I know Halloween is only a few days away, but I promised to show you our Page Family Costume from last year, which happens to be my favorite group costume of all time…our DIY Little Mermaid costume! These were not only some of the easiest costumes we put together but definitely got the most reactions out of people. I hesitated putting them on the blog because the pictures were an afterthought and are…well…terrible. With a capital T. On fire. BUT, you asked, so here you go!
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Each year we try to pick a theme that goes along with what our kids are “into” at the time. Last year was ALL about Ariel. We watched the movie on repeat, Ariel (aka Priya in costume) graced us with her presence every. single. DAY, and we even went to The Little Mermaid play for Priya's birthday.
Thus, The Little Mermaid was the obvious family costume choice!
Here's how we put together this easy-peasy Little Mermaid Costume theme:
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This Little Mermaid costume was a piece of cake.
- Ariel costume (given to her by her Mimi, but you can find them at Costco or even on Amazon)
- Red wig from Savers (similar to THIS RED WIG)
- Sass and charm (born that way)
Hutch was initially hesitant about being Eric…until I told him he could dye his hair and carry a sword. #Boys.
- Black hair (temporary hair spray)
- White collared shirt (from home)
- Black pants (from home)
- Red scarf (from a thrift store)
- Sword (from Zurchers)
Please ignore the tantrum-ing baby in the pictures. Daivy was having one of those days!
- I couldn't find a crab costume ANYWHERE. I was in Ross Dress of Less and found a lobster PUPPY COSTUME of all things! We strapped it on her over the closest “red”, warm outfit we could find, and called it a day!
Boy, this was tricky. My Ursula outfit was the hardest to figure out. But it was worth it, for now I know that bright blue eyes and white spikey hair is a good look for me. (Wahhhhp wahhhhhhhhh.)
- I went to Savers (thrift store) and searched every rack. I finally found the right purple shirt and black dress. I cut the black dress into shreds to make room for my tentacles but otherwise it fit just fine. I also found this tiny black tulle tutu at Savers for $1 that I stuck under the dress to hide the top of my tentacles, and give a little more volume to the waist area. Seeing as how my girl Ursula is oh-so-curvy and all.
- I found a white mohawk wig and trimmed the top to make it a bit shorter. I took some of Prince Eric's black hair spray and did a light streak in the side and called it a day. Ps wigs are the WORST. So itchy! #FirstWorldProblems
- For the tentacles I bought several pair of cheap black nylons. I stuffed them with cheap bag of stuffing/batting from Joanne Fabrics (using a coupon, of course!). I stuffed the nylons and simply tucked the waistband into my pants! (Which were tight fitting black leggings.) They stayed in surprisingly well!
Hind-sight: I wish I had bought opaque tights, so the batting didn't show through. It gave it a gross cottage cheese affect that I'm just not the biggest fan of…
- I topped off the Ursula look with some dark brows, blue eyeshadow, red lipstick, and gaudy birthmark. And fierceness. Lots of fierceness.
The trickiest part of the costume was sitting down! Of course, walking wasn't too easy, either. Definitely wasn't able to trick-or-treat in this costume, the tentacles were shed in the car and I finished the night walking around like a random girl in a ripped black dress and horrible wig. It was super great. And I'm not scarred by it at all.
How good is my husband?? What a trooper! Here's how he pulled of sexy King Triton:
- The chest was a few bucks at Savers (they sell new and used items, this was a new item…thank goodness…). I still can't look the nipples in the eye. They creep me out.
- The crown and…poky…staff…thing?…(what the heck do you call it??) were a few dollars each from Zurchers. Then, I also found him gold arm cuffs in the Greek God section, but somehow he weaseled his way out of wearing them, and only ended up with one. On his arm. *enter eye roll.*
- The beard/wig combo was also new from Savers.
- His “fin” (aka extra large green women's mumu dress) was used from Savers and was mildly genius. I could NOT figure out how to make him a fin that 1) he would actually wear, and 2) that he could actually walk in! I came across this baby, but the neckline open so he could fit it over his hips, and we called it a (very lucky) day!
Oh hey, sexy Triton, making halloween pizzas for the kids! It's like seeing Gandolf in his college years…
Of course, poor little beck didn't know (or care) what role he wanted to play in our Little Mermaid costume extraveganza, so we played a bit of musical chairs. One night he wore Ollie's old shark costume from our Finding Nemo costumes. He thought that was pretty cool, I thought it was pretty easy, making him my favorite child of the day.
Then, Beck decided he wanted to be flounder (DOH!), so we dug through our old costume box, found our old “Dory” costume from our Finding Nemo costumes (aka a monster costume that we sewed makeshift fins to…), and called him Flounder. He was satisfied, so we shrugged our shoulders and went with it!
No really, just roll with it, ok??
It was such fun putting the costumes together, and everyone loved seeing our wild crew at our Church party.
Any guesses as to what our costume theme is for this year??