By: Jennifer Murray

A Blast From Halloween Past…

We’ve had a blast in the past dressing up for Halloween.  There have been props, puns, and even floats.  We’ve taken (cheap) costumes and ran with it, creating a theme, and getting lots of  laughs from our neighbors. (Even though last year, dragging that bed for over a mile as nuts and bolts fell out of the headboard almost did me in for life!)

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2009 was the year of the “Monkeys Jumping On the Bed (complete with a 5th stuffed monkey who had bumped his head, a doctor, and a mama).

 

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2008 was the “Giraffe Exhibit

 

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And 2007 was the still very laughable “Halloweiners

 

However this year, I’ve got NOTHING.  We’ve collectively been sick for most of the month of October, plus a little bit of travel, and here it is less than a week away and I’m STUMPED! We need to find something affordable and obviously not too terribly time consuming… FAST

I just don’t think we can outdo our Halloween past, but it’s worth a shot. Brilliant ideas are worth sharing!

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27 Responses to “A Blast From Halloween Past…”

  1. AmazingGreis
    October 26, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    My idea….A “Royal Flush” hand in Poker.

    The boys and you can be the cards (A, K, Q, J, 10) and Brad can be the dealer!!

    Good luck this year, can’t wait to see what you decide!!

  2. Just Heather
    October 26, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Oh, no! I was just telling my sister the other day how much I was looking forward to seeing what you came up with for the boys this year.

    Are they into Dinosaur Train? You could have 4 dinos in your wagon train!

  3. Dawn
    October 26, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    I don’t know why, but this popped in my head right away… Y M C A… Y M C A… figuring that if the boys have dress up clothes, just working with what you already have. You wouldn’t have to purchase anything at all. Part of a group, but still individuals.

  4. Amanda
    October 26, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    You can all wear white t-shirts. Draw a big letter “P” on all of them and then give each person a black eye with make up. You’re black eyed peas!

  5. Jenn Brothers-Haler
    October 26, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    M&Ms! I think KMart has their costumes 50% off right now. OR, you could make them out of poster board. Cut the circle, use colored felt for the actual color of the M&MS and either use white felt or something else white (paint, construction paper, etc) for the “m”. Each boy could be a different color.

    Make 2 circles the same color & then use a string/rope to tie them together and fit them over the boys…make sense? I’m bad about describing things!

    Ok, I googled & found a better description! Here ya go: http://www.ehow.com/way_5732794_homemade-m_m-costume.html

  6. Kerry
    October 26, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    All cute ideas! What about Dr Seuss’ Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4. You and your hubby could be the brother and sister.

  7. Stephanie
    October 26, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    I love the royal flush idea! You could be the Queen and the boys could be the 10, J, K and A! You could do white poster boards (cheap!) and just add construction paper to make it look like the cards! Once for the front, one for the back and tied with string! (I just sont know if the boys will “get it”! lol)
    I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great!

  8. Chelsa
    October 26, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Some friends of ours have twins and they are going as “thing 1 and thing 2″… you could just add in “thing 3 and thing 4” 🙂

  9. Lacy Justus
    October 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    You could do a burger. Two of them be buns, one be the meat patty, and one be a pickle. I like all the ideas you’ve gotten, tuff decisions. You will think of something awesome I’m sure, you are very creative! Can’t wait to see!

  10. KS Dallas
    October 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    I was going to say M&Ms, too, but I was thinking they would be very easy to make – get fabric and cut into a circle, sew it up (except holes for the arms and legs). You could add some stuffing if you really wanted to, but I don’t think it you would even need it.

  11. Emily
    October 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    i saw one kid dressed as the ups man and his little brother/sister (couldnt tell which lol) as a package! they just cut the bottom out of a padded envelope and slipped it on them! it was so cute!!

  12. Leah
    October 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Star Wars:yoda, chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Darthvader
    Toy Story: Buzz, Woody, Rex (the dinosaur) and Hamm (the piggy bank.)
    Super Murrays: Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Ironman
    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto

  13. Jessica
    October 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Here’s a few ideas:

    Spaghetti and Meatballs- you could have the boys in the wagon and that could be the sauce and the noodles could be yarn sting all over the wagon and between the boys and then you could dress the boys in brown sweatsuit outfits and have them be meatballs and you and Brad could be bread sticks!

    Crayola Crayons- Get different colored sweat-pant suits for the boys and dress them up as crayons. Cut out CRAYOLA out of felt and iron it on to the sweatshirt. Use colored party hats as the top of the crayons.

    Hope these help 🙂

  14. Jennifer B
    October 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    What about the 4 Mouse-keteers? Re-use their Mickey ears, make a cheap cape, and paint a face mask on!

  15. Erin Steele`
    October 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    I would go as train cars, each of them could be one off thomas or just any ole train car, then mom/dad could be conductor or whatever you choose. You can buy the costumes at most stores if you want to go the thomas route or make the easily out of paper bags or small boxes and some creative drawing skills! Good luck!

  16. Katy
    October 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    T-birds from Grease with you and Brad as Danny and Sandy?

  17. Amy
    October 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Love the playing cards, train cars, and crayon ideas.

    Here are a couple more:

    If they like the Wiggles: 4 different colored sweatshirts and they could go as Sam/Greg (Yellow), MURRAY!!!!! (Red), Jeff (Purple) and Anthony (Blue)

    The 4 seasons: 4 brown shirts/sweatshirts. Pick up some branches…….should be a ton after the wind today……..secure them to the shirts………one with flower/leaf buds (spring), one with green leaves (summer), one with orange, yellow, red leaves (fall), and one with snowflakes (winter)

  18. Holly
    October 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    My friends and I did this in college, but could work for anyone: go as a rainbow. Each person wears a different colored sweatsuit. We even had enough people in our group to have a white cloud. Turned out really well. Good luck!

  19. Kym
    October 27, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Not this year, but when they’re older and into the darker/gross costumes, try for the four horsemen of the apocolypse: War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death. My college roomates and I did that one year, it was great fun…

  20. nicole green
    October 27, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    i was going to suggest the crayon idea too! 🙂 my friends daughter is going to be the blue crayon and her parents are going to be red and yellow. she’s making the costumes as well and she said it’s really inexpensive.

  21. Susan Bentley
    October 27, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I like the cards, M&M and UPS/Envelope ideas. They could be Colts football players….or better yet, future Texas A&M football players ;). Dad is coach and you could be Peyton or a Sports Caster. Or Dad could be Peyton.

    One year, short on cash and time…We put Jacob in overalls w/o a shirt, attached a glow stick to end of fishing rod (or stick)…he was fishing. So cute.

    This year, short on time and cash…reocurring theme here…Jacob wants to be An Aggie Guy (aka football player).

  22. Jenn Brothers-Haler
    October 27, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Got my new Parenting magazine last night that had a lot of cute costume ideas in it and though of you. One was to be a road.

    Dress the boys all in black. Use yellow tape (painters tape I think comes in yellow/gold) and make the lines of the road up the body. Then adhere mathbox cars on the clothing along the “road”. Then you can make a street sign for the hat. You could have Clark St, Henry Ave, etc. You and Brad could even make your own costumes and be signs as well. A stop sign, yield, etc. to go along w/ their costumes.

    There are lots of easy no-sew costumes on their website too.

  23. Amanda Ro.
    October 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    The boys could be little prisioners, and you and Brad could be the warden and prison keepers!!

  24. Jen
    October 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    LOVE the Spaghetti and Meatballs, the Matchbox cars, the royal flush and the M&M’s. The football would definitely be easy for you guys as I’m sure you all already have the gear. I also thought of 4 mice costumes and they can be the Rat Pack.

    Good luck! They’ll be cute in anything you come up with!

  25. Donna
    October 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    *farm theme- different farm animals and you and brad as farmers. Or everyone could be farmers(walmart has boots for 15.00 and they can wear them all winter, jeans and t-shirts with bandanna around their necks)

    *they could be honeybees and yall could be bee catchers

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