I've noticed a lot of traffic to the blog with people looking for my Kristoff Costume post. I am guessing this means that folks are starting to think about halloween costumes! Who can blame them? Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, hands down, and I've started working on the girls' costumes, too. Those aren't ready to post about yet, so in the meantime I thought I'd go back into my photo archives and find some great old projects to share!
In 2013 we planned a trip to Disney for a group of 9 (our family of four, my cousin's family of four, and my mom). The trip happened to fall over Halloween because of the older kids' school schedules. I convinced my cousin and his kids to let me pick a group-themed halloween costume for us all to wear to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. This was much harder than I realized at first, since we had a huge range of ages and sizes and I wanted to choose something that everyone would feel good about. At first I thought maybe we could do the Rockford Peaches baseball team, but the costumes available online were prohibitively expensive.
In hindsight, I probably ended up spending more on raw materials + effort and should have just bought the costumes! All my DIY projects should begin with the caveat "Buy it if you can!" But, I digress.
Ultimately, I landed on the idea of a box of crayons with spray-painted t-shirts and fancy hats.
Each person was responsible for choosing their color and finding their t-shirt and sending it to me. For my family we went to our favorite clothing thriftstore (where I also got the raw material for Kristoff's Costume). They have all the clothes sorted by color and size and were able to get all our shirts for under $5.
For the Crayola emblem, I did a reverse-knock out. To do this I bought some cheap felt alphabet sets from Micheals and cut an oval out of some spare cardboard. Even though I thought I was being very careful I ended up with lots of overspray anyway! For the color name I used sharpie and a Papyrus stencil (also from Micheals). All told, I spraypainted 18 Crayola logos. The only one that didn't work out was Navy Blue because the shirt was too dark... but, if you look really close, it's there I promise!
The raw material for the hats came from my favorite anything thrift store (not to be confused with my favorite clothing thrift store which is a bit of a hike from my house, my favorite anything thrift store is only a few blocks away and always seems to have what I need!) It just so happened that I stopped by the thrift store for something entirely different and found vintage hats in most of the colors that I needed for our costumes! Pink, Green, Brown, Hot Pink, and yellow! All in one trip! For the other colors, I did have to do some shopping at the halloween stores (the teal wig, the race car hat, and the blue top hat were all purchased new, but everything else came from the thrift store for under $2 each!) I found cardboard witches hats at Micheals for $1.99ea and cut the brim off to make the crayon tips.
Each hat was it's own creation. I have the table laid out with raw material and sewing scraps and paint and hot glue guns. A good friend came over a few nights to help with the hats and the tshirt, what a life saver! There really was no plan, it was mostly improve. A lot of "ooh, that looks cute, glue that there!" and "I wish we had some more ribbon, let me go look in the box". I was really impressed with how they all came out--- better than I expected!
Did you know that you can mail yourself a box when you are staying at a Disney resort and they'll put it up in your room for you when you arrive? That's how I got all the hats down to Disney without ruining them! My girls had had a hand in making their hats, but for my cousin's family they were a big surprise and since we arrived early to the hotel I had the opportunity to lay them out on each of their beds before they got there--- my only little bit of Mousekeeping magic, if you will.
On the night of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party we were unfortunately running very late to dinner and by the time we got out it was dark and everyone was in a hurry to get to the attractions they most wanted to ride. My one regret is that we didn't get a really great photo of us all together in our costumes. But we did have a fun scavenger hunt throughout the night where everyone had to find and get their picture taken with something of their crayon color! Check it out!
I really wish I'd taken better pictures of the hats before we left with proper lighting but I forgot all about it! At least I took a minute and grabbed photos in the hotel room because the hats were all left behind. Except for my teal one, that is!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, it's pretty much impossible to get a good group shot with nine people. Honestly. Ah well!