Star Wars family fun

So here are our costumes for Halloween this year, our first year as a themed family. I can’t help but think I got the least cool outfit…

Willow as her current idol, Princess Leia. I made the dress (complete with hood) from Lycra, and the belt from felt (of course). We found the boots cheap in Penneys and they’re handy for the crap weather were having. Long white dresses aren’t a great idea for 3 year olds, but she was able to play fine at the party we went to today with minimum spillage!


John looked super handsome as Han Solo (and was definitely living out some nerd fantasy today). I guess when I suggested we dress as Star Wars characters he thought I had something else in mind for myself!

John’s costume was quite easy. We found old trousers in a charity shop, and the shirt was a white ladies one from Penneys that I dipped in tea to age. The waistcoat was just a black t shirt cut up. I made a belt from an old black ribbon I had, and the “boots” are actually the arms from a kids fireman costume I got in a bargain bin for €2.


My costume was a monkey sleep suit I found in the men’s section in Penneys. I chopped off the head (which freaked poor Willow out a little) and sewed the ears to an old baby sheet of Willow’s, which I had aged in tea. Add a little face paint and a belt slung over my shoulder and I’m an Ewok!



All dressed up

Halloween! My favourite time of the year means I get to dress up. And boy do I love to dress up! Luckily I married someone who is really into costumes too. And zombies.

This year my family is going all out with a theme, and I’ve spent my afternoon making our costumes. I’ll wait until I have some photos before I show you our outfits, but first I wanted to show off some of our costumes from years past:

Me as Tippi Hedren in The Birds. I was about 5 months pregnant here so excuse the tummy! I used a 60s style dress, tore it up and added blood, then made a whole bunch of birds pecking away. So much fun!


Carrying on the Hitchcock theme, my other half went as Norman Bates dressed as his mother. And my mammy-in-law joined us too, as a nun.


This was Willow’s first costume, a cute bunny outfit I made from an old sleep suit and a cheap fleece hoodie she had. I was originally going to do her as road kill but wasn’t allowed!


Please take a moment to admire the extreme cuteness of my little girl:
Moving on. Next year, I made a tutu for herself and added in a huge Elmo’s face. She was a big fan at the time and very happy with herself.


We had a great party that year, but kind of forgot to think about costumes. So a couple of hours before our guests arrived we decided to go as each other. John would make a fine drag queen:


Last Christmas I made Will a little Christmas tree dress, complete with star. My dress making skills are pretty shoddy but she looked adorable:

Last year I dressed in full zombie costume for Limerick’s Outbreak Zombie Walk, along with my undead husband Allan and assorted kids. John had to babysit but joined me later for Halloween:




I’ll post pics of this year’s costumes soon. Happy Halloween!