DIY Lucy van Pelt Costume + Movie Themed Halloween Ideas

If you’re in need of a simple DIY costume for your child (or yourself) look no further then this DIY Lucy van Pelt costume! With a simple blue dress, some black felt, and some glue, you can have a costume put together in minutes.

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I love Halloweentime. The change of the weather, the fun excitement of choosing and making a costume, and the fun parties and treats that come out at this time of the year. I feel like it kicks off the whole holiday season with a bang! When trying to figure out what to dress my youngest as this year (the other two are choosing their own costumes) I thought back to my oldest’s first Halloween when we dressed him up as Charlie Brown. And I wanted to recreate the simplicity of his costume for my youngest. 

Just like her siblings, Norah does not like confining clothes or “dress up” costumes. So we are always cognizant of this when choosing costumes for Halloween. By turning normal clothes into a costume, she’s none the wiser that she’s dressed up and it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) for mama! This DIY Lucy van Pelt costume cost less than $20 and most of it was spent on the dress that we can reuse again. 

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I was able to pair up with Norah’s costume and created a Peanuts Teacher sign to carry around so I was “in costume” as well as the Peanuts Teacher. My husband made a shirt for himself when Ethan was Charlie Brown and simply wrote Wah Wah Wah Wah all over it. It was the perfect pairing for a child/parent costume. 

If you’re looking for a great base for a DIY costume, check out Primary.com’s selection of dresses, shirts, skirts, pants and shorts in solid colors that will match whatever you’re trying to put together! We were able to grab a blue dress for Norah and a yellow shirt for my son to recreate his Charlie Brown costume for our on-air appearance on The CW Channel 6’s San Diego Living segment yesterday. 

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DIY Lucy van Pelt Costume

What you’ll need:

  • prewashed blue dress
  • white socks
  • 1 sheet black felt
  • no sew glue
  • cardboard square
  • black sharpie

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What you do: 

1. Grab your felt and scissors and cut out two small circles with a line connecting them similar to the photo below (or you can do what we did for our Baymax sock rice packs and grab some buttons and felt). 

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2. Add glue to back of felt making sure to get close but not on the edges. 

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3. Glue felt pieces to middle of shirt and let dry completely. Secure with 1-2 stitches in either circle if you plan on washing the dress afterwards. 

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4. If you don’t have saddleback shoes for your little one, re-create Lucy’s look by cutting out a black felt strip and gluing to white socks to give the appearance of saddleback shoes. Or, if you have white shoes, use a sharpie or felt to cover and look like saddleback shoes. If you’re wearing shoes, pair with white socks. 

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5. Make an Advice sign similar to what Lucy uses in the cartoon by cutting out a small rectangular hole in a square cardboard piece and writing on it in sharpie. 

Enjoy! 

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Movie Themed Halloween Ideas

Looking for more great Halloween-movie themed ideas for this Halloween? Check out these amazing San Diego blogger creations featured on the same segment:  

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For more great movie ideas for the holidays and beyond, please check out my friend Suzette Valle’s book, 101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up. It’s a great place to start when thinking of great movies for the kids to see. And to find out what you’ve missed and need to catch up on! 

Charlie Brown Halloween Costume for Baby

You can find our original DIY Charlie Brown Costume post here. Perfect for a family costume idea – Charlie Brown, Lucy, and parents as teachers! You can print your own Peanuts Teacher Wah Wah sign here

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Who is your favorite Peanuts character? 

Looking for more movie night ideas? Check out these great posts! 

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Movie Night Popcorn Bark

5 Reasons To Be Thankful For Summer + an outdoor movie night idea on a trampoline with blankets and pillows

Outdoor Movie Night On A Trampoline

Family Movie Night Snack Recipes and Superhero Spread

Family Movie Night Snack Recipes

Homemade Microwavable Ranch Popcorn in a Bag ready to enjoy

Homemade Microwavable Popcorn

 

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This post was originally featured on October 12th, 2016

10 Easy DIY Baby Costumes

10 Easy DIY Baby Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and I cannot wait! Not only because it’s Halloween but it’s my youngest’s first Halloween. I love the holidays with a new baby! So many fun things to experience and do. I remember my oldest’s first Halloweentime. He absolutely loved the pumpkin patches, carving his first pumpkin (and eating the raw squash inside), and the fun party we went to with his friend.

In the spirit of Halloween, I love making my kids costumes most years. Sometimes they’re more difficult than others. However for the first Halloween? I love simple! Because babies don’t need a crazy, bulky, uncomfortable costume for their first Halloween. Here’s a list of easy baby costumes for your little one’s first Halloween!

10 Easy DIY Baby Costumes

Easy DIY Charlie Brown from Simmworks Family

DIY Infant Cupcake from Simmworks Family

DIY Fabric Tutu Lion Costume from SlapDash Mom

No-Sew DIY Elmo Halloween Costume from Do Try This at Home

Where The Wild Things Are Costumes from Tried & True

Easy DIY Infant Bear Costume from It Happens in a Blink

Baby Shark Costume from At Home with Sweet T

DIY Cute Little Bee Costume from At Home with Sweet T

A Robber (parent or older sibling) and A Bag of Money (baby) from Domestic Imperfection

DIY Infant Mermaid Costume from The Pinning Mama

DIY Infant Cupcake Costume: An Easy Way For Baby To Dress Up

Looking for a cute costume for your baby? This DIY cupcake costume is a no-sew option that is absolutely perfect for baby. 

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One thing I’ve never been a fan of are big, awkward costumes for babies and little kids. I like something that’s breathable, moveable, and comfortable. Because each of my little ones has been mobile around the time their first Halloween came around, I’ve chosen to either make or purchase simple costumes that feel more like clothes than costumes for the little ones. My son was Charlie Brown for his first Halloween and my oldest daughter was a sushi roll.

 

This year is Norah’s first Halloween and just like her older brother and sister, I want her costume to be just as comfortable to move around with. However I got a little excited last year and purchased a cupcake costume on clearance after Halloween. The cupcake costume is simple but comes with a little hat. Since I wasn’t sure if she’d care for the costume, I decided to make a onesie to match. That way if we need to take her costume off at any point during the festivities we partake in, she’ll still be in costume! And? It was SO simple to make.

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After heading to the store for some diapers, I was perusing the costumes and Halloween items they had up front and found the most adorable ghost onesie that would be perfect to match the cupcake costume! It’d just take a little felt and some hot glue to turn it into a cute cupcake onesie. The other onesies they had there would also be great for alternative costumes to wear under big costumes.

I started with making a cute pom out of red yarn to attach to a headband to act as a cherry on top to complete her outfit. Since I know she’ll wear a headband as long as she forgets about it, I thought this would be perfect for her costume as well in case she doesn’t wear the hat that came with it. Making poms out of yarn is super simple! Here’s how:

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Easy DIY Pom Ball

What you’ll need: 

  • yarn
  • scissors
  • fingers

What you do: 

1. Take 2-3 fingers (depending on the size you want the pom to be) and wrap the yarn around your fingers a few times. More if you want a thicker pom, less if you want a thinner pom. Make sure to leave a tail on either end that’s about 3 inches long.

2. Take the wrapped yarn off your fingers and wrap in the center with the end of the yarn. Tie both ends together to secure the pom with a knot or two.

3. Cut the loops in each side and fluff up. Using the scissors, even up the pom so it’s somewhat level all around. Leave the ends longer so you can tie to a headband or sew to a hat.

Now it’s time to make the onesie! And, confession, this took less than 10 minutes to make from start to finish. So it’s the perfect last minute costume

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DIY Infant Cupcake Costume

What you’ll need: 

  • onesie
  • fabric marker
  • scissors
  • felt in a variety of colors (brown too if you don’t have a onesie with ruffles at the bottom)
  • hot glue gun w/ hot glue sticks

What you do: 

1. Grab a piece of felt to make the outline of a cupcake top for your costume. Choose whatever color you want the outline to be.

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2. Once you have the outline traced, cut out the cupcake top and place on the onesie to get an idea of how thick you want the outline to be. Then cut out the outline and glue down to the onesie.

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3. Take a few other felt colors and cut into small rectangles. Glue inside the cupcake top outline to look like sprinkles on the cupcake.

All done! Add a pair of black pants to the outfit to complete it on Halloween night if you need something a bit warmer. 

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What are your favorite infant costume idea!



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