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October 24, 2020

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With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to put on our black hats and brew up some creative costumes! I have always loved putting together family themed halloween costumes, and thankfully my kids (and husband) are all kind enough to indulge me! It was a fun, creative outlet for me when we were young, newly married, and poor to find scrappy ways to bring them to life. It’s evolved into a tradition that I treasure and fun for the entire family. We study the original inspiration and hunt out pieces that will pull our vision to life. Thrift finds and hand-me-downs along with old scraps makes a homemade costume simple, affordable, and a memory your kids will never forget!

In case you are feeling a little low on inspiration this year, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see all the Hanks’ family Halloween costumes over the years!

Jack and Jill (2006)

Our first year together, we put a whole new spin on the idea of “falling in love.” I’d tumble down any hill after this fella and his poor broken crown.

Jack and Jill Costume

A Pair of Blue Jeans (2007)

We were attached at the hip as two parts of one pair.

A Pair of Blue Jeans Costume

The Flintstones (2008)

The addition of Kate to our family added an extra element of fun as our couple costumes became trios. The Flintstones were the perfect first choice for us and our little Pebbles.

The Flintstones Family Costume

Howdy Hoedown (2009)

Two-step the night away before you crash in a candy coma – it’s the makings of a rootin’ tootin’ Halloween night.

Western Rodeo Costumes

Purrfect Pair (2010)

This is paws-ibly the most adorable duo of cute and cuddly kittens you’ll ever see.

Kids in Cat Costumes

Flintstones, The Sequel (2011)

Once we added Bam-Bam to the crew, can you blame us for doing Flintstones round two?

Flintstone Kids Costumes

The Wizard of Oz (2012)

In case you didn’t know, the yellow brick road has the best candy on the block!

The Wizard of Oz Costumes
Scarecrow Costume
Dorothy Costume

Peter Pan (2013)

These costumes took some “faith, trust, and a little pixie dust.” But then we just followed the second star on the right and trick-or-treated straight on to morning!

Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tinkerbell Costumes

The Riddler + Poison Ivy (2013)

Justin deserves a medal for being the ultimate good sport. How many men look this happy when their wives force them to wear head-to-toe spandex?

The Riddler and Poison Ivy Costumes

Fire Friends (2014)

When a little spark turns in to a raging inferno, you can count these heroes to save the day. And that Dallas Dalmatian? It can’t be “matched.”

Fire Truck, Firefighter, Fire, and Dalmatian Costumes

Three Little Pigs (2015)

If I had to pick a favorite set of family costumes, this would be it! It turned out better than I had even imagined. These little squealing piglets loved their shipping box houses and our little bad wolf was a fright the whole night!

The 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf Costumes

The Princess Bride (2015)

“Farm Boy, speak only in movie lines.”
“As you wish.”

Buttercup and Wesley Princess Bride Costumes

Up (2016)

Fly away to Paradise Falls, but don’t forget your candy to snack on during the trip!

Family Up Costumes of Kevin, Carl, Russell and the House
Russell Costume
Kevin Bird Costume
House with Balloons Costume
Up Carl Costume

Aerobics (2016)

Having Richard Simmons as your date doubles as a great way to burn off those calories as you gobble down goodies. And when you’re Suzanne Somers, you work that thigh-master all night long!

Richard Simmons and Suzanne Sommers Costumes

Alice in Wonderland (2017)

We’re entirely bonkers, but all the best people are.

Alice in Wonderland Costumes
Alice in Wonderland Costumes
Mad Hatter Costume
White Rabbit Costume
Queen of Hearts Costume

Gnomes (2017)

When Justin decided to grow facial hair, it became harder to incorporate into the costumes. So instead, we decided to center our plans around his burly beard. It’s gnome secret it turned out great!

Gnomes Costumes

The Greatest Showman (2018)

Have I mentioned what a good sport Justin is? Ha! He puts on the greatest show!

The Greatest Showman Group Costumes
The Bearded Lady Costume
Albino Costume
P.T. Barnum Costume
Tom Thumb Costume
Jenny Lind Costume
Anne Wheeler Costume

Star Wars (2019)

Last year, the force was with us as we gathered together to fight the dark side. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to imagine topping our little rebel fighters and jedi!

Star Wars Halloween Costume
Luke Skywalker Costume
Yoda Costume

We might have a few tricks left up our sleeves! What do you think we’ll be for Halloween this year?


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