Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween, everyone! I’m so excited for trick or treating tonight! It’s the first year we’ll be able to take Penelope out and she’s so¬†excited! I finally convinced her that she’s not going to be spiderman; although if you ask her what she’s going to be for Halloween she quickly replies, “Spiderman!”

It’s not that I don’t want her to dress up as spiderman, I just already bought the stuff for her costume by the time she changed her mind! Typical, right? I keep telling myself that if she absolutely hates her costume I’ll gladly go to Target & pick up a spiderman outfit for her. So far she hasn’t been hesitant to put on her witch costume in the least. She looks super adorable, I might add!

Here’s the breakdown for her outfit:

  • tights & turtleneck – I found them at Walmart; since it’s practically impossible to find green things for girls, I dyed them. I added the stripes with black paint.
  • tutu – I made this from 6 yards of tulle, elastic & some felt. I’ve considered cutting it down but that’s not likely to happen. It’s one of those things that she can grow into.
  • broom – I spray painted a dowel black, cut about 14 inches of leather fringe & wrapped the dowel with the leather, securing it with an upholstery tack.
  • hat – I bought this as-is at Walmart, which just so happened to be the fourth store I went to for a hat! How come plain kid’s witches hats are nearly impossible to find? I don’t want pink sparkles or nasty faux hair sticking out of it.

Overall this costume took WAAAY too many hours to make. The broom was fast, the dyeing was relatively fast, as were the stripes, but the tutu took forever. A lot of it had to be hand-sewn. Not sure I’ll put in this amount of time on a costume ever again.

So it turns out she just wanted to fly for Halloween – this is when we discovered that we could convince her to be the Wicked Witch as opposed to Spiderman. She got so excited about the idea of flying around on a broom! After she got back from school on Friday I showed her the broom & she lit up, “For me!?! Thank you, mommy, thank you!!”

Immediately she put the broom between her legs & the biggest look of disappointment flooded over her face! She looked at me & with a sad little voice said, “Mommy, the broom doesn’t work. I’m not flying!” Oooohh, my sweet Penelope. You are too much.

I’m going as Dorothy for Halloween this year. Turns out I’ve had the perfect Dorothy costume in my closet for some time. I bought the perfect blue dress eons ago & what girl doesn’t have red heels? What are you going as?


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    1. Emilee says:

      If you are ever making a tutu again, I highly recommend the method outlined by Liesl Gibson in her book (Little Things for Little People? Something like that.) The tutus are fast, darling, and they hold their shape better than any others I’ve made. I have four little girls, so I’ve made more than my share of tutus.
      Penelope looks darling. What a fabulous way to do a witch!

    2. Katie says:

      my vote is that the costume is awesome! :) Love it!

    3. I love it! i leave my diy this week, a leather jacket inspired by miu miu, hope you like it!

    4. Stacey says:

      A Spider! Not spiderman, just a spider! Hand sewed some tights to a long sleeve top (two pairs of tights to make 4 extra legs) got my arms as another pair of legs and my legs as another pair ha! dark tights of course. I also do a little face paint for spiders webs! Hope your girls love the day! xx

    5. moxiemandie says:

      Oh my goodness! The costume is adorable, but my favorite is her expression in the first photo! Priceless!

    6. bmerry says:

      For several years my daughter wanted to be a princess. One year the store ran out of princesses before we got her costume so she was a witch, but a fancy witch. So she was a “Witch-Princess”. She was happy.

    7. Libby K says:

      it turned out so cute. love those tights.

      this year, we went with a Pee Wee’s Big Adventure theme. it turned out pretty great, i must say! you should check it out on my blerg.

    8. marissa says:

      Melissa, the costume and Penelope are adorable!!! The hat and the broom are so awesome to tie the entire thing together. I hope you’ll post pictures of Felix and you (and Chris?) too. Me, I’ve dressed up as the “Sun Drop girl” but so many people don’t get it – who would’ve ever thought that a TV commercial would be so obscure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEQzJRRIXKs)?!

      Happy Halloween!!!

    9. Heidi says:

      “Mommy, the broom doesn’t work.” Oh my, that is just precious! To have the innocence of a child…
      I’m curious about why this is the first year you’ll be able to take Penelope out. I’m wondering if 2 is way too young to go! Ha, it is, but oh well, he’ll make a cute pumpkin!
      Will Felix be dressing up?

    10. Jenn says:

      She is super cute! You’re going to make an adorable pair : )

    11. That tutu is pretty spectacular. And I have that exact same blue dress from Target! I wore it to a costume party last year as Alice in wonderland. I made a white apron to go over it. Isaac Mizrahi made a lot of retro style dresses several years back for Target and I collect them. I am not kidding. I find them in thrift stores all the time. And ebay too!

    12. Haha, I was Dorothy today too! Happy Halloween to you and yours!

    13. Heather C. says:

      Fun costume! That is a lot of tulle!
      My family was the wizard of oz as well. My little girl was Dorthy, me the scarecrow, daddy the tinman and our dog the lion.

    14. Peter says:

      You’ve done a great job making this witch costume – it’s really cute.

      You and your readers may be interested in the creative costume contest over at http://www.halloweenhero.com/costume-contest-2013.html – there is a $250 grand prize. You can enter multiple times as long as each one is a unique costume.

      Keep up the great work!


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