Not that your kids haven't bugged you enough this month about what they are going to be for Halloween this year, things fall by the wayside when it comes to planning for costumes. My five year old daughter would change her mind daily and by the time Halloween rolled around, I was left scrambling for something that resembled a costume, making sure she wasn't going around in a bed sheet with some eye holes cut out.
The best costumes are the ones you make out of what you have. My kids used to dress up in costumes so often that we now have an entire large plastic bin full of enough props to make things up. Of all the costumes that I have had as a kid, the best ones were those that we made up out of thin air. And, with some help with Amazon from time to time to supplement those things that complete a look, there are ways to create something meaningful out of nothing.
The trick is to go for the abstract. Think of characters that are popular in our culture right now. Trump is easy enough with a crazy wig and their Sunday best though you may want to look for Clinton signs before you trick or treat or you may end up with a rock. Any of your kids could be a cast member from show like Stranger Things, Care Bears, current movies like Minions, or movies from your childhood like Goonies.
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Stuck for a costume idea for your kids? Going to an adult party with no idea what to do? Here are some last minute ideas for you that are fast and simple.
Care Bears : Hoodie, sweatpants, face paint
Searches : Kids colored hoodie, sweatpants, care bears face painting, felt
Ideas : cut out belly badge out of felt and safety pin it to the front of the hoodie
Elliot and E.T.
Searches: crate, red hoodie, E.T. Plush
Ideas: Attach a strap to the crate so that it can be fitted around your child's neck to make carrying easier
Back to the Future - Marty McFly
Searches : Puffy red vest, Jean jacket, foam headphones, aviator sunglasses kids
Ideas: Have a friend dress up like Doc Brown to go together
Eleven - Stranger Things
Searches: Stranger Things Eleven dress, blue members only jacket, blonde wig, fake blood
Ideas: Add a little fake blood from your nostril to add to the effect. Carry around waffles
Pablo Escobar - Narcos
Searches : Nautical sweater, fake mustaches, fake money
Searches : brown afro wig, fake goatee/beard, painter's palette
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with in Philadelphia. All opinions expressed are my own. #FiOSPhilly