First up: Hallie girl. Hallie wanted to be Alice In Wonderland this year. She's in a Music Theater class and this year they are doing a play based on Alice In Wonderland, so we thought she should go with that theme. My Mom and I (mostly my Mom) made her dress and apron. I wish I could point you in the direction of a pattern, but my Mom doesn't work that way. We used a collar from one pattern, sleeves from another (I felt like Anne of Green Gables with a need for puffed sleeves), a bodice from a third, and then made up the rest.
Now Dallas had more of a hard time coming up with a costume idea for himself. I found this skull fabric at Jo-Ann's and thought it was fun enough that we could create a costume based on it. We decided to buy him a skeleton costume and then doctor it up, thus making him a Skeleton King. I uttered the phrase "just trust your mother" more than he wanted to hear, but I think even he is happy with the results.
We made Dallas' scepter and crown with different Halloween decorations from Michael's and some spray paint. But of course they needed the glittery red eyes like his cape, so with a little glue and glitter we found ourselves in great shape.
I'm happy with our costume results this year (even though I wish I could get my kids to still agree on a central theme, oh well.) And I think there are two other people who are happy with them as well.
I'm pretty much already mourning the day these two refuse to dress up for Halloween. I figure I've got a good 8-10 years left. I think their college roommates might find it a bit odd when their Mom shows up wanting to measure them for costumes. But I'm not saying I won't try.