I’ve always wanted to make my kids’ Halloween costumes, but I can pretty much only sew in a straight line with my machine. Last year, I was researching DIY dinosaur costumes and found several that used hoodies with spikes and a tail added on. I decided I would buy a hoodie set and modify it, instead of making the whole thing from scratch. Then, I found green fleece hooded footed pajamas and realized it would be the perfect foundation for my creation.

I bought green fleece fabric that matched to create the tail, and a darker green felt for the spikes. I stuffed the tail and spikes with pillow stuffing to make them stand up better. The first time I sewed the tail on, it was way too low, but I took it off and repositioned it and it was perfect! I also used white felt to make claws for the hands and feet. I was actually really impressed with myself for making something like that. Luckily, for the purpose of this post, the costume still fits him (snugly) this year!


I’m a firm believer that I need to take advantage of Liam’s age for Halloween costumes while I can. Before I know it, he’ll want to be something funny or scary, so I’m going to dress him in something cute and cuddly as long as I can get away with it. Since he loves dogs so much and has the growl down, this year I decided to make him a puppy costume, using the same technique. I bought white hooded, footed PJs from Amazon, but this time I cut off the feet because we plan to walk around outside a bit and I wanted him to be able to wear real shoes. I added floppy ears, a little tail, and some spots. Then, I made a collar from red ribbon with a tag made from cardstock. I also made him a little “doggy bag” to collect a few treats from the neighbors.

He wasn’t such a happy puppy during the photo shoot, so we had to break out a little chocolate early, but he actually likes wearing the costume. He was more sad about having to stand still for pictures (and we were pushing nap time).

I’m also a sucker for family costumes, so last year Mr. TTT and I were cave people with our little baby dino, and this year I’m going to be a cat and Mr. TTT will be an animal control officer. I just love Halloween!

Do you make your LOs Halloween costumes or do you opt for something store bought?

Halloween Posts part 8 of 17

1. 10 Halloween Books for Pre-schoolers That Aren't Scary by Mrs. Chocolate
2. My favorite Halloween books for kids by Mrs. Train
3. 28 Halloween Crafts for Kids by Mrs. Chocolate
4. 20 Easy Halloween Snacks for Preschoolers by mrs. tictactoe
5. DIY Festive Sweet and Salty Holiday Treats by Caroline @ Armelle Blog
6. 40 Cute Halloween Costumes for Kids by Mrs. Bee
7. A Legacy of Homemade Costumes by Mrs. Train
8. Semi-Homemade Halloween Costumes by mrs. tictactoe
9. DIY Halloween Pillowcase by Mrs. Paintbrush
10. Easy & Rewearable Halloween Costume - Olivia the Pig by Mrs. Hopscotch
11. mini halloween party + free labels by Mrs. Jump Rope
12. DIY Mini Spooky Wreath by Jennifer @ Ambrosia Creative
13. DIY Monster Plants by Jennifer @ Ambrosia Creative
14. DIY Halloween Treat Bag by Danyelle @ Dandee Designs
15. DIY Halloween Ghost Garland by Kaley Ann
16. DIY Salad Spinner Spider Web Art by Caroline @ Armelle Blog
17. DIY Natural Face Paint by Victoria @ A Subtle Revelry