Often when young children are considering Halloween costumes, and especially when parents are encouraging homemade costumes instead of store bought character costumes, young children will often lean towards what they want to be when they grow up. If your child is dreaming of being a ballerina, a chef, a farmer, a cowboy or cowgirl or firefighter, you know doubt no what items you need to pull off these occupation related Halloween costumes. Here are five more easy to pull off Halloween costumes that will either use things you likely have on hand or things that are easily reusable.
Fishing Boat Captain:
While my son came eventually learned to love dress up play, on his second Halloween when he was not yet two, he was not interested in wearing a costume at all. However he loved wearing his rain boots and was always trying to wear his big sister’s yellow coat. I decided to take what he did love wearing and incorporate it into a homemade Halloween costume.
With a rain coat and rain boots all it took was a simple plastic bucket with the word “Bait” written in permanent marker to turn him into the “Gordon’s fisherman.” We offered him the yellow rain hat as well. He was uninterested but looked adorable as a fishing boat captain and soon learned that his bait bucket “caught” him plenty of Halloween candy treats.
John Deere (or other) Repairman
By his third Halloween my son had discovered tractors, both real and toys. He was fascinated by tractors. Since John Deere equipment is popular in our rural area, he had already acquired the t-shirt and hat, a tool general tool belt and the little green John Deere tool box.
On Halloween night, he really wasn’t dressed all that different than any other day, which meant he was very comfortable in his bib overalls, green John Deere t-shirt and hat. He was happy to collect candy in his John Deere tool box but in true form at one house when all the other kids were standing at the door waiting for candy, he was in the yard admiring a John Deere lawn mower.
Of course this homemade Halloween costume could be adjusted to any Mr. Fix It costume.
Race Car Driver:
Now we are up to the fourth Halloween when my son was almost five and had discovered super heroes and store bought costumes and had decided to hold out for one. Mom held out longer. On the day of Halloween, he finally decided that he thought he’d like to be a race car driver. Could I do that he asked? Sure. I could create a homemade Halloween costume, vroom, vroom fast.
We started with hand me down ski down black ski bibs. While he wore a motorcycle helmet for photo ops, those are too heavy and impractical for Halloween events and festivities. We topped of the outfit with a baseball cap, a bandana, and a cardboard box car made with just one lap to go.
This year my son came upon his homemade Halloween costume by accident. My daughter had recently invited him to participate with her as she experimented with her chemistry set. His favorite part was wearing the safety glasses. Fast forward a week and I was trying on long sleeved white button up shirts to see if anything from last year would fit this fall. One turned up with the sleeves too short and he said “Mom, don’t get rid of this. I can roll up the sleeves and leave it open and I’ll look like a scientist.”
He of course asked to borrow the safety glasses and we’ve had a lot of fun coming up with accessories like his Dad’s headlamp used for power outages and several scientist tools for his lab coat pocket.
My son hasn’t had all of the fun creating homemade occupation related costumes. Last year my daughter decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian for Halloween. We were able to get size small “scrubs” from the drugstore for under $10.00. This was a purchase yes, but they have made great pajamas this past year so it was a much better investment than a plastic, non-reusable costume.
For the finishing touches, we added an empty box of pet meds to her pocket and she took her favorite stuffed dog on a leash.
When your child starts dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up, or what they want to dress up as for Halloween, it’s amazing what you can find your closets and toy boxes to make their dreams come true.