Creating the Perfect Halloween Costume

A lamp…yes, it’s true! My mom did send me trick-or-treating as a lamp when I was eight! After years of wanting to wear the same costume year-after-year, Halloween slipped up on us and my beloved costume no longer fit. My mom quickly collected materials from around the house and soon I was dressed like a lamp! Luckily, that year, I was more focused on getting candy than really caring about how ridiculous I looked or how it would sound years later; maybe that was a good thing! 

When it comes to creating the perfect Halloween costume for your child or your family, my philosophy is ‘use what you’ve got!’ This philosophy reminds me that I don’t have to be a Seamstress or a Super-Crafter to create a great Halloween costume, I just have to know what my giftings are and use them; simple as that! The best part is that you can create ‘the perfect’ costume on a small budget; as there is bound to be a ‘costume’ lying around your home and you don’t even know it! 

This Halloween season, I’m going to give you a ‘insider’s look’ at how The Cheerios and Lattes family created the PERFECT Quick & Easy Halloween costumes for our family this year!

Creating themed family costumes are a great way to build memories and have fun together this Halloween season. They are prefect for a family Halloween party, church fall festivals, and for trick-or-treating. In our home as of lately, our boys are always dressing up in old costumes from our costume box. I came to the realization early that Big Brother especially, would probably change his mind about one hundred times before Halloween evening as to ‘who’ he wanted to be. Luckily, we have a costume box full of our old costumes and other inexpensive costumes we’ve inherited from friends or collected from sales, that he can choose out of (as long as he doesn’t outgrow them all).

As I tell you about how we came up with, and created our family costume, I wanted to share with you some tips that helped us along the way…

1. Find Your Inspiration 

You can find inspiration all over: Pinterest, magazines, TV shows, etc. Take some time to figure out what your theme is for your costumes, or what you want your family costume to be. When looking for ideas, make sure that you keep in mind what you’re good at. If you aren’t great at sewing, then a pattern for how to sew a Peter Pan costume is probably not a good idea. However, if you love to glue and put crafts together, then something that uses your talents would be a great idea. Don’t forget to take into consideration what event you will be wearing your costumes for and the possible weather conditions if you will be outside.

Our inspiration came from a cute S’more family costume we saw last year on Pinterest. We loved the idea and knew it would fit our family perfectly. Neither my husband nor I are great at sewing. As a result, we stayed away from anything that would require more than a single needle and thread. However, my husband is good at creating different things from cardboard or wood (check out the train he made for our oldest’s 2nd birthday party). I knew that he would enjoy cutting up some boxes and making the our costumes.

Creating our Graham Crackers

2. Search Your Home for Available Materials

Some of the most creative costumes can come from items you have lying around the house. A colander and pipe cleaners can become the head of an alien, a T-shirt can become a Super Hero Cape. Be creative and let your imagination wander, but most importantly, have fun with it. You may be surprised with what you come up with.

For our family costume, all we had to find were some boxes that we could use to paint the costumes on. Our costume is nothing fancy, but having the boxes lying around made it easy to begin the process of making the costume.

Creating Our HERSHEY’s Bar

3. Head to the Store to Pick Up Any Needed Supplies/Materials

Once you’ve looked around to find the different items that you’ll be using from around the house, it’s time to start making a list of the materials you’ll need from the store. Make sure that you double check to see that you aren’t buying anything that you already have (I’m definitely known for doing this). I love using supplies that I might be able to reuse later for another project!

Our costumes were simple enough that we didn’t need to buy many materials. As a family, we don’t like to spend money frivolously, and because of that, we decided to make our list and then go to Walmart together and make a fun event out of searching for supplies. None of the items we needed were hard to find. 

Creating Our Marshmallow

(small inexpensive pillow cushions and velcro)

4. Designate Jobs (Kid-Friendly and Adult Jobs)

Part of the fun of making a family costume is getting your kids to help you with it. Doing so makes the costume making a family affair. Don’t be afraid of having to ‘clean up’ a mistake or mess while doing this. Perfection is not the goal of the costume. The goal is to be intentional about family and spending time together.

For our costumes, we had both of our boys help us by painting the cardboard pieces that we had cut out. They actually did a great job without making a mess (well, at least nothing a few paper towels won’t clean up. All in all, it was a fun time and Big Brother loved feeling apart of the project. 

5. Relax and Have Fun (It doesn’t have to be perfect!)

As I mentioned above, it doesn’t have to be perfect by anyone else’s standard but yours! It’s supposed to be a great time to bond as a family. Use this time to have fun together as a family and create some great memories. If you are doing a family themed costume, then it’s great to allow some of the costume to reflect the personality of the person wearing it (even if that means it might get a little messed up).

For our costume, our oldest wanted to be the HERSHEY’s chocolate bar, and it made sense to allow our youngest to be a marshmallow. My husband and I were the natural choices for the graham crackers. This completed our S’more’s Treat themed costume. 

Our PERFECT Halloween Costume!

‘Combining’ ALL the Ingredients!

But of course, no S’more Costume is complete without a little S’more’s Treat!

{The perfect sweet treat for visitors to your Halloween party or your trick-ot-treaters!}

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I am participating in the HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. campaign via Mom Bloggers Club. This post was sponsored by HERSHEY’S. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: Creating The Perfect Halloween Costume on a Budget, for more great ideas! 

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  1. I love the s’mores costume! I want to do a family costume – ours would be goldilocks and the three bears (my husband, myself, and my youngest are all brunettes and my 4 year old is blonde).

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  4. We love Hershey bars! My mom made use go as a family of ghost one year. It was our only home made costumes. I am thinking of making me nine month olds costume.

  5. Love the costumes! I haven’t decided on ours yet.

  6. Very cute costumes & family!

  7. I so wish I could find a picture of you as the lamp! It was my favorite quick and easy costume and we have had soooo many fun memories and laughs about it! BUT YOU DID LOOK AWESOME!!!! Ok, I am not quite as creative and crafty as my daughter so I think it was the next year I bought her a telephone costume!
    So proud of this family and they look awesome as a smore!!!!!!!
    Love you!!
    Maybe next year you could be a chandelier!?!? Or a table with lamps and candles??? Ok, I will keep thinking!!!!
    Maybe firemen will be the answer!

  8. that is hilarious and adorable!

  9. I love all of your creative and simple ideas. I love borrowing your fun ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Amanda! Borrow away, how flattering it is when people actually use my ideas! :) I love pics, so please send me a pic when you make something on C&L so I can share you! :)

  10. I love this idea. Our church is doing a Trunk or Treat outreach. I might try to adapt this to work! Thanks.

  11. What a fantastic costume! Thanks for the giveaway. I hope you plan to link this up at!

  12. What a cute idea!!!

  13. This is an awesome costume idea! My mom was really good at costumes when I was growing up, she made me a neat costume that looked like an old lady carrying a baby on her back. It’s hard to describe, but it was really cool!

  14. Love love love this family costume idea!! May have to “borrow” it–we have the same “ingredients” in our home! 😉
    One of my favorite Hershey products is the Special Dark Chocolate Chips! And I remember my mom dressing me as a pink bunny for Halloween, made with pink tights and leotard, bunny ears headband, pinned-on cotton tail and a drawn-on-with-eyeliner nose and whiskers. :)

  15. What great costumes! So simple but creative! Love, love Hersheys, I grew up 2 hours away from Hershey PA. Nothing beats an old fashioned hershey bar.

  16. This is awesome, I pinned it! :)

  17. My favorite is Peanut Butter Cups and I never had a homemade costume as my mother could not sew at all.

  18. This is such a cute idea! I really love family theme costumes and you guys are adorable!! Great idea Mackenzie!

  19. OMG. This is just so cute that—I can’t even…….Thank you for linking up at Whimsy Wednesdays with The NY Melrose Family and Smart! School {House}

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  20. What a wonderful family costume! It would be perfect for our family of 4 and my 9yo son is a chocolate fanatic and my little girl is a marshmallow freak!! Thanks for a “sweet” idea!!!

  21. So cute, I just love it!

  22. I love cookies and cream Hersheys. I was a tree for halloween once. People gave me extra candy for it!

  23. So freakin’ adorable! Yummy! These are one of my favorite costumes, now! I also saw a really cool Mr & Mrs Potato Head Costume today which I totally LOVE!

  24. Featuring this on One Artsy Mama tomorrow! I heart Reese’s Pieces! And Twizzlers…most people don’t know they are Hershey. My fave homemade costume was when I dressed like I did back in the 80s.

  25. I {LOVE} this Mackenzie!!!!!

  26. Oh my gosh!!! This is the best family costume ever!!! I love it:-)

  27. hahaha that really cute! weird how i see my teachers on here do :)

  28. I’m so excited to feature this fantastic costume on Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. (I’m also super excited to get my Hershey prize in the mail. Thanks again for the giveaway!

  29. Thank you for submitting to RACostumes :) LOVE this one :) It’s going up on May 9th!


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