Five things friday: link-up #21 {handmade halloween edition – taking the cost out of costumes}

“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



Hellooo, November!

Leaves are falling, fog is rising, early nights are on their way and Halloween costumes have officially been retired. I’m mixing things up this Five Things Friday and dedicating my photo-roundup to this year’s handmade Halloween costumes! 🎃👻

First up, here are this week’s five not-so-random things from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the sky fading to a burning orange, the moon popping out, and eventually the thin crack of light under your door flickering to black
  • guessing the pumpkin’s weight and getting it free
  • buying enough candy for all the trick-or-treaters
  • the Ghostbusters movies
  • When chill November’s surly blast made fields and forests bare. (R. Burns)

Five smiles photo-roundup (costume edition):


This Halloween, after the littles put in their costume demands requests, I went straight to work with the challenge of costuming a Ghostbuster and a Pumpkin.

To see my handmade Halloween costumes from previous years, click here!

Two things I did differently with costuming this year:
– zero patterns
– ZERO cost

Well technically, the buckets were $3 each making the total cost of the costumes a whopping $6! You guys, fabric hoarding really has its benefits! 😉

Who you gonna call? This jumpsuit was made from a super thick flat sheet that I scored during a thrifting trip a few months ago (the orange and light gray fabric strips were also from my stash). I used t-shirt iron-on transfer paper from a previous project for the patch and name tag. A pair of 3D glasses with the lenses popped out completed the look.

My husband was on Proton Pack duty… he made the entire pack from discarded cardboard, miscellaneous unused cables and cords, duct tape, already owned finger flashlights and recycle bin finds (note the k-cups, plastic cookie sleeve tray, vitamin water bottle, twist off plastic bottle caps… etc.). The straps were borrowed from his guitar case.

Of course, you can’t have Ghostbusters without Slimer… with a little paint, we transformed my daughter’s “Ectoplasm green” colored treat bucket into his much less slimy looking likeness.

One little pumpkin. This costume was made from an orange vintage sheet that was thrifted last year. It was stuffed with Poly-Fil from my stash and accented with green leaves made from leftover t-shirt remnants from his first Halloween costume a few years ago.

Bonus happy: Because Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a spooky sky view. I snapped this one during the walk up to our first house of the night.img_2873

Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.


1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

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*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.

I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!


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11 thoughts on “Five things friday: link-up #21 {handmade halloween edition – taking the cost out of costumes}

  1. These costumes are perfect! And aspirational with all of the upcycled materials. I have been thinking of my #makedoquilt and have a few materials gathered for that. Cheers!


  2. Amanda, you have such an awesome creative streak. That Ghostbusters outfit is spot-on. Kudos to your husband for the backpack made with a collection of recycled craziness. She looks adorable, as does your little pumpkin. Outstanding🎃🎃🎃


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