Hello and happy Thursday! I am just finishing up Bugaboo’s Halloween costume for this year so he is all set for this weekend to go to our Zoo’s trick-or-treat event. They have a little costume parade and it is so cute! Today I thought I’d share with you Bugaboo’s Halloween costume from last year – Star Wars themed! Now, I have titled it a toddler costume, even though Bugaboo was only 9 months old, because he was already in 18-month clothing – so I thought toddler may be more appropriate!
We always joked how big Bugaboo’s ears were, so my husband thought it would be very appropriate to make him into a little Yoda for Halloween! He was so excited, I decided to go for it!
We decided to do family costumes – Bugaboo would be Yoda, my husband would be Luke Skywalker, and I would be R2-D2! My husband kept referencing a very specific scene – the Degobah scene – where Yoda is being carried on Luke’s back. I did my research and tried to be “accurate” to the movie. It felt a bit like costume designing so I felt right at home!
While Bugaboo has big ears, it would be way too cold to not cover them, so I ordered an adorable crocheted Yoda hat off Etsy. I got mine from CrowberryCrochet and loved it. (She is taking a break right now so I can’t link to it, but there are tons of options for yoda hats on Etsy). We already had a brown long-sleeved onesie, so I just picked up some brown pants when I saw them on sale. I made Yoda’s robe by altering a pattern I picked up at Joann Fabrics for a karate jacket.
The pattern is child-sized, not for babies, but it was nice to have a starting point since I am not super experienced in drafting baby patterns – oddly, we don’t get a lot of 9-month-old actors in theater :) The karate robe had the same type of neckline and overlap as Yoda’s robe, so I just had to size down the pattern and create a different shaped sleeve.
A baby Yoda costume isn’t complete until you have a baby-sized lightsaber! I made a little lightsaber rattle for Bugaboo to carry around with him! I added a velcro loop to the end since he was really into velcro loops at the time!
As Luke Skywalker, my husband wore a khaki button down and khaki pants. He used our baby carrier and carried Bugaboo on his back for the costume parade. It was so cute! As R2-D2, I decided to use an old white hoodie I had used in a costume design back in school. I originally got it in the men’s section at Target for $6! So I didn’t feel too bad about sewing felt all over it. I had seen this hoodie online but didn’t want to pay that much, so I mimicked their placement and just top stitched the felt right to the top of the hoodie. It was tedious but easy and, more importantly, inexpensive!
For R2-D2’s hat, I bought a half of a hollow styrofoam ball and painted it. I used a bottle top for his holographic projector and then couldn’t resist adding some pretty pleated trim to the edges. I mounted it on a wide silver headband so I could wear it. It was not the most comfortable, but I was only going to be wearing it for a few hours so it wasn’t a big deal to me.
So there are our Halloween costumes from last year!! Since I am a costume designer, I get asked all the time about Halloween, and everyone assumes I go crazy, but the truth is, I usually don’t have the time or energy to sit down and make myself costumes – not when I’ve been working on them all day. But now that Bugaboo is here, I have been having a blast making costumes for him these past two years. I am looking forward to when he is old enough to tell me what he wants to be and then the challenge of making it happen!
Do you have your costumes ready to go? There is still over a week so there is plenty of time to make something awesome happen!