Happy Halloween! This is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. But since having a family, I fell in love with it even more. I plot and plan my family costumes a solid year in advance, but I don’t “go big”. Instead I go minimal and classic.
The best costumes are either elaborate and current (we had the cutest Tiger King and Carol Baskins at our mini COVID-style costume party) or classic. I prefer the latter. My favorite kind of costume uses real clothes with bits of costume pieces. It doesn’t waste money and it’s easy to come up with a traditional costume combo.
The first DIY family costume we did was the Wizard of Oz and there are very few pictures. But I was the scarecrow (with a flannel shirt & a hat from Target), Dad was the Tin Man (with a gray long sleeved tee, gray pants, and a DIY tin foil hat 🥴, and baby girl was a 6 month old Dorothy (with a makeshift gingham dress from a tablecloth).
In 2017 we went as The Flintstones and I made these costumes out of t-shirts, felt, and ping pongs for under $20. I love them and reused them, but they are strictly costumes so I’m glad it was cheap AF.
The last couple of years were kinda crazy (Pebbles made a reappearance in 2018 and I indulged my babygirl’s desire to be Skye in 2019) but with quarantine virtually cancelling any trick-or-treat plans, I used it as an excuse to dress my family up again.
Classy, Minimal Neverland family costumes for 4
Halloween Costumes are like Bridesmaids dresses… you’re never going to wear them again.
Since I’m really into not wasting money, those bagged costumes from typical costume shops drive me crazy. They are such low quality (itchy, barely fitting) and wildly overpriced ($30-$60). And I never love them. It’s always a disappointing rendition. They try… and they fail…
For that reason I love costumes that can incorporate clothes I already have. They are my favorite!
We are now a family of 2 boys and 2 girls and we went dropped an income stream. It was obvious that we needed a Peter Pan, a Wendy, a Tinkerbell, and a Captain Hook. Since I know Dad, I knew there was no way he was going for Peter Pan. Also he has the perfect complexion for a Captain Hook. So that was decided.
Captain Hook costume
We live in the Tampa Bay area and have Gasparilla every year so we needed pirate costume essentials around here. If you know, you know… If you don’t, it’s a Pirate themed parade lol. Lots of bead throwing and booze drinking. Finally we have the two essentials to wear on that chilly (~70 degrree) January day!
1 plain button down
Pirate Hat ($14)
hook (optional, not functional)
Minimal Tinker bell costume
The biggest issue was figuring out who was going to be Tinkerbell because… wings. Obviously I let her decide, but she was wishy-washy between Wendy and Tinkerbell (???). I am still surprised by that, so I shopped for both alternatives and included them in my Neverland Fam Idea List on Amazon.
shoe Pom poms ($16)
Something super green!
Shockingly, she wasn’t interested. I’m still in denial. Say hello to Tinkerbell and my mini Peter Pan.
Simple Wendy Darling costume
Wendy Darkling is my new favorite simple, last minute costume. A basic blue dress and some darker blue ribbon is all you need. Throw the ribbon in your hair and around your waist and you’re DONE.
blue dress (cap sleeves, preferably) ($22)
dark blue ribbon ($7)
Baby Peter Pan costume
This year we added a FOURTH to our crew. I was pregnant and we confirmed it was a baby boy in early May. I knew he had to be my sweet little never-grow-up Peter Pan. And that idea was cemented when I was filling up my baby registry on Amazon and saw this little number. (It’s a 3-pack, but I had my eyes on the all green one!) The sweetest little collar for a sweet little boy.
DIY felt Peter Pan hat
I attempted to DIY this little hat with about $1 worth of felt. I didn’t try too hard and eyeballed it because I knew he would only wear it for a couple pictures.
Like I said, I tried lol. This took under 10 minutes of cutting and hand stitching. I had purchased more felt with the intention of making a little belt, too!
But being in Florida and reminding myself that I have a newborn and his costume is obvious enough kept me from feeling like an underachiever 😉
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