I was really excited about the kids Halloween costumes this year. I have been wanting to do this theme for several years.
If you are a long-time reader, you know I love a theme! In fact, we’ve always been able to talk the kids into it. From Flynn Rider and Pascal to the easy cat, bat and spider. Then there was the Toy Story year followed by the free Ninjas. We stepped in up a bit the next year with a family of Star Wars characters and last year’s Breakfast Club. Just what could we be this year??
The answer was simple and one I’ve been wanting to do for years. The Wizard of Oz!!
These were actually really simple to do. And a huge hit around the neighborhood.
This little guy, such a ham! The perfect scarecrow!
All I did for this was make a hat out of felt. I basically used this blog as inspiration. It’s held together with hot glue. Nothing fancy.
I also made his vest. It was just a shot in the dark really, but since it was a scarecrow, it didn’t have to look perfect. Pieces of scrap fabric were sewn on and that was that.
The hay was really raffia. It was PERFECT. I duct taped it to the inside of the clothing. It wasn’t itchy and was easily removed. His burlap sack held his candy.
The other clothes are his regular stuff.
This is my particular child. I wanted to make some kind of tin looking torso part out of posterboard. But he wasn’t having that. So we settled for a gray shirt and pants from Walmart. Technically the Tin Man doesn’t have his heart yet, but I thought it needed a bit of color.
The ax was made from cardboard and tin foil. The funnel hat is literally a funnel spray-painted and held on via elastic around his chin.
The oil can. Now THAT was my most exciting find! I racked my brain on what to use for this. My mom suggested a watering can, which would have been great but I couldn’t find one this time of year. I was in a random thrift store looking for a basket (for Dorothy) and decided to scan the aisles for something, anything that remotely looked like an oil can. And then I found this beauty. Actually, it was blue. I have no idea what it actually is, but with a little spray paint, it was exactly what I needed. It was also $.79. Score! This was what held his candy.
Oh the beloved Dorothy. Her costume was actually pretty easy, but it’s the only one that required a bit of sewing. I actually followed the directions from this blog post for a pinafore. Obviously adjusting it for her size and just doing one color. Originally I was going to do this one, which is all one piece. But in the end, this worked out better since it was chilly and she could wear long-sleeves. (She also wore tights and socks on Halloween night.)
The basket was found at a thrift store and spray-painted (it was an Easter basket). It’s what held her candy. The dog is something she already had.
The shoes- well, it’s what makes the outfit. Walmart sells them (I think Target does too). Originally I was going to buy some cheap shoes and glitter them. But when I priced it out, buying the shoes and glitter was the same price as buying the actual shoes. So I opted with the “less work” option.
As for a cost breakdown, I once again came out fairly cheap.
Scarecrow– $0. I didn’t have to buy anything.
Tin Man- $10.29. I bought everything except the stuff to make the ax. Shirt/Pants $9. Funnel $.50 Oil Can .$79
Dorothy- $15.50. Fabric $5. Shoes $10. Basket $.50
Total $25.79 for 3 costumes. I say that’s pretty good! (Yes, all this does take time. But I enjoy doing it.)
I love Halloween and love easy, homemade costumes are my favorite. After all- it’s only one night. Why break the bank for it???