2018 Halloween Costumes and Porch Decorations

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DIY Halloween costumes

Halloween has already come and gone, but I wanted to share with you the DIY costumes I made for the kids this year.

DIY Halloween costumes

DIY Woodland Bunny Costume

DIY woodland bunny costume

My oldest has had a love of bunnies for several years, but this is the first year she decided to dress up as one for Halloween.

We made it a little more mature (9 going on 19) by going the inspired woodland bunny route.  I made the ears by attaching wire to a headband and wrapping sparkly ribbon around the wire.  Flowers were then hot glued to the top of the headband.  Her faux fur vest came in super handy, and I pinned on a faux fur white pom pom bunny tail to the back.  This is great for those kids that still want to dress up a little bit, but not go crazy.

DIY Train Costume

My youngest had his Halloween costume dreamt up for quite some time.  A diesel train (specifically a BNSF) that has missiles he can shoot off the sides.  You’ve got it buddy!  It’s not going to be too long before he wants to be something gross for Halloween so I’m going to go with his cute creative ideas for as long as I can!

This train costume was made out of cardboard boxes covered in sticky backed vinyl (the type you buy for those vinyl cutting machines) and duct tape.  Craft paper and sticker numbers were for accents, and the wheels and cow catcher are made out of foam sheets.  The missiles were made out of the core that held the vinyl paper, styrofoam cones, black duct tape, and black foam sheets.  It’s attached to the side of the train with Velcro.

Halloween rain protection

Of course it ended up being super stormy Halloween night.  Rain and a cardboard Halloween costume don’t mix.  Luckily my friend came to the rescue with a clear poncho.  Halloween was saved!  The skies cleared for almost an hour while the kids ran around with their friends Trick-or-Treating before it opened up again.

Book Character Day

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Peanut Butter and Cupcake costume ideas

This was the year Izzy could no longer fit into her Alice in Wonderland costume that she wore the last four years for Book Character Day at school.  She went with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  I hot glued some leftover fabric to a headband for the ears, and used cardboard and black foam for the cookie.  Sam went as Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter and Cupcake.  His costume was made from foam padding covered in fleece.  If you haven’t heard of the story, it’s adorable!  In the end Peanut Butter finds his BFF, Jelly.

You can check out past costumes here:

2017 – Princess Leia and Shark

2016 –  Hawkgirl and Catboy

2015 – Alice in Wonderland and Steam Train

2014 – Elsa and Dragon

Halloween Porch Decorations

cute Halloween porch decorations

There wasn’t a dedicated post on our porch this year so I’ll leave you with this photo.  I’ve brought out my usual suspects, my DIY cat door hanging, striped curtains, the DIY Trick-or-Treat banner (tutorial from a BHG magazine), and the felt masks for the pumpkins (free pattern download here).  The white Jack-o-lanterns were picked up at Homegoods this year.  You can also find a tutorial for my DIY doormat here.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween this year, and that you got to steal all the good chocolate for yourself 😀

Stay tuned because I’ll be back this week with some Thanksgiving ideas!




  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    i LOVE the masks on your pumpkins- i always love your halloween entry! and look at those cuties!!! love the woodland bunny!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Those masks have saved me from having to carve pumpkins! I used to love carving, but they get so nasty so fast down here. Her woodland costume reminds me of Emmy as the woodland elf!

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