If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes

We have a two more costumes from children’s illustrated books to share with you and “If You Give a Mouse A Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff, was an absolute must! This beloved children’s book about a hungry little mouse is fun for both kids and adults to read and if you haven’t read it yet, put it on your story time list!  I mean, what’s more darling than a mouse in overalls and cookies!?  We knew this was going to make the perfect Halloween costume so we got brainstorming.
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See below for the full tutorial! 

DIY Rainbow Ghosts Team Costume

This year for our lars costume we settled on simple… with a twist! I have always loved the simplicity of the classic sheet ghost costume, not to mention the quick, easy and inexpensive nature of it. But it has never really been in Lars fashion to follow the rules, which is why we turned to shaking things up and coloring our classic ghost costumes to fit our love of rainbows!

Moon Phase Lights

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Moon Phase LightsThe decorating is still in full swing over here and we’re starting to prep for some upcoming Halloween parties! I’ve mentioned before that I tend to stray from the creepy, scary aspects of Halloween. Hocus Pokus is about as scary as it gets in my household. These moon phase lights are much more my speed and the perfect pretty Halloween decoration! All you need to do is jazz up a pair of charcoal Bright Lab lights (the best!) with some gold leaf and you’ve got a lovely strand of lights. We wish we would have thought of this prior to the Eclipse, but luckily these work splendidly for Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or any party that needs a little magic from the moon! I feel like I need to listen to “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader when I see these and I’m not mad about it.

Get the full DIY after the jump! 

Tortured Artist party films

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For the entire month of October we featured our Tortured Artist party and brought you several spook-worthy ideas to recreate for your own dinner parties complete with invitations, menu cards, food ideas, costume ideas, and decor. This was one of my favorite collaborations ever as it brought together some of my favorite people for the sake of creating something gorgeous–always my goal.
Lucky for us, Trisha Zemp was there to film it. I present to you, the Tortured Artist Halloween party:
But what I always find more interesting is the behind the scenes. As you can see, there was a LOT going on!
A HUGE thank you to everyone involved. It takes a creative village.
Costumes by Hillary Gallup, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf
Props from Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
And so many other helpers and assistants. I know, crazy. Now, what did you think? What are you doing for Halloween??

Holographic Ghost Halloween Balloon Installation

Ghost Balloon Decor

A good balloon installation is our favorite go-to because not only do you just need a little bit of time (and a good balloon pump!) but the large scale look makes a major statement without needing a large scale budget.

We are big fans of Anagram balloons. In fact, this Halloween balloon installation is one of many Holiday ideas they have helped us dream up over the past year. You can check out our tutorials for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even St Patrick’s Day here! Plus the massive foil balloon arch we made for my sister Caitlin’s baby shower.

Foil balloons are re-useable!

Much like our DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Arch we made back in March, this one is big, fun, and the best part—the balloons are deflatable! Meaning you can recreate this look next Halloween with the same balloons! Just keep them in storage and bring them out year after year.

I first fell in love with their holographic ghost balloons that come in a jumbo size and a mini size (too cute!). They also have this great circle balloon with a ghost face on it, which Jasper has dubbed “eggs” as the mouth is yes, in an egg shape. Anagram also has some beautiful solid color shapes so we added in some rose pinks, rust oranges, and some celestial shapes in matte black stars and crescent moons. It’s a beautiful take on a ghoulish theme you know?!

First, I put together a board of the colors I was wanting to use from Anagram.

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And luckily, they were just as pretty in person! Love the rose gold with the orange and iridescent!

Halloween balloon installation

You can use this ghost balloon decor to decorate your porch for All Hallow’s eve, a neighborhood (socially-distanced!) party or parade, or just to catch the eye of passers-by.

Watch our video to see me put together the party with a snap of my fingers!

 

Setting Up the Halloween Balloon Installation (no magic needed) 

This is a fairly easy project skill-wise, but it does take a bit of time to blow up the balloons and set them up. Maybe you’re wondering if you can blow up some balloons in advance, perhaps the night before while you’re watching a scary movie (by “scary” I mean Hocus Pocus…that’s my threshold). We recommend blowing them up only 1-2 days in advance to avoid any premature deflating. ALSO, an important tip is blowing them up in the temperature of where they will be installed. If it’s going to be outside, we recommend blowing them up outside.

Halloween balloon installation

Another perk of these foil balloons is you don’t need helium to fill them up—just plain ol’ air works great. Most of our balloon projects are made so you don’t need helium at all. That is a major plus in my book and since there’s a helium shortage, we tend to steer clear!

Look how cute these ghost balloons look! Special thanks to our sponsor Anagram for making this Halloween balloon decor possible!

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Halloween Printables in the Lars Shop

We have some really fun Halloween printables in our shop, and they’re sure to put you in the mood to celebrate! Whether you’re searching for costumes, decorations, cards, or candy gift boxes, get a head start on your Halloween planning necessities. Scroll down to see some of the items on sale in the shop!

Go all out with the holiday decor this year

I don’t know about you, but all this extra time spent at home has me dying for a change. I’m so excited to celebrate Halloween in our new house again, and this time we’re a little more settled in so we can really decorate! If you’re also in need of a change and aren’t in the middle of remodels (lucky duck!) decorating for the holidays is the PERFECT way to change it up your space without a major overhaul. Hang a garland on your mantel, paint some pumpkins, and really get in the Halloween spirit!

Rainbow pumpkins arranged on a porch.

Last month we brought back these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins to begin decorating for fall! If you’re looking to add some character to your rainbow pumpkins, check out the Pumpkin Faces PDF template in our Halloween shop and on our blog! Who knew pumpkins could be so cute? 

painted pumpkin templates

Plan your holiday parties in advance

Get those dates on the calendar now for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! You’ll thank me later. We’re hoping that this year we can celebrate a bit more, but even if parties turn into zoom calls and holiday trips become facetime calls to the grandparents not all is lost! You can plan to make the next few months special, no matter what.

In our Halloween shop, you’ll also find garland templates, party invites, cake toppers, and plenty of other ways to complete your Halloween look this year. For the biggest discount, check out our Halloween E-book full of our most popular printables!

Find a clever Halloween costume

Costumes are, in my opinion, one of the hardest parts about Halloween planning. You want to be creative and stylish without splurging on a new costume every year, right? We have plenty of costume PDF templates—  for both kids and adults— right in our shop. The best part is that these costumes can be put together in under an hour AND you can use items you probably already own to complete the look. Our Halloween shop is meant to make your load lighter this year (so you can carry more weight in candy) 😉

Find joy in giving holiday gifts

There is no need to hold off on the giving spirit until December. I think any holiday is a great reason to drop off some neighbor gifts! We created some printable gift boxes to fill with seasonal candy and gift to a friend. This will come in handy more than ever this year when who knows if trick or treating will even be a thing??

Even if you’re staying in this Halloween, we have discounted items in our shop to help share the Halloween spirit! Send out some Halloween cards to friends, family, neighbors, and those you wish to share this spooky season with. The perfect pairing with one of these cards is a Halloween candy gift box! You can find the instructions for putting together the gift boxes here.

Enjoy your stress-free Halloween planning with great printables! You can find more Halloween sale printables in our shop!

Take time to make DIY holiday decor

We’re hoping that one lasting effect of the pandemic will be that more people are taking time to create and get crafty! We love to see it. Adding a homemade touch is what makes holiday decor special, home-y, and a potential family heirloom. You can dive as deep into our 10+ years of archives as you want to go, but some of our favorite Halloween DIYs are these wood plaque transfers, or our rainbow pumpkin arch!

For more ways to get into the Halloween spirit, check out our Halloween Pinterest board here!

DIY Classic Halloween Face Masks

Easy DIY Halloween Face Masks

Even if you’re putting on a costume to hang out at home and watch the Sanderson sisters’ hijinks, our DIY Halloween Face Masks Tutorial will scratch that creative itch. And, as everyone knows, I don’t believe costumes are just for one night in October. Where’s the fun in that? Yep, you can reuse these masks for playtime, too (or for wearing when you leave your house for the first time in months to take out the trash and you don’t want your neighbors to see you…).

One note: I already LOVED Portland Garment Factory’s plain cotton face masks, because I’ve found them to be the best shape for breathability–you don’t suck the fabric in and out! So, working with them on this project was really a practical choice. And a bonus that you can have so much fun with them!

How to Make DIY Halloween Face Masks

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Face paint for the areas around the eyes
  • Sewing machine + thread to match the mask fabric
  • OR plain cotton face masks (again, we used the Artst set from Portland Garment Factory)
  • Iron + ironing board

Classic Halloween Face Masks

We chose some classic Halloween costume ideas to show just how easy to is to transform the iconic into a practical face mask/costume. You can choose from a jack-o-lantern, mummy, a Day of the Dead skeleton. 

Jack-O-Lantern Mask

Materials
Instructions:
  1. Sew your orange face mask
  2. Trace your template onto the mask
  3. You can see that I first was going to embroidery it, but I decided to paint it (easier and faster!). However you’d like to do it!
  4. Sew or glue the ric rac into the face mask (don’t you love how it mimics the mouth?!?!)

Mummy

This DIY Mummy costume requires no toilet paper, so don’t worry about making a dent in your 2020 stash. 

Materials
  • Plain muslin mask (from Portland Factory’s Artist pack)
  • Cheese cloth
  • Muslin fabric
  • Quarter inch cotton lace
  • Stretchy white netting
  • Gold and tan ribbon
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Hot glue
  • Pins
  • Gold Thread
  • Metallic Gold Thread
Instructions
    1. Cut muslin fabric into a 8 by 8 inch square.
    2. Tear strips of muslin fabric into varying strips of ½ inch to 1 inch.
    3. Cut sections of cheese cloth into similar sized strips
    4. Fill a bowl with hot water and brew four tea bags.
    5. Submerge the strips of fabric in the tea, dying them until desired color is reached.
    6. Remove strips and rinse, the color will lighten slightly after rinsed and dried.
    7. Leave strips to dry, you can speed the process with a hairdryer and straightener on a low setting.
    8. Trim along the long edge of the gold ribbon and fray the edge. Cut into similar length sections.
    9. Cut the stretchy netting into three strips and form into a thin braid.
    10. Layer the fabric strips and ribbons in a criss-cross pattern across the mask. Use the pins to keep them in place.
    11. Trim excess fabric around the mask.
    12. Layer by layer hot glue each strip onto the mask and on to each other.
    13. Lightly hot glue the braid along the bottom of the mask.
    14. Sketch a scarab beetle onto a 1 by 1 inch piece of muslin fabric.
    15. Using the gold thread embroider along the pattern. Use metallic thread as an accent.
    16. Hot glue four strips to the back of the mask to serve as ties for the mask.

Ok, this picture I just thought was funny. I’m about 7 months pregnant and clearly my dresses aren’t wrapping around right now.

Need More Ideas?

Need some more Halloween costume ideas? Well you’ve come to the right place! Check out our Halloween archive for tons of DIY costume, party, and decor ideas. 

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Vincent Van Gogh costume

Although our model is nearly a Vincent Van Gogh lookalike, you don’t have to be for this costume tutorial! This Vincent Van Gogh costume is easy and perfect for the cooler weather around Halloween (who doesn’t want to get cozy in a cardigan for their costume?).

We chose to go in less of the bandaged ear direction and more in the “I paint beautiful flowers” direction. Here’s how to get the look below…

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Make up by Rubie Huber
Costume crafting by Victoria Riza (with her red-bearded husband as Vicent, thanks Jordan!)


DIY Vincent Van Gogh costume

Materials:

  • Red beard (model’s is natural but try this one and trim it down)
  • White collarless shirt (we used this one)
  • Blue cardigan (we used one from H&M, but you can find a similar one here)
  • Old pipe (we got ours from an antique store, but you can find a similar one here)
  • Straw hat with black band (you can find a similar one here)
  • Sunflowers (try these!)

Makeup tutorial by Rubie Huber

Now you can have a grand old time painting an entire face Van Gogh style, but our model was already basically the spitting image of the painter. So I just added some tiny touches. Using a dark red/orange eyeshadow, swipe some strokes under the cheekbones and on the outside corners of the eyelids. If you don’t have naturally red hair, you can use the red/orange eyeshadow to dust out a beard and eyebrows. Get it wet to create lines.

Van Gogh seemed to really love that blue vein look we often try to cover up under our eyes and in the inner corners, so play it up with some turqoise eyeshadow! Throw on your tortured artist expression and you’re ready to go!

Check out our other Tortured Artist Halloween costumes here!

Copenhagen row house costume

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

The Copenhagen row house costume is so bright and colorful, you just may want to recreate the whole city!

Here’s the story. Last year for Halloween Paul and I needed costumes last minute (surprise!) for an event we were attending. The idea came in a flash: Copenhagen! We needed to be Copenhagen. I drew it up in my mind, got the boxes, painted it, put it together AND THEN realized, DOH! The reason it came so easy is because it was Merrilee’s idea from her new book Playful, the book that you know, I just styled. The one that hadn’t been released! I couldn’t very well steal her thunder (though the one she created was a dollhouse) so I’ve had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to release this puppy. Do you know how hard that is for an antsy craft blogger?!

Since Paul LOVES to be in photos (NOT), I had Hillary come in and play my next-door neighbor. She’s a bright ball of sunshine.

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

 

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
See the full instructions below.

How to make a Copenhagen row house costume

Materials:

  • Cardboard box large enough to fit into
  • Piece of cardboard for the roof
  • Craft knife
  • Paints in your preferred colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Duct tape

Instructions:

  1. Open the box so all the flaps are out. You need a shape that will feel like the height of a building so I made mine as tall as it could go. I sealed up the flaps with duct tape and reinforced it with a glue gun.
  2. Create the shape of the roof by getting an extra piece of cardboard and creating your preferred shape. Cut it out with your craft knife. Cut a hole to the size of your face.
  3. Attach it to the box with duct tape and a glue gun.
  4. Make the A-frame roof by bending a long piece of cardboard in half. Have it hang over the box by a few inches.
  5. Attach the roof to the rest of the house with duct tape and glue gun again. Make sure the roof is in a position where you don’t have to duck.
  6. Paint the box to your desired colors. If possible, use white cardboard so it’s easier to paint on top (fewer layers). I went with traditional Copenhagen yellow and blue like the main harbor, Nyhavn.
  7. Figure out where your hands will be holding the box and cut out slits.
TIP: Make sure your boxes can fit inside your car! Ours didn’t so we had to hold them out of our sunroof. And drive 5 mph across town. Hmph.

And the best part about this costume is that you can customize it to fit any city’s row house aesthetic: Brooklyn, Amsterdam, London, Paris, you name it! Have fun and get creative!

See more rad ideas like these in Merrilee’s new book Playful, and get more Halloween costume ideas here!

5 Mom and Baby Halloween Costumes

Russian nesting doll mommy and baby costume Artist and palette mommy and baby costumeHalloween is fast approaching and there are few holidays I like more! Spooky and creepy may not seem like the name of the game here at Lars, but we love to go all out! What’s more fun than dressing up?! You’ve probably heard that I’m pregnant (yeah, that’s the bump under my dresses, folks), 24 weeks to be exact, so naturally, we have babies on the brain here! We’ve teamed up with Solly Baby this Halloween season to create 5 amazing mom and baby halloween costumes along with their daily giveaways on Instagram! Each costume has a component for the mom and then a way to dress up the Solly wrap in a coordinating costume for their baby. We are so thrilled with how they all turned out! And even if you don’t have a babe to tote around on Halloween, these costumes would still be amazing! I’m having a hard time choosing, but I think I’m going to go with the Russian doll costume myself! But who knows! They’re all so good!Mushroom and garden gnome baby and mommy costume Chiquita and banana mommy and baby costumeStork and package mommy and baby costume

Check out all the looks and start planning your costume! I’d love to know which one is your favorite? 

DIY Balloon Medusa Costume

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DIY Balloon Snake Medusa Costume

We love a clever balloon project and have had this Medusa costume in mind for ages. Of course, if this was real life, there’s no way I’d be getting within 2 blocks, and that’s the beauty of using balloons instead!

How to make a Balloon Snake headpiece for Medusa

Here’s how we did it! It turned out to be a lot easier than we anticipated! Of course, we went WILD on the amount of balloons because, as we like to say, the more the merrier.

Materials

  • See list above!

Instructions

  1. Blow up the balloons using our curly balloon method 
  2. Attach the balloons into the hair using bobbi pins. Use Glue Dots to glue the balloons to each other, intertwining them as you go. Fill them out as you go.
  3. Add make up
  4. Tape fake snakes to the clothes and add into hair.
  5. Voila!

It turned out to be MUCH easier than we anticipated. We were ready to add on swim caps and wig caps and insert the balloons into the caps, but we found that applying them directly into the hair was the best technique! Score!

Here’s the transformation. We worked on the make up at the same time as the balloons.

And you can see that it took some finessing to get the right shape.

Medusa Make up

Our intern, Calee Gardener, has done make up for theater and completed the look! We took our cues from traditional Green mythology and added in some color, of course.

You will need:

  • One fishnet Stocking
  • Green Eye Shadow matte and Shimmer
  • Blue Eye Shadow matte and Shimmer
  • Gold Eye Shadow Shimmer
  • White Eye Shadow
  • Foundation
  • Blue/green eyeliner
  • Green creme or liquid face paint
  • Brushes
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • fake eyelashes/eyelash glue
  • Red Lipstick
1. Prepare a clean face with some light moisturizer.
2. Place fishnet stocking on head and pull down waist band so it covers the face.
3. Using green FX or cream make up on sponge or brush dab green paint onto skin over the fishnet along cheek bones and over eyebrows. Connect those sections with dabs of green paint.
4. Use a brush to dab splotches of blue and green eye shadow over the green paint.
5. Repeat on the opposite side and wait a minute or two for the paint to be fully dried.
6. remove stocking and see the pattern left behind. (be careful to not over saturate the stocking to keep the scales look intact)
7. Add gold eye shadow to the temples the edges of the green scales, and along the cheek bones.
8. Use green blue eye liner to outline eyebrows.
9. Spread a thin layer of a light creme foundation on eyelids
10. Start with white eyeshadow at eyebrow arch and closest to nose.
11. Use a green matte eye shadow for the base color of the eyelid. at green glimmer shadow.
12. Use blue eye shadow to press into the eyelid crease.
13. Blend gold eyeshadow from white section closest to the eyes into green shadow. Add extra gold along the lash line.
14. Blend eyeshadow to your liking and then add black cat eye shaped line to top eyelid.
15. line inner bottom eyelid with green blue eyeliner. Blend into white and gold eyeshadow.
16. add mascara to bottom eyelashes. Wait until fake eyelashes are applied and dried before adding top lashes mascara.
17. Use glue dots or eyelash glue to secure various gems and sequins onto temples and sides of face for extra glam.
18. Add blue contour to the nose, just under cheek bone, and under the jawbone onto the neck.
19. ARMS: slide fishnet stocking onto arm and use similar green dabbing technique to add scales to the arms.
20. Finish off the look with little scale on arms and face drawn with the blue eyeliner pen. Try small groupings for the best look.

Have you ever tried out balloons for snakes? Highly recommend it! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Tag us with #LarsInCostume or #LarsHalloween. Would love to see your costumes whether it’s Medusa or anything.

If you’re interested in more costume ideas, here are our favorites from the past!

7 Artsy and Iconic Halloween Costume Ideas
5 Mama and Baby Costumes
6 ways to celebrate Halloween while social distancing

Modernized Day of the Dead Ofrenda

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Day of the Dead OfrendaHave you ever heard of Day of the Dead Ofrendas? If you’ve seen the movie Coco, you probably get the gist. Ofrenda means ‘offering’ in Spanish and is a display set up to remember and honor your ancestors. The ofrenda consists of several components including photos of past loved ones, candles, fruits and sweets, flowers, papel picado, and more. It serves as a chance to welcome those ancestors who have passed back into your home and heart. Not to mention it creates the most beautiful display overflowing with flowers and foliage! We’re creating a modern-day take on the Ofrenda with foraged greenery, one that you can easily recreate and keep up all month long! This is my ideal kind of holiday decor, not to mention the sentimentality of it is so special!

Day of the Dead OfrendaRecently, Paul and I completed our 23andMe DNA tests, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and we are now anxiously awaiting our reports. With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to celebrate and learn more about my family history than with my very own ofrenda! This display is the perfect way to decorate for the season, but also a wonderful chance to learn more about yourself and your heritage. Win win!

See how easy the 23andMe service process is, discover more about your ancestry and get inspired to create your own Ofrenda