How to Win this Year’s Halloween Costume Contest

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Our Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

I’ve combed through the archives to share my favorite clever Halloween costume ideas for adults (look for mother and child costume ideas in the Lars archives!)

4 Easy Iron-on Costumes

Short on supplies? Need a really quick costume because you forgot Halloween was even happening because everything else has been canceled? Our 4 easy iron-on costumes will be right up your alley! You can put these together with clothes from your current wardrobe (or make a quick trip to the thrift store) and of course, an iron. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Famous Paintings by Great Artists

Remember our Tortured Artist Halloween Party a few years back? Remember parties? With other people? Where you could stand right next to them? Sigh…me too. If you’re feeling a little gloomy about it, channel that energy into one of our tortured artist costumes. My favorite is the interpretation of Frida Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas. (And no, Vincent van Gogh is not a woman BUT he is iconic so we had to add him.) Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

Showstopper Costumes Made from Everyday Supplies

You’ll want to zoom in on this costume to see all the household items we used to make this DIY mermaid costume, trust me. Click here to find out how to make this costume and more!

Influential Women Costume Ideas

I could add so many more inspirational women to the list pictured here! The best part about these costumes is they require NO SEWING and NO IRONING. Click here to find out how to make these costumes!

DIY Potted Plant Costume

I don’t know about you, but my plant collection has gotten exponentially larger in the past six months…what’s one more? Plus, this one is wearable! 😉 I’ve heard plant lady is the new cat lady soooo, feels relevant. Click here to find out how to make this costume!

Copenhagen Row Costume

I whipped this idea up at the last minute a few years ago when I was in desperate need of a fast, but clever Halloween costume idea. Now you have a use for all those empty boxes leftover from spontaneous quarantine purchases! These cute, human-size Scandinavian house costumes were inspired by Merrilee Liddiard’s book Playful (still one of my faves). Click here to find out how to make this costume!

DIY costumes from your craft closet

Click here to find out how to make these costumes and more with supplies you might have on hand already!

For more clever Halloween costume ideas head here!

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

We originally made these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins in 2017, and since then they have inspired even more rainbow pumpkin projects like this arch, and this paper pumpkin tablescape.

When it comes to Autumn and Halloween decor, I always have a difficult time deciding which direction I want to take it. Do you go traditional with black and orange and the typical bats and witch hats? Or maybe all white with plenty of skeletons and ghosts? Honestly, I’ll probably switch it up every year. But is it any surprise that I wanted to go rainbow? I love those front porches that are overflowing with pumpkins and I thought would look so fun in a beautiful muted rainbow palette. It’s a simple concept, yet the execution looks so stunning! These DIY Rainbow Pumpkins are the perfect way to adorn your porch for October and November!

Let’s paint the pumpkins rainbow!

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down your pumpkins with a wet rag to remove any dirt or grime and let dry
  2. Tape off the stem to avoid getting paint splatters on it.
  3. Paint 1-2 pumpkins each color of the attached color palette. Let dry
  4. Arrange on your front porch in rainbow order!

TIP: The paint will easily chip/peel off the pumpkin, so if you’d like them to last longer, feel free to coat them with a sealant.

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

Other DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Projects

Use this rainbow look everywhere this holiday season to tie it all together! If you want an even bolder rainbow pumpkin display and one that you can reuse in the future, check out our DIY rainbow pumpkin arch! For that project we used foam pumpkins so we can enjoy it for plenty of years to come. Or for our most simple and sustainable rainbow pumpkin project yet, you can make them out of paper for your holiday dinner party. You can find that tutorial here!

For more rainbow inspiration and DIY projects, check out our Pinterest here!

How to pick the right costume for your child while they still have no choice

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This post started out as a “here’s a cute photo of my son in a squirrel costume” and then turned out I had some impassioned thoughts about WHY and HOW to choose the best costume for your child while they still don’t have an opinion. Because there are few things more important that selecting the right costume for your child. Period.

Jasper is 20 months and I know I have a limited window for selecting costumes of which he has no say in. This is a cherished time. Because of the high stakes, I know you know what I’m talking about, I go back and forth on what he should be and I’ve come up with a rubric for costume selection. The ideal costume must include the following:

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!

Jasper or Jared, Who wore it best?

Turns out, it was JASPER who found Jared Leto’s head!

I’m sure we’re not the only ones here who anxiously await the arrival of the Met Gala yearly. This year, when Anna Wintour announced the Camp theme, we knew we were in for a show (even though honestly, it’s how I would love to dress every day of the year). But boy it was an even better show than I could have imagined. I could take hours to discuss our favorite looks, who really embodied “camp” or the costumes that just left us a little confused, but I would rather just get to the point. Jasper as Jared Leto… Camp Themed! Dun dun dun!! Who wore it best? I’m clearly biased, but can you blame me? A baby in a wig… carrying a doll with a wig…? Sorry Mr. Leto, we think we’ll call this one a win for Jasper!

If you’re not too creeped out yet, click to see more! 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Arch

In another life, I think I should have been an architect. Or at least just an arch-themed one. You may have noticed by now that I have a bit of a thing for balloon themed arches. Lest we forget the flamingo balloon arch, the Rainbow arch, the heart arch…I think you get it, I love a good arch!

Of course, the problem with creating is that as soon as you finish one, you just want to do another, and I’ve had a hankering to make a new one as of late. As it turns out, our friends at Michaels were craving something colorful as well, so we teamed up to bring you what might just be one of my favorite arches yet. Behold, the Rainbow Pumpkin arch!

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

Picasso and Painting Mommy and Me Halloween Costume

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Picasso and Painting

For years I’ve been dreaming about the day when I could create Mommy and Me costumes for Halloween. I mean, matching my child in costume? Yes, please! Jasper is 8 months now and I literally brainstorm the possibilities EVERY SINGLE DAY. So when Primary approached us about creating a costume with their children’s clothing, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. They have the best basics for babies and toddlers and with their color variety, the possibilities are endless. (remember our triplets costumes?!) Enter the Picasso and Painting Costume!

Picasso and Painting

Jasper has been blessed with many gifts, one of them being Pablo Picasso’s doppleganger. I’ve included a side by side photo comparison for your viewing pleasure. Is it the bald head? The nose? The big belly? Listen, having my son resemble a master, no matter the appearance, is enough to convince me that he may also be a genius. Primary just so happened to carry a navy and white striped onesie, so it was clearly meant to be. Jasper would be Picasso and I would be his most prized work of art! Ha! It came together really quickly and is super easy to DIY!

Take a look to see how we created the whole ensemble!

Influential Women Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! Dressing up is one of my favorite things and, no hyperbole, I think about what I’m going to dress up as every single day of the calendar year. It’s sad but true. This year is particularly exciting since it will be Jasper’s first Halloween so you can imagine how my Mother Boy have been working overtime. Stay tuned for that big reveal next week 😉

2018 has been a year chock full of empowering women who have inspired us in so many ways. In that spirit, we picked a few of our favorite women to honor this Halloween and to channel some of their girl boss energy! Kate Spade, Serena Williams, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were our respective picks. We partnered with Cricut to make their costumes come to life using the Cricut Maker. And we’ve made it super simple for you by providing all the templates you need to cut out the basic elements ALL OUT OF PAPER! NO SEWING INVOLVED!

Get all the templates and instructions to create each girl-power costume!

3 Ways to Use Printable Halloween Cards

These printable Halloween cards are the perfect thing for teachers, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone who needs a little sentimental spook! Choose from a witch, a ghost, or a mystical palm reading and read below for 3 spook-tacular ideas of how to use them.

Printable Halloween Cards

Printable Halloween Cards

Treat Bag

We printed ours out and added to…a bag of candy of course!  How perfect would these be for classmate/friend gifts.  No more scrambling the night before the class Halloween party, just print and tape.
Printable Halloween Cards

 Poster

Pick your favorite print, I think mine is the mystical hand.  Find your local large format print shop and print off the design BIG.  Voila!  You now have a splendidly spooky poster to decorate for the season

Printable Halloween Cards

Postcard

Like I said, Halloween might not be the most sentimental holiday, but it’s still a holiday nonetheless and I believe holidays are meant to be shared with family and friends.  If you have grandparents or cousins that live far away, print off these cards and use the back to write a little postcard.

 

Printable Halloween Cards

Printable Halloween Cards

We hope these ideas have given you some fun things to do with your printable cards.  As always, make sure to tag us @houselarsbuilt so we can see how you used your cards!

Purchase the Printable Halloween Cards Here!

Photography by Clara Jones | Illustration by Michelle Christensen 

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

‘Tis the season for giving goodies so why not tuck them into a printable Halloween candy gift Box while you’re at it! It’s much cuter than a handful of candy and makes the perfect gift for friends and neighbors! I’m loading up a bunch to give out to a few women at my church. I’m trying to be more aware of those around me and sometimes a little seasonal treat is just what the doctor ordered. These would also be great to take to your kid’s classroom or even to the workplace to brighten everyone’s day! Tied with a variety of ribbons, these boxes are a breeze to put together.

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

Download the template and start putting some treats together! 

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!