November 3, 2010 8:44 am


Growing up, I don’t recall ever having a store-bought Halloween costume. Elements of our costumes were store-bought, for sure, but if we wanted to be a witch, we didn’t go to the store and buy a “Witch Costume” off the rack, we dressed in black and painted our face and wore a pointy hat. Of course, this was likely due to cost considerations more than anything else, but I still feel weird about buying a costume from a store.

For Wesley’s first Halloween, we decided he would be Yoda. More specifically, he would be Yoda from the scene where Luke Skywalker is training in Dagobah and wearing Yoda on his back in a carrier. Daniel could be Luke and Wesley could be Yoda! Perfect!

In the spirit of handmade costumes, I sewed a Yoda hat with ears, based on a store-bought hat he already owned. Pipe cleaners were inserted in the top edge of the ears, so if you wanted you could bend them around. I also sewed little three-fingered mittens and booties, as well as a Jedi robe/tunic. He wore a long-sleeved brown onesie underneath. (I’m considering offering the “patterns” I made as a freebie on my site – I just need to scan them and write a tutorial.)

Wesley’s daycare had a Trick-or-Treat Parade on Friday, so Daniel dressed Wesley up in his Yoda costume and took him to the parade and then stopped by my office to say hi.

My co-worker Elliot took a photo of Wesley for me:

I’m very pleased with how his costume came out. You can see more photos of it on Flickr.

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  • the grumbles says:

    oh my god, it turned out incredible! the ears! the ears!

    my mom always made my costumes too. it was a fun tradition.

  • Melissa says:

    I’m no Star Wars fan, but I can’t deny that that costume is ADORABLE!

    When I grew up, my mom either made my costumes or I just used stuff that I already had. Was so much more original than everyone else’s store-bought costumes! I just wish I had the sewing talent that my mom had!

  • Vixx says:

    He looks effing GORGEOUS, Meggan! I’m in awe.

    I’m a store-bought kinda gal, but that’s chiefly because I have the creative prowess of a dead duck. :P Therefore, it’s off the rack or no costume for my poor son!

    That said, even without the costume he’d look beautiful. :D

    V xx

  • Meagan says:

    I am very pleased with how your darling son turned out! Roan would have ripped off the hat in about 3.2 seconds. Wesley is ADORABLE!

  • Kudos and credit to you for Wesley’s adorable costume. Not only does littl’un look sweet enough to eat, but your ingenuity and patience/creativity has made for an incredibly well-designed and well-executed costume. Those ears are all kinds of win!

    When I was a kid, we always had home-made costumes too – as did all of my friends. I think the store bought trend has come along with the increased commercialism surrounding Halloween in recent years. To me, making the costume and getting covered in papier-mache, glue, glitter, crepe paper and fake blood was all part of the fun in the excitement and run-up to Halloween. I can’t help but think that children that just take their costumes out of packets miss out on that experience. My grandfather handmade a witch’s broom from willow branches for my sister to go Trick or Treating with and it looked far more creepy and convincing than any plastic store purchase – not to mention it came out year after year, unlike its mass-produced and largely disposable counterparts.

    Home-made costume FTW!

  • Rose says:

    Wow, I saw these on flickr but had no idea you made it yourself! Awesome job! I could have NEVER done this!