both layers of the shirt!
More Family Costume Ideas
- DIY Mickey + Minnie Mouse Family Costume
- DIY Bubble Bath Family Costume
- DIY School Supplies Family Costume
- DIY Family Weather Costume
- DIY Family Cinderella Costume
- DIY Mommy & Me Pasta Costume
Photos by Jeff Mindell
OMG. Arlo. These are the cutest photos ever. I’m dying of cuteness overload!
Victoria Shingleton says
I was just looking at last year’s Halloween and Arlo was so tiny – stop, Arlo! You’re growing up too fast!!! He looks so adorable in his little space costume.
Also, you could throw some leggings under the dress and solve the toddler-chasing problem! Could add to the space theme, too – think Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century!
Omg YES!! Zenon was 1,000% my favorite movie as a kid!! Haha!
Kristina B says
That kid is PRO at posing! The Saturn trick or treat bucket kills me! Too bad it’s roadkill!
He looks so happy. I’ve been checking out your blog for years. Your family’s story truly warms my heart.
Aw thank you Marly!! So glad to have you as a part of the Studio DIY fam!
Amelia Ryczek says
The PLANET CANDY BUCKET!!!! I’m dead.
Right!? It was kinda my fave part… even if it didn’t survive!
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Love the family costume so much! Feeling like just yesterday when I read your first post about Arlo, he grows up so fast.
Erinn Deg says
Is Arlo wearing the color “pool” from the website? I ordered it but it doesn’t look as bright as the blue in your photos. Thanks so much!
Felicity Cornett says
This is so cute!! We have taken some inspiration from this for our family Halloween costumes, we added an alien to the mix though as well as warmed up the theme with a sweater instead of dress and thermal instead of a tshirt! Still got majority of our theme from this though!