Fall is officially upon us and if you’re me that means you’re excited because boots, jackets, really soft sweaters, seasonal coffee options only available at this time of year, and Halloween!
Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Just because it’s fun. There are no extended family expectations or overly done up dinners to prepare, just a fun way to enjoy an evening with your kids and your community.
We host a huge party for the people in our neighborhood (so everyone can snack before they head out) and we all get dressed up and go trick-or-treating together.
This year (like every single other year he’s been in charge of costuming himself) Dude 3 is having a hard time nailing down his costume.
He wants to be all of the things and his costume wish list is longer than his Christmas wish list at the moment.
Plus, his special requests, “Mom can you sew wings on this?” And, “Mom, make sure when you make the head, you paint it a really scary green, not a soft green. I want to be scary. Not too scary. But, scary” And, “What about boots? Batman has amazing boots!”
Only, he didn’t say he wanted to Batman. He said he wanted to be Frankenstein, Emmett from the Lego Movie, Lord Business, also from the Lego Movie (he wants both so he can switch during the night), a ninja, Iron Man, Gingy (from Shrek), and a T-Rex.
This is why we always start this process early and I usually make him a few different options so he can just test them out over the course of the month.
This season, the first of my DIY Halloween Costumes out the box is Nacho Libre!
He didn’t ask for this one, it was a surprise (because my costume creation skills are way low and I couldn’t pull off T-Rex with my bare hands) and also a win because he LOVES it (and the six pack he’s convinced he has and is telling me about in this photo)…
He’s a huge fan of the movie. Like he-can-recite-all-of-the-lines-and-reenact-the-wrestling-moves huge fan.
And the hair, he’s so got the hair for it (although he sorta blows Nacho’s hair game outta the water)…
Most awesome part is the entire costume only set me back a couple of bucks and it was so easy to make…
The cape: piece of felt with a ribbon safety pinned on to keep it around his neck
The shorts: pajama bottoms we had
The leggings: we had to buy those, but they were on sale for $3 at Walmart
The mask: this is one of their replica luchador masks that we’ve had for years because we’re cool like that, but you can get a Nacho Libre costume mask on Amazon for under $15.
The knee pads: Cut the sleeves off of a shirt and tied them around his legs. Bonus: the shirt isn’t even ruined because Dude 2 cuts all of the sleeves off of all of his t-shirts in order to free up his jump shot for basketball season each year.
The boots: a neighbor bought them for him for his birthday because if his obsession with boots. He wears them at least once a week and sometimes when it rains.
The only thing left to add is the mustache, although technically the one he’s currently growing is pretty legit.
Looking for more DIY Halloween costume ideas? Try this: Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids.