Last minute halloween costumes

This year for Halloween Henrik is going as a bat and Maja will be Red Riding Hood.  I like to keep Halloween costumes simple, something we have at home or they can wear over and over again as dress up.

Henrik has been talking about being a bat for Halloween for a long time now and I was happy to oblige (some of his other ideas sounded very complicated and involved).  His costume was so easy to make, for the bat body I bought a black long sleeve shirt and leggings in the girl’s section of the department store. To make the wings I cut two pieces of felt, black and gray, in the shape of bat wings.  I cut the black felt smaller and sewed it onto the gray felt.  I then sewed thick elastic at the ends of the wings as armbands for Henrik to slide his arms through.  I also tacked the top of the wings to his shirt in a few places like the neck and shoulders.  To make the mask I cut a thick band of black felt, cut out two eye holes, and attached the back onto a piece of thick black elastic.  I then cut the ears out of black and gray felt, sewed them together and attached them to the mask.

I used black washi tape to make the Haunted Castle and Henrik made the grave yard out of silver washi tape.  This was so easy to make, It only took about five minutes and Henrik and I had so much fun doing it.

Little Miss Red Riding Hood’s costume was even easier than the bat costume.  Luckily I had this darling red cape (One of the first things I bought after I found out I was having a girl!)  The rest of the outfit came from Maja’s wardrobe as well.  The wolf toy you can get here and the large log pouf here. I made a house for Red Riding hood out of washi tape and Henrik made one next door.  I bought most of my washi tape from Darly Bird, she has an amazing selection.

I hope you enjoy and have a happy Halloween!


  1. so cute! i’ve seen that sweet red cape around a few stores here and I wish i could know for certainty that at some point I’d have a little girl so that I can have an excuse to buy it. We were all about the last minute costumes this year too…it didn’t help that we were all super sick

    • admin:

      Maybe you should get the red cape anyway. If you don’t have a girl you’ll make a friend or family member who’s having a girl very happy. I saw that you recently travelled to Amsterdam, how fun! Some of my favorite designers are from the Netherlands.

  2. I LOVE the simplicity of your home and style. The outfits are PERFECT and all you really need! Great work mom! Do you have just one huge open wall or ALOT of open space to photograph. I keep thinking your site is from another country–what is your style called???

    • admin:

      Thank you for your sweet compliments. I have an area in our hallway that has a large wall with a window, it gets soft lighting in the afternoon. I don’t know what my style is called, but I really like Scandinavian and Northern European Design.

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  4. The little red riding hood is adorable! Love that red cape and the wolf (although he does not look very scary ;o)

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  6. I adore the ‘simplicity’ of your costumes….what a wonderful idea to create something that can be used over and over for dress-up. Not to mention, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sweeter Little Red Riding Hood…she’s the stuff illustrations are made of!

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