Pumpkin patches, apple cider donuts and a crispness in the morning air are evidence that fall is right around the corner in my little patch of the woods. With that comes the anticipation of the fast approaching holiday season and some anxiety as I think of all I hope, want, and need to accomplish.
So, if Halloween costume inspiration is one of your current stressors, then check out this costume roundup. Some costumes included require a little bit of effort and others you can throw together the night before a party.
Most are inexpensive and require few materials beyond what you already own. Additionally, these costumes are easy to modify, simplify and adapt to your own family’s needs.
Whether you’re a Halloween fanatic or feeling a sense of dread about October 31st this costume roundup goes ‘out on a limb’ to inspire you with ideas for a fun, low stress, outdoor–themed Halloween.
And let me put in a little caveat that you should not be surprised if “The Entomologist & His Bug Collection” make a repeat appearance this year! When I lack the motivation to get to a craft store and no lightning bolt strikes me with an “original” idea then I love to recycle a costume from previous years with a few added bells and whistles (your next-door neighbors will never know and your child will still come home with too much candy).
Creepy Crawly Critters:
Entomologist & Bug Collection
How cute is this family (which happens to be team member, Stephanie) of bugs + entomologist?!! Just add wings!
Slimy Snail Costume
We love this super easy and affordable costume…and finally something to do with all that packing paper! Can be used for kids and adults of all ages/sizes.
Beekeeper & Bumblebee
Is there really anything cuter?? I love that they really only bought one costume (for that cute bee) and then threw some netting over wide brimmed hats. Easy and so awesome.
Wings really do make any costume that much better. These felt ones are super easy to make and you can customize them to the colors your child loves. Plus they are super fun for after Halloween too!
Caterpillar & Butterfly
Want to up the butterfly game just a bit? Grab a younger sibling and make them a caterpillar! Again, an easy tutorial that works for kids of all ages!
Boys (and girls) often want to be something scary – why not trade the Grimm Reaper for a little spider instead? Easy, no sew tutorial!
Make some fake antlers, dress in brown and add a cute tail and you can easily pass as a deer. Or make your cute little dear a deer!
A cute little woodland fairy sure beats a glitter fairy (if not for the mess if anything!!) Just add leaves, lots of leaves!
Trees & Flowers
There’s something about trees and flowers that make costumes just a little more magical. This blog post (linked to the photos) has some other great ones too!
Camping & Fishing:
Celebrate camping all fall too! What a fun and easy box costume!
Easiest, best costume. Suspenders, flannel and beards. Bring your own firewood!
I personally LOVE this one. Only way to improve it? Add a marshmallow on a stick hat!
Fisherman & Fish
How cute is this??!? Perfect for kids of all ages.
There is really nothing that says American camping more than S’mores. Add a little campfire and you’re set!
Headlamp always makes any costume 100% better. Actually headlamps just make LIFE better!
Park Ranger & Smoky Bear
Yes, yes, yes. Way to represent our National Parks!
Super easy costume….just add blood to make it even more halloweeny.
Birds & Birdwatchers
I love this great and easy costume from team member, Jackie! A couple cute birds and those that watch them.
Stephanie is a South Idaho native but currently lives in Columbia, MO with her husband, Jayson, and gang of girls—Clara (6), Mckinlay (4), and Ruth (1). As a family of 5 they enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, camping, traveling, backpacking and being silly. Like many others they’re trying to balance the complexities of work and family life. They’ve found that time slows down when they’re outside adventuring together and appreciate the simplicity and beauty they find there. Find them on their brand new Instagram: @switchbacksandsingletrack
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