And so, after spending a year feeling guilty about dropping waaaaay too much money in the stupid Halloween store — and coming to the conclusion that DIY costumes aren’t always cheaper — I present to you … our sorta-bought, sorta-DIY Harry Potter costumes …
I figured the robe would be a breeze since I sew clothes all of the time, but … no. I took measurements and progress pictures in case I was going to share a full tutorial on it, but it didn’t fit D well in the shoulders and I’m not happy with how it turned out. Oh well. It was wearable, at least.
It was super easy, as you can see in the photos. I just taped the broom head to the end of the stick (with the clear packing tape) and then wrapped the whole thing with two rolls of brown wood-grain tape. Could have used a third roll but the clearance section at the craft store wasn’t very forthcoming.
D didn’t bring it trick-or-treating, thankfully. MOM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CARRYING THAT THING AROUND. But he likes zooming around the house on it.
Annabelle was going as Dobby the house elf, whether she liked it or not. (She did not.) I just ripped up a scrap of white fabric to be the “pillowcase” Dobby wears before he’s freed, and knotted it around her front. Then I ripped a small hole for the loop of her harness, and she was good to go. She happily trick-or-treated with us for the full two hours. Some people thought she was a ghost. Eh.
As for me? I was Rita Skeeter, the evil reporter! (The kids wanted me to be Professor McGonagall but it felt too boring.)
I can’t believe this was my ninth Halloween dressing up with the kids! (SEE THE PREVIOUS YEARS’ COSTUMES HERE) D is already saying he wants to be a vampire or a biker next Halloween, so who knows what I’ll be. Maybe something with a large box? That sounds uncomforable but also cool?
Happy (belated) Halloween!