My daughter is a huge fan of ’80s movies, so it was no surprise she wanted to base her Halloween costume this year around one. She showed me a picture of an Elliott and ET costume from Pinterest and asked me to recreate it.
My wonderful brother-in-law happened to have some very old handlebars that looked just like a version from that era. I have seen others use pipes etc. to build their own if you don’t have access to some.
I connected the handlebars to a basket by sewing them together with fishing wire. It is thin plastic, not actual wire, so it was pretty easy to hand-sew. I’m not a seamstress at all as you can see in the picture.
The white yarn is from my first plan, but I changed to the more invisible wire and was too lazy to remove the yarn and resew that section. Luckily, you can’t see that area anyway once the costume is on.
I created an ET doll by printing off a picture of his head from the internet and attaching it to the back of a penguin doll’s head. This was easily done with yarn taped to the ET picture and wrapped around the penguin’s face.
The basket I used had paper confetti in it, which mixed with some bubble wrap, secured ET in the basket. I then covered the penguin’s body with a baby blanket.
I tied a red exercise band to the basket to attach it to my daughter so she wouldn’t have to hold it all night. The band is soft enough to lay on her neck and hangs nicely.
She loved it! I bought her a red hoodie from Old Navy. It was the only expense for the costume, and she can continue to wear it long after Halloween is over.
What is everyone else being for Halloween this year? Are you a buyer or maker of your costumes? I do both. My son thankfully chose a store-bought costume this year giving me plenty of time to focus on this one for my daughter.
UPDATE: Years later my son wore this costume and was a hit at his Halloween party as well. So good to know some things (like ’80s movies) bring joy to all generations!
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