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Happy Halloween + easy DIY costumes

Happy Halloween! The city does afternoon trick-or-treating downtown, and then VMI does their own trick-or-treating in the evening… so the kids get to go twice! I’m so pleased with their costumes this year, especially since we didn’t even decide what they were going as until last week – and then I had to actually gather the supplies and make the costumes!

Let’s start with Arsema… our sweet little ballerina bunny! I thought she’d be really cute as a bunny so I asked her and at first she said yes, and then she said, “no – ballerina.” So I asked her, “Do you want to be a bunny or a ballerina?” and her response was, “ummm a ballerina bunny!” So that’s what she is!

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What you need: 

  • pink sweats
  • white faux fur (I found it sold by the yard at walmart)
  • bunny ears
  • elastic
  • velcro
  • white tulle
  • white fur ball (for the tail)
  • hot glue gun/ glue sticks
  • pink face paint
  • black eye liner or face paint
  • bunny slippers (these were just an added bonus – Arsema noticed them at walmart and when I saw they were only $5 I grabbed them!)

What to do:

  • Cut a belly patch out of the white fur and hot glue it to the sweatshirt
  • Cut long strips of the white fur to hot glue inside the bunny ears
  • Cut the white tulle into about 2 inch wide strips (I just eyeballed it)
  • Tie the tulle strips around the elastic & when full trim it all to even lengths
  • Glue velcro to the ends of the elastic for an easy on/off of the tutu
  • Tie the fur ball to the back of the tutu for a tail
  • Paint the her nose pink & make whiskers with the eye liner

Viola! You have the sweetest ballerina bunny ever!!!!


 Mareto is a little trickier because his costume can’t feel too much like a costume otherwise he won’t tolerate it. I thought of a few ideas but John really wanted Mareto to go as something he would know and get excited about. We went to the store toy isle for inspiration and that’s when we saw Jake the Pirate. Mareto loves that show and it was a really easy costume to make!


What you need:

  • White thermal shirt (because it’s cold here)
  • Leather string
  • Navy blue t shirt
  • Yellow biased tape
  • 1/2 yard black fabric
  • Red bandana + toy sword, telescope, and coin pouch (all found in the toy isle in one package at walmart)
  • Jeans
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks

What to do:

  • Cut the buttons off the top of the thermal shirt and cut holes where they were
  • Thread the leather string through the button holes
  • Fold the black fabric over and tie around the waist
  • Cut the arms off the navy tee and cut a line straight down the middle front of the tee
  • Hot glue the yellow biased tape all around the navy tee
  • Cut 4 circles out of the left over biased tape and hot glue them to the front of the shirt as “buttons”
  • Tie the red bandana around the forehead and tie the coin pouch to the belt loops of the jeans
  • Fit the telescope in that little loop on the side of the jeans

Ahoy Maties!!! Easy peasy  autism-friendly Jake the Pirate costume!


We had a wonderful and fun Halloween and the kids got more candy than I know what to do with — double the trick-or-treating means double the candy!! Hope yours was just as fun!





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