I am certain I threw my mom a few curve balls when it came to Halloween costumes when I was growing up. For example: one year I asked to be Humpty Dumpty.
That falls off a wall.
So that’s why I wasn’t surprised by Ike’s initial request to be an octopus for his fourth Halloween. I was ready. I was up for the challenge. Then, out of no where, Ike had a nightmare that included a T-Rex taking away his little brother. That’s when most things, including an octopus, were “too mean looking” for him. Poor thing—he’s still recovering.
That’s how we landed fair and square on a nice wholesome set of cookies and milk.
Given that my darling three-year-old thinks everything in the world belongs to him, including the sun and the moon (literally), I was delighted when Ike wanted to share his costume with his little brother. Of course, Lincoln got downgraded from sprinkles to chocolate chip, but he’s not complaining and neither am I.
I know you haven’t seen much of this little guy, Linc, since he was born (nearly two years ago…gasp!) given my infrequent blogging. But, man, he is a handful. With super kissable cheeks.
I didn’t use a pattern or document my full sewing process on this costume, but I think anyone with beginner to intermediate sewing skills could tackle the project. I used felt for all of the cookie pieces plus the lettering and straw on the hat. The hat itself is white polar fleece, which is perfect because you know it will be freezing here in Maine on Halloween night.
I made two cookies for each boy—one for the front and one for the back—connected by felt pieces on the shoulders and sides. Each cookie side is made of two pieces of tan felt with a thin layer of quilt batting in the middle. I tacked the batting to one piece, then sewed that piece to another felt circle with the non-batting sides together. I left a small hole on one side of the circle so that I could turn the cookie right side out, leaving the batting in the middle with only a small hole to hand sew together. Then I decorated with felt pieces to make the frosting, sprinkles and chips, using fabric glue. Based on these pictures, though, I’ll need to do another gluing session with hot glue to get some of the pieces to stay put.
The felt pieces for the shoulders are just sewn onto the back of the cookie pieces. For the side straps, I attached the felt to the front cookie and cut a button hole in it. Then sewed a button to each side of the back cookie so that the side straps could wrap around and attach.
The hats are just fleece sewed into rectangles, with the felt straw sewed into the seam. Lincoln’s hat has a straw, too, but it was a bit droopy in these pictures.
And, let’s be honest, I literally took more than 100 pictures of these movers and shakers in attempt to get a few good shots. That might explain why both of them looked like this by the end.
But, I got them standing side-by-side, so I win.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my inspiration for these costumes: Memories Made by Rose on Etsy; The Costume Cafe on Etsy. And, if you’re looking for some other inspiration, here’s my toddler cow costume and toddler robot costume from years past.
What was your strangest Halloween costume when you were a kid? And what are your kiddos choosing for costumes this year?
Happy all-you-can-eat candy week!