Halloween has always been such a stressful time for me as a mom. As much as I try to prepare for situations like these, invariably I’m rushing around at the last second trying to find last-minute costume ideas.
It was almost easier to come up with costume ideas when the kids were little, because I could just throw them into one-piece farm animal suits (apparently the cow was my animal of choice):
Bree, being the first-born (nearly 2 in this photo), had no choice but to be my first victim. What you don’t see in this photo is 1-month-old Bailey in a lamb costume. Baaaaaaaa.
The following Halloween, 1-year-old Bailey got her turn to be the cow. (Note the sincere smile on Bree’s face as she was THRILLED to be wearing that Barney costume. She didn’t take it off for two months and that’s not even a joke. Poor Bailey is like, “Great. You get the good costume while I get this recycled cow getup.”)
Fast forward 10 years: Just because I couldn’t find the original cow costume didn’t stop me from buying Janey (pictured here at 18 months) a better, more elaborate cow ensemble. By this time I had perfected the black dot nose and rosy cheeks, no?
Now that the older girls are teenagers, they’re pretty much left to their own devices to come up with costume ideas. A couple years ago they went as Fook Me and Fook Yu—remember that? This year their Halloween brainstorm sessions have come up short, leaving them no choice but to ask their mother for advice.
Because I’m kind of crafty and resourceful, I did what I always do when I need help with something— I YouTube it.
After scouring YouTube for Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share them with you!
Here are some of my favorite Halloween makeup tutorials:
Pantomime, by MissChievous
Zombie, by SarahVictor
Dark Fairy, by MakeupGeek
Masquerade Ball, by goldiestarling
Evil Witch, by MissChievous (I tried this one last year!)
If all else fails, you can just use your favorite eyeliner pencil to create some well-placed freckles. That works for me every time!
Janey, age 6 months.
Tell me what you’re going to be for Halloween!