Every year one of the highlights of our fall is the Not So Scary Halloween Party! It is our natural transition to fall since Florida doesn’t have the cool breezes and leaves falling from the trees. One of my favorite parts of the party is planning a not so scary family costume. I wanted to share some tips with you to help you plan your costume the right way.
Planning a Not So Scary Family Costume
Please keep in mind that these are our tips for costume planning. You may find that your situation is not perfectly reflected here but you will be able to learn some tips or tricks.
Less is more.
It can be tempting to go all out. In fact, there are some gorgeous Disney Bounding options and pre-made costumes at the stores. Here’s the thing, with many of these options the layers can become a hindrance to enjoying your park going experience. Try to find ways to enjoy the costume you can love without having to over complicate.
Remember it is HOT!!
There are some incredible Disney characters that love to rock something warm. Long jackets, long sleeved costumes, and heavy layers can ruin your fun. Instead, opt for costume elements that look like they are the character in mind, without being too hot.
T-Shirts can be a fun alternative to heavy costumes.
While it can be awesome to put together layers with jackets and such, the heat can be overwhelming. Instead, try having some fun customizing a t-shirt to fit the style you prefer. There are many simple ways to had some fun
Tutus are a great way to pull a costume together but they have some issues
Tutus can be a fun way to pull a costume together. However, there are a few things that make them less magical. If it rains, they become a droopy nightmare. If you have a tutu, plan for weather issues and make sure it isn’t too long for climbing on and off of rides.
The right ears pull a look together.
Masks and hats can cause a problem. Try buying a perfect pair of Mickey ears or make your own. They really can pull a great costume together and make things work even better.
Take advantage of strollers,
wheelchairs, baby wearing, or pregnancy to play with the theme.
We had so much fun at our party and saw some incredible costumes. One of my favorites was a wheelchair that looked like an ocean scene with the person in it as Nemo. We also saw a pregnant Winnie the Pooh costume and a Kanga baby wearing a tiny Roo. Make sure to have some fun with it.
Make sure costumes work on their own.
Sometimes you won’t be together as a family. Whether you separate for different rides or shows, it can be easy to end up separated. If you want your costume to be identifiable it might help to make sure that your individual peace clearly communicates what you are.
Be realistic about your kids.
In your head, you may have a vision of a costume. However, some kids don’t get with the program. Some kids have sensory issues and some kids just hate certain costume pieces. For my son, I created the hat pictured above knowing full well my son would wear it for pictures and then he would take it off and throw it in a backpack. It’s important to be realistic about the kids you have.
The dollar store can be your best friend!
Building a costume can get pricey quickly. Instead of breaking the bank, make a trip to the dollar store first. You can also take advantage of coupons from Michael’s or your local thrift store to pull your costume together.
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