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Friday, October 28, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Tip # 31
Create a home-made Halloween costume by recycling some items in your home.

(I've posted this a day earlier than usual to allow some costume creating time!)

When I was a little trick-or-treat-er, we never wore a purchased Halloween costume.  Our costumes were always made from whatever was available around the house. 
My Mom would put me in my older sister’s flannel nightgown, give me a bottle to hold and voila, I was a "baby". My brothers seemed to always be "hobos", Mom would dig out some old worn-out clothes, sew on some material scraps for patches, mess up their hair, smear dirt on their face and out the door they would go!  Oh, and there was always the old worn out bed sheet, with two holes for eyes, instant "ghost". 

Here is a link to a site with some great ideas for "home-made" costumes
  •  Do you make your costumes from "recycled" items?
  •  As a child, what were you dressed as for Halloween?
  •  If you would like to share some ideas for recycled or green costumes, I'll post them here -
 ~ Pondside  - "...I remember wanting to be a Fortune Teller over and over again - probably because of the bright red lipstick and the hoop earrings!"
~ SuperMomWannabe -  "....My 13 yr old is making a robot costume..and we're piecing others together, witch, can-can dancer, zombie...with minimal items to pick up (mainly make up). I really wanted one of them to use balloons and cellophane to be a bag-o-jellybeans..."
~ Patricia -  "I remember making a costume out of cardboard covered with tinfoil and ... voila-the Tin Man..."
~  I'm NOT a VOLCANO! - "...Once, I was a pig- my mom took pink sweats and sewed baby bottle nipples down the front and I had a pig mask. Once, I was a mummy- white sweats and my dad safety pinned strips of muslin all over the things. Once, I was a bat, and we cut out black wings from black fabric and safety pinned them to a black hoodie. 
~  Kathy - "...One Halloween I dressed one of my girls as a nurse using a home make white cardboard cap, a cape and a white dress, another as a doll in a funny short dress with pigtails and lots of face make up, and one as an angel using a flower girls dress and home made wings..."
My Painted Porch -  "...on occasion, we were lucky enough to have a plastic mask but the rest was left up to us to find in my mom's funky closet collection (she throws nothing out!) and a whole lot of creativity."
Mom Does Reviews - "...My son made a unique combo costume this year from some of his old ones..."
Tammy - "For my daughters Medusa costume I re-used things I had around the house including the toy snakes for her hair. For my son's angry bird costume I had to by some material, but I used old pillows for the stuffing for it..."
Michelle -  "I remember possibly being a hobo. My mom sewed a ballerina costume for me once..."

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

Monica    

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23 Comments:

At October 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Pondside said...

That's how we did it too. I remember wanting to be a Fortune Teller over and over again - probably because of the bright red lipstick and the hoop earrings!

 
At October 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM , Blogger SuperMomWannabe said...

Yeah! I am encouraging my kids to be creative this year too. My 13 yr old is making a robot costume..and we're piecing others together, witch, can-can dancer, zombie...with minimal items to pick up (mainly make up). I really wanted one of them to use balloons and cellophane to be a bag-o-jellybeans but they didn't think the idea was as cool as I did. :) stopping by from alexa hop. http://www.SupermomWannabe.com

 
At October 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Patricia said...

I remember making a costume out of cardboard covered with tinfoil and ... voila-the Tin Man. Oh, yeah, it might be interesting to note that the costume was for my HUSBAND... it was an adult party and we all had fun... !!

 
At October 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger May said...

When i was a child, my mum dresses me up as a little princess. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Visited your site from alexa and found out that i have already left a comment long time ago. So is time to look around.

 
At October 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Cheryl Roth said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog, I'm following you back. Looks like we had the same experiences as kids with Halloween. Thanks a bunch for the review too, I'll hop over there and review yours as well.

 
At October 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM , Blogger I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

I don't remember being terribly "Green" about my halloween costumes when I was a kid, but I never wore anything I bought until college, when I bought my first slutty looking french maid costume. LOL.

I had really creative parents. And we live in utah, so those bought costumes were too cold. We needed costumes that we could be bundled in. A lot of the time, they were made around a certain colored sweat pants/shirt combo. Once, I was a pig- my mom took pink sweats and sewed baby bottle nipples down the front and I had a pig mask. Once, I was a mummy- white sweats and my dad safety pinned strips of muslin all over the things. Once, I was a bat, and we cut out black wings from black fabric and safety pinned them to a black hoodie. You know. that kind of thing. Warm and home made. In high school, I did a lot of vampire stuff- black lacey dresses and goth makeup. Hahah.

I'm here from MBS alexa hop. I'm following you on GFC and I'm off to leave you an alexa review. I'd love a follow and review back. Thanks!
Brae

 
At October 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Mom Fashion World said...

Great post! This is a good way to save money as well.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments!
I'm now following you back via GFC. With the alexa review, thank you very much but I don't know how it works. I'm new at it. Maybe you could help me how it works. Thanks!

 
At October 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Mom Fashion World said...

P.S. I figured out how to write a review now on Alexa.
I gave you 5star there.

 
At October 29, 2011 at 2:26 AM , OpenID africa18 said...

already following and button is on my blog!!
left a review and hoping you can do the same for me!!
Oh yeah hopping over from the alexa blog hop! :)

 
At October 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

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At October 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

Those were the fun days of dressing up. You were, whatever happened to be available to put together. It forced you to be creative.
One Halloween I dressed one of my girls as a nurse using a home make white cardboard cap, a cape and a white dress, another as a doll in a funny short dress with pigtails and lots of face make up, and one as an angel using a flower girls dress and home made wings.
We had our own 'tickle trunk' in the basement we used for many years. Now the little 'angel' has her own 'tickle trunk' full of home made costumes.

 
At October 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger My Painted Porch said...

So glad to have found you Monica! I love your blog and this posting! I had this very conversation with my 4 yr old (also have a 24 yr old :-) yesterday morning while getting her dressed in her Tinker Bell costume for her school party. She had asked me what I dressed up as at Halloween when I was a kid. Not sure that one could give any of our get-ups a definite identity, I did tell her that on occasion, we were lucky enough to have a plastic mask but the rest was left up to us to find in my mom's funky closet collection (she throws nothing out!) and a whole lot of creativity. I miss those times and all they forced us to call up on. I hope you'll stop by my website and sign up for our blog...there's a prize! Would love to have you!

 
At October 29, 2011 at 11:12 PM , Blogger Mom Does Reviews said...

Following you on GFC and left you an alexa reviews.
My son made a unique combo costume this year from some of his old ones, so funny.
Please visit my blog: http://momdoesreviews.com

 
At October 30, 2011 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Nina Kunni said...

following you back on twitter, GFC and liking you on facebook with a 5 star review. thanks for following. You have great blog going here.

 
At October 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Blogger The Budget Diet said...

Visiting from Stir, Stitch and Straighten! Great ideas, and I have a few more for you: Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

 
At October 31, 2011 at 6:40 AM , Blogger Sandy said...

Thanks for this informative post. In case you haven't heard, Recyclebank has just teamed up with Greenopolis! Now you can earn both Recyclebank and Greenopolis points everytime you recycle. Check out this video-- I learned about the news here. http://youtu.be/TGSDH4L_qHA

 
At October 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Tania B said...

Great post! thanks for stopping by Horseshoes. I am already a follower of yours - keep up the great work! Yeah, pencils just don't cut it on Hallowe'en do they?

 
At October 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

For my daughters Medusa costume I re-used things I had around the house including the toy snakes for her hair. For my son's angry bird costume I had to by some material, but I used old pillows for the stuffing for it. Thanks for stopping by!

 
At October 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

I remember possibly being a hobo. My mom sewed a ballerina costume for me once, which I loved. I don't like buying pre-made costumes b/c then there's the chance that there are hundreds of others out there that look just like you in your own neighborhood!

 
At October 31, 2011 at 1:55 PM , Blogger myshelomitashop said...

Nice tip! I enjoyed reading this :), I landed from MBS Alexa hop and just left a review for you. I am also your new follower on GFC and after this will hit your twitter button to follow. I hope you will visit me back at http://cutecoconut.com and do the same for me :)

 
At October 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Tirza @ Canadian Mommy Giveaways said...

Following you back from the "We are Canadian Blog Hop". Thanks for stopping by!

 
At October 31, 2011 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Congratulations on the 1000 mark!!! Wow!

 
At November 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM , Blogger Ann Mullen said...

My son always came up with his own costume. He might buy make-up at the store, but the rest was pure artistic genius.

 

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