If you know me I start planning for Halloween a year in advanced, sometimes I know our costumes for the next year before the Halloween ends the current year. This year has been tough for me since Cooper wants to have a say in costumes. It actually makes it super fun because I am able to watch his little personality come our and watch his face being overcome with excitement when he finds one he likes. Honestly though it makes my job a little bit harder because I am a huge fan of family costumes, and I have really been testing my brain trying to come up with family costumes for his ideas, which he changes everyday. I'm not even lying when I say everyday I think I have heard him say he is going to be a hippo, lion, alligator rhino, monkey, a giraffe, leopard, tiger, elephant, and even some of fairy he found in an add because he thought it was a peacock hehe. All I know that he will be an animal of some sort...which is pretty suiting ;)
When he first told me he wanted to be an alligator, I was feeling pretty good. I want thinking "I got this." I could go for an Alligator with a clock around it's neck, have Boone be the tiniest Captain Hook, Jared be Peter Pan, and me be Tinkerbell. It would bet he cutest family halloween costumes with our babies; I mean we are the "Lost Boys" after all
Then when he started listed his other options and I began to fear that my love for coordinated Halloween costumes was going out the window. I mean Jared and I could always be a Safari Rangers to some cute little animals, which would make for easy family Halloween costume, but I really love all the cutesy stuff.
Then the "Halloween Gods"...wait is that the devil haha... must have been watching out for me because I got one of the best phone calls in October! I was asked to work with some amazing ladies (linked below) to come up with family Halloween costumes with Shabby Apple and have amazing Halloween pictures taken by Roxana Baker Photography- I couldn't say no. I was so excited because it was the opportunity to get the best of both worlds. I had the opportunity to do my cutesy costume and on Halloween Cooper will still get to be what he chooses...if he ever does. I decided it would be easier to choose a dress and then plan my costume from there, but then I just got too many ideas (I'll post these tomorrow) and I had to take it to a vote with the best voting pool out there...my sisters! We ultimately decided on CIRCUS! I found the perfect striped dress I found the cutest lion hat for Boone from Hide and Cotton, and we already had a monkey costume in our basement from last year that no one had even worn, because last minute costumes changes are a real thing. For Me I just found a mini top hat and super glued an ostrich feather to it, and added some fun crazy tights to really give the pretty Shabby Apple dress the circus vibe. Boone's costume was quite easy! I knew I wanted him to wear overalls that's pretty much his signature thing...he's just a grandpa in an 20 month old body ;) so I ordered a cute pair from ZARA, and he already had the shirt underneath also from ZARA but his Hide and Cotton hat is what really pulled the look together. As for Cooper, his was a little bit more of a pain because we had some set backs. I ordered a him a hat and a vest to quickly transform him into a circus money; well the hat came and it didn't even fit my hat it was so large, and the red vest was actually a bright orange and I mean BRIGHT! It would have been fine if the items would have arrived on time, but they arrived the DAY of the photo shoot. With only and hour to spare before we had we leave for the shoot I called in some reinforcements and only the best! My sister Janelle, and her kids Gage, Anzlee, and Bergin. I quickly sewed up a vest and with help hot glued the details, Janelle did the cute little hat and the ring of fire was ALL their magic work; I came in from getting ready and saw what they had created and wanted to cry with happiness it was so amazing.
So even though we were down to the wire with our costumes we were able to complete it because they were such easy family Halloween costumes that anyone could do! If you want to check out more amazing easy family Halloween costumes make sure to visit the ladies I have linked below! There costumes are nothing short of amazing!! What are you being for Halloween?
Kalynn from Among The Young , Jen from By Jen Rose, Jen from Classy Cosmetics, Roxana from Roxana B Photography (the amazing photographer!), Whit from Beauty, Baby, and a Budget, Me and my lost boys , Michelle from The Mumsy Blog. Make sure to go check out their easy family halloween costumes for 2016.