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You know, as ridiculous as I’ve ever looked, I can’t think of a single time I’ve ever regretted dressing up for Halloween with the kids.
I feel a little silly and self-conscious because not a lot of parents dress up, but I don’t ever want to outgrow it. It’s just too fun to look through photo albums and find old pics like this:
Last year we went as Justice League superheroes.
We are HUGE dinosaur fans in this house these days, we have makeshift dinosaur habitats all over our house on a regular basis, and have made road trips to see dinosaur bones and exhibits. We have taken short day trips and really long road trips and it’s been worth it every time.
We love the Jurassic Park movie series, and the Jurassic World movie inspired our costumes this year.
We are Owen the Velociraptor trainer, Claire the naive-corporate-theme-park-manager-turned-unlikely-hero, the lab-designed-villain-dinosaur Indominus Rex and Blue, the Beta Velociraptor.
Here are a few pics from the movie if you aren’t familiar. We wanted to re-enact some of the scenes because obviously.
Okay, so we admittedly didn’t totally nail the re-enactments but it was fun to do this. My husband won’t be able to trick or treat with us Halloween night due to work commitments so this was fun to put together and something special to do together beforehand.
I planned to buy the kids’ costumes but I got so busy I neglected to order the Jurassic World dinosaur costumes in time before they were out of stock. Totally my fault, but I do like to get crafty and improvise.
For the boys’ costumes, I found great textured felt sheets at Joann’s and cut them into misshapen strips to mock the swirls and spikes of dinosaur skin for the raptor and Indominus. I glued them to sweatpants and sweatshirts with fabric glue for the kids.
I picked up my outfit for Claire at Goodwill and my husband already had clothes for Owen in his closet and his gun is a video game controller for a hunting game we had at home.
The kids are not fond of masks or makeup, so I tried to get creative with light crayon-type colors for their faces and I just winged it. They were happy and that’s all that matters 🙂
I didn’t have time to make dinosaur tails at home so I consulted my favorite site that has absolutely everything, anytime: Amazon.
I found these adorable dinosaur tails and since they are a Prime item, I ordered them on the Friday before Halloween and got them on Saturday. Amazon Prime is worth every dime, folks. Momlife would be so much harder without it!
I planned to make a temporary cover for the tails with the same colored fabric as their clothing, but they loved them as-is so I left them alone. I know they will play with them long after Halloween is over, they’ve already gotten quite a bit of mileage.
Since the pictures don’t show the tails extremely well, here’s a video of them running around the yard playing in them, they are a big hit!
So this was our family costume set for this year. I know we will look back on these pictures with fond memories.
Thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing what inspiration will bring us for Halloween next year!