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It’s the 5th Annual Modern Kiddo Costume Parade! {Cool Homemade Costumes!}

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Step right up folks, it’s time once again for the Modern Kiddo Costume Parade! We said wanted to see yer best homemade costumes—and you delivered! Of course I should have known that Modern Kiddo readers are a talented bunch and you guys turned it out with some spectacular and creative costumes. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s fantastic creations!

We begin with a BANG!

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It’s a jolly holiday indeed when you have someone like Ashley from Make It Love It on your team. WOW just check out this AMAZING Mary Poppins costume! photo Poppins_mary.jpg

As if this weren’t enough, she whipped together a simply adorable Bert costume too! You can even see how she made it right here.

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Next up! My little Pinata! Wolfie made a smash the previous year when he went as a meatball so we knew we wanted to do something equally fun the next year. A pinata was just the ticket! We made the entire thing out of a carbbord box and lots of tissue paper (the head was tricky but I love how it turned out!).

My friend Heather (@heather_rome) is a wildly talented stylist—so it should come as no surprise that her cool boy Cash turned it out with this bananas KISS costume! The question is, does he want to rock-n-roll all night, or trick-or-treat???? Hmmmm.

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Oh little Luna! Amanda of Elksan’s sweet girl is the cutest little kitty cat lamby we ever did see! {That sweet “fur”? A handmade Markham Loop Collar from Good Night Day}

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Cutie pie Aidan went as a lovely Monarch Butterfly. Her daddy made the mask and mama Tara whipped together six layers of tulle for the skirt. So adorable!

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Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles onions on sesame seed toddler! Marie’s sweet little man Timmy makes the most delicious little cheeseburger, no??
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Wolfie’s school friend Alyssa went as this super cool donut! They simply painted an inner tube and added beads as “sprinkles”! GENIUS!!
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OOMPAH LOOPMAH LOOMPAH DEE DOOOO! Look at Beth’s two awesome kiddos, Oliver and Violet. I’m not sure what I love more, their sweet names or those fun little overalls!
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I don’t know about you, but Minecraft is alllll the rage over here. Clever Stephanie (of MaeDae) crafted up these amazing Minecraft costumes for her kiddos Gavin and Guini. I bet these were a smash success!
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Modern Kiddo fave Billy went as a Zombie from “Plants vs. Zombies”. This stylish lad went to the thrift shop with his mama Gabrielle and picked the suit and tie as he wanted them just right! Fabulous!

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Brother Arlo wanted to be a Skeleton Fire Pterodactyl so Garbielle sewed him up a crazy red suit with a gold felt skeleton and a matching head piece. So cool!

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I love group costumes and oh my goodness, Miss Jill of kitchenfunwithmy3sons is the MASTER!! Just look at this amazing Camping themed group—vintage trailer! Campfire! Wee little marshmallow! LOVE IT! You must visit her site to see their costumes over the years, truly amazing!

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TOTORO!!!! The lovely Erin (of Swonderland) turned a simple hoodie + felt + hot glue into an adorable costume for sweet Clark. LOVE!
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It looks like little Baby Florence has been masquerading as Baby Venice in her brilliant strolling gondola costume! Really clever! (and she is just SO cute with that jaunty cap, no?) From instagrammer @lalstephens!

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Aww look how cute adorable Judah is as the Space Shuttle?? I LOVE these kinds of costumes! His sweet mama Jess (of My Little Mustache) crafted this stylish suit up. 3-2-1 BLAST OFF to CUTENESS!

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Instagrammer @ritabellekane turned her cutie Evan into the happiest lil cotton candy girl. Adorable!
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Hee hee. Sarah is so awesome. We love Wes Anderson around here, so you can bet I was giggling over her twin girls as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom!
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I was totally smitten with my fab friend @mizlandry‘s daughter Audrey as this sassy Zombie!  Stylishly ghoulish!
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My lovely friend Kristi (@kristimontague) whipped together this amazing Max and Carol ensemble for her two cute Wild Things. Grrrreat!

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Stacey (of hartandsew) always comes up with the most special little costumes for her beautiful girls LM and Lark. Just take a look at these cuties!! The kitty is so sweet but that Gnome?? Oh my stars….
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Our pal Beth (of fuzzymamavintage) said her sweet son Harrison wanted to be James Bond— so her hubby spiffed up his tuxedo with a jet pack. It’s so Thunderball!!  We say, double-oh-YEAH BABY!

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The awesome Jenn (of The Blueberry Hill) said she was inspired by one of our past Modern Kiddo Costume Parades to make this fabulous California Roll costume for her cool son Max! I love it! Hey Max! Wasssssabi!
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Heather’s (@heather_rome) family is always so creative….remember Mr. KISS from earlier in this post? Well take a look at this! Cash has traded in the platform boots for a Krazy Klown get up (EEK!) brother Dax is Anubis (the jackal-headed Egyptian god of the afterlife!) and sweet lil Penelope is PUNKY BREWSTER (so stinkin’ cute!). AW yeah!
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Our cute pal Jody’s awesome girls Gillian and Eliza went as Jake and Izzy of Neverland Pirate fame. I gotta say that these little ladies are adarrrrrrrrrrgh-able!!!

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Kristy (of thriftyvintagekitten) turned out a very sweet Little Red Riding Hood for her little girl! She crocheted the little red hooded capelet and found a perfect  dress in her vintage stash. Adorable!

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Enzo and his mamas are just too clever! I was loving their Harry Potter outfits (with moms Colleen and Adrienne as Snape and Macgonnagal!) but then their super fab Scooby Doo Crew totally had me grinning. That FRED!
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Last year when sweet Suzy was 7 months pregnant, her son was really into the Peanuts gang. So what did they do? Oh, just a really really cute Charlie Brown-themed family costume. And guess who was the Great Pumpkin?!?  Ha! Too cute!

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Kim’s little man Thomas was obsessed with owls. So this crafty gal took some brown felt scraps, yarn from the stash and a souped-up stocking cap to create this sweet costume. Word on the street is that Thomas was owlfully proud.

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Last year my friend Katrina won me over with her son Ewan’s super sweet “Sheet Ghost” costume. This year she (and Ewan!) didn’t disappoint. “I want my mummy!!!!”

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Little Graham was not to be outdone. Katrina took a thrifted speckled sweater, beanie from target, and then crocheted a scarf and pom pom…..to make the cutest lil Sock Monkey EVER!
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Kristen (of RobotParadeVintage) always turns it out. In past parades, her son has been a rockin’ Macguyver, a super rad Transformer….and now check this out! A BATTERY!! We say Double AA+!!!

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We’ll close with two of my Kiddo Parade All Star favorites. First up is the magnificent Bela! She’s the daughter of  amazing designer Karen (mishalulu!). You probably remember her brilliant “Alice in Wonderland Outgrowing her House” costume….SO GOOD. Now check out this simply fantastic Amelia Earhart!!
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I mean, HOW creative and fun?? We just adore Miss Bela.

Speaking of creative and fun, one of my other favorite kiddos is the very clever Sayer, son of talented artist Kristin (KLT Works). Check out THIS artistic family! Sayer was a fabulous Oompah Loompah, his papa was Wonka…..and Kristin? Oh, just an adorable WONKA BAR. Love it!

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Kristin was kind enough to give us a sneak peek at this year’s costume—Abe Lincoln! Sayer read that Lincoln was nearly 7 feet tall with this trademark stovepipe hat, so he wanted a hat that would make HIM seven feet tall too! hahaha. What a kiddo!! {here he is at the roller rink….I’m dying….}

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WHEW! Well that’s all folks…..what an astounding array of costumes, no?? Thank you so so much to everyone who participated! My in box was bursting at the seams with all this DIY goodness!! {OH! and if you sent me something and you aren’t seeing it here, do shoot me a note! It’s possible it just got lost in the email vortex. We want to make sure everyone who wants to join the parade can!}

{PS Wanna see what Wolfie went as this year?? Pop on my instragram feed @galexina!}

It’s the 3rd Annual Modern Kiddo Costume Parade! {Cool Homemade Costumes!}

Step right up folks, it’s time for the Modern Kiddo Costume Parade! We said wanted to see yer best homemade costumes—the good, the bad, the semi disastrous. And you delivered! Of course I should have known that Modern Kiddo readers don’t play the Craft Fail game and ya’ll turned it out with some spectacular costumes (I mean, I can’t lie. I was secretly hoping to see some goofy fun disasters just to make my non-sewing butt feel better). Take a look at some of these fantastic creations. Seriously you guys….these are all amazing.

Mama Jocelyn (from Etsy shop The Nesting Spot) crafted up two of the most adorable ensembles EVERRRRR. First up, sweet little Audrey as Red Riding Hood. This is one costume I never tire of. And Audrey is kind of the cutest thing around.

But wait til you see her brother Josiah….as Sherlock Holmes!!! I die.

Last year we featured sweet little Olive as a sassy Pirate Girl.  This year her mama Greta (from LayerCakeShop.com) did it again with this darling rainbow. If this doesn’t make you smile, you have a heart of stone people!

I don’t know what is cuter….the fact that this little one’s name is Marlo Pearl, or the fact that she is a dressed as Mary Poppins!!

Mama Lindsay sent us this adorable photo of her little man Greyson…I think he’s the cutest gnome around!

Little Murphy’s mum Maren (greenhearts, red balloons) made him  a super cute outfit for his first Halloween. He is dressed as the Prince of all Cosmos from Japanese game Katamari Damcy. I’m not familiar with the game but I think he looks pretty darn cute!

Miss Beatrice Bird is a favorite around these parts (you can see when she was our Weekly Kiddo over here!) and last year she went as a sassy, spunky Mermaid! Her mama Natalie  created these mermaid costumes for both her girls. Ariel would be proud!

Kristen, (from the amazing shop The Robot Parade for Kids), is seriously so clever and creative. It wasn’t enough that her lil’ man Eli went as a tiny MacGyver….(oh yeah…)

but then last year he went as Transformer, Optimus Prime! The best part is that it actually transformed. Kristen told me, “People loved it and he got extra candy for transforming at some stops!” Go Eli!

While we’re on the theme of transportation, check out the adorable Griffin in his deluxe firetruck! I love the susenders holding up the “car”. His mama Toria is a great pal of mine and you’ll love her tumblr, tiny reads.

As your child gets older, you have less and less control over what they will wear. You want something quirky and conceptual, they want to be Spider Man. Unless of course your child is a budding drama star like Lisa-Garbrielle (of Jungle Dream Pagoda) daughter Ruby. Miss Ruby loves dressing up and counts Holly Golightly, “Gothedy-Anne” and Miss Transylvania among her favorites!

One of Wolfie’s best buds is Miles….both of them are obsessed with Angry Birds, so that’s exactly what Miles went as last year! Mama Lynn (of MizLandry fame) whipped together this avant-garde interpretation and I just love it!


Super heroes are also a popular theme with the little lads, and talented mama Briana knew her boys would flip for these.  Young Lucas helped pick out the fabric for his Hawkeye (from the Avengers) ensemble. Briana says he not helped design it,  and consulted every 20 minutes, while she sewed (“Make it work, mama!”). His brother Jackson makes a fierce Lego Ninjago “Kai DX” too. [Mother’s of young boys under 5, this will allllll make sense in a few years. Trust me.  😉 ]

Tammy’s little girl Gia is not only stylish (she of the polka dot Flamenco shoes!) but she is a total performer….I love a little girl who isn’t afraid to go the non-princess route! This mummy is a scream! She can be my ghoul friend any day! OK OK…..that’s a wrap…..hyuck hyuck.

This next one kills me. Baby Jane went as…..her DAD! Mama Jill explained, “Everyone always mentioned how much she looked like her daddy, so that’s exactly who she dressed up as! We used eyeliner for her goatee, I cut out a Miller Lite logo from a beer case and pinned it to a tiny ballcap, put her bottle in a koozie (in place of a beer) and even clipped a toy iphone to her belt loop. Everyone at the party thought it was hysterical!” OK, I’m totally dying too!!

I love when people get clever with the materials they use for their costumes. Check out these cute Jelly Belly girls! We saw them at a local parade and I loooved it! A clear plastic bag and mini balloons! Genius!

Groove meister Graham made this sweet robot get up all by himeself with a hot glue gun and all kinds of goodies from the Dollar Store. My fave item? One of those silver sun shields for the windshield of the car. CLEVER!!

This little miss (also from our parade day) came as the cutest sushi I ever did see….packing peanuts as rice? A red plastic bag with a Kikkoman print out on it as the soy sauce?? PURE GENIUS!

Crafty mama Stephanie May came up with these super cool boxes of candy for her three cuties. I’m a sucker for a costume made out of a box! You can see more on her blog, may dae.

Mama Shelley made this Owl costume for her daughter Lindsay Jane  from a Simplicity pattern….wow! So impressively cute! (Lindsay Jane is the sister of Graham, our groovy DIY robot up there!)

Miss Dottie I hope you’re sitting down for this one….not only are Elizabeth’s two cuties dressed as Mary and Laura Ingalls, their names are Daisy & Rosebud. Lemme here ya say it girl, “Squeeee!” Find mama Elizabeth at sugar petite.

Last year, Suzy blew us away with her costume that featured her babe Oscar as Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) and herself as THE BOAT! (check out last year’s post here). This year little Oz wanted to go as Handy Manny and Suzy did a terrific job of making an original outfit that was cute but true to the character!

I don’t usually feature grown ups, but since Suzy was that amazing boat last year, I had to share her “preggo” costume….she went as the sun and constellation and her hubs went as Gallileo! I love it! Sooo clever and cute.

Suzy also snapped this one for me….I think it’s hysterical!

Another Modern Kiddo All Star is little Billy. His mum Gabrielle sent us pictures last year and he immediately earned a spot as a Weekly Kiddo! (you gotta see this cutie, here) Every year they do amazing costumes and last year didn’t disappoint! Check out Billy as a stylish dracula and his two lovely sisters as Dorothy and the cutest little spider you ever did see!

This entry is from a special reader in the UK….little Gwennan! Her mother Ceri is a wiz when it comes to crafting up costumes for her little cutie. Just check these out—all handmade by the talented Ceri! So fabulous!

I will say that there was a SPECTACULAR Snow Girl (aka Lady Snowman) but I’m going to share that with you as we get closer to the holidays!

OK. Our final two belong in the “I Can’t Believe You Got Them To Wear That!” category!

First up, our sweet friend Sasha. Another Modern Kiddo favorite, this little girl has crazy cool style. She is also, apparently, fearless. Last year she was a genius Eddie Munster while her uncle was an awesome Uncle Fester. But this year they went for a Batman theme (with genius mama Inessa sewing up all the costumes). Sasha was cat woman, her brother Nini went as the Joker….and her uncle as the most terrifying penguin ever!!!

(Inessa said that the mask was NOT her favorite part! haha…)

They look incredible, the detail is spectacular! But i’m telling you, Wolfie would have flipped his lid over that penguin costume (and not in a good way! haha). Inessa is really talented. You can find her over at the stylish Diaper Style Memoirs.

And finally….we have Michelle’s entry. Her little two year old cutie patooty Riley dressed up as none other than Lady Gaga. And not just any Lady Gaga mind you….BEHOLD….the Meat Dress Gaga!

Call me crazy but she manages to make the meat dress look totally adorable. Michelle is a crafty thing and had this to say, “I am ALL about homemade costumes! And I love Halloween! We called her Baby Gaga and everyone thought it was pretty hysterical. Even my husband’s 90 year old grandmother even knew who she was!” See more of sweet Riley and her sister Macey over on the cute blog hey peanut.

SO there you have it. WHEW! I’m exausted. AMAZING stuff my friends! And if you submitted a costume and don’t see it here, please let me know! I’m happy to add to the parade!

It’s the Modern Kiddo Costume Parade!

Step right up folks, it’s time for the Modern Kiddo Costume Parade! We said wanted to see yer best homemade costumes—the good, the bad, the semi disastrous. And you delivered! Of course I should have known that Modern Kiddo readers don’t play the Craft Fail game and ya’ll turned it out with some spectacular costumes. Take a look at some of these fantastic creations. Seriously you guys….

Our fave girl Shutterbean’s sweet boy Cooper rockin’ the octopus. Love this!

Cutie brothers Max and Beck got inspired by Where the Wild Things Are and dress up as Moishe and Max. Mama Jenn (The Blueberry Hill) whipped together these amazing costumes. I especially love the Moishe costume! So unique…I’ve never seen one before.

Here is Max all by his lonesome tonight, as a stylin’ Elvis….

I love a good box costume and I’m dying over this picture of Finley as a Mini Cooper:

Sweet little Beatrice Bird makes a darling little lady panda:

And the hills are alive with the sound of cutenesssssss…….Bea as a fetching little Heidi:

Aw, the awesome Baby Olive is sweet as can bee:

And Baby Olive as an adorrrrrrrrrrrrrable pirate! (OK….HOW DID YOU GET HER TO WEAR THE HAT???)

Wolfie’s best bud Miles does the funky robot….woot woot! We hear he’s going as an ANGRY BIRD this year. Love it!

Awww, look at sweet little Baby Pia as a quirky butterfly!

This retro photo of my sweet “blog nephew” Henry as a Pirate melts my heart (Jenny, I can’t believe he’s younger than Wolfie here!)

Oscar is as utterly adorable as Max but it’s his mom Suzy as the BOAT that is EVEN MORE AWESOME:

Everyone was swooning over hipster Billy as our Weekly Kiddo a few weeks ago, check out the rest of his cute family! Billy is a bat, his sis Harriet is one of the Andrew Sisters (!!!! CUTE) and baby Arlo is another sweet take on Max.

Sweet little Oscar and his folks are awesome as the Gnome Family! These smart “no sew” costumes were created  by his cool mama Kate (of Troolie). They all look so cute!

Sayer is another Modern Kiddo sweetie and here he is with his papa Chris as the dynamic Robot duo:

Sayer’s amazing mama Kristin(of klt :: works) hooked him up with this cute costume— Plankton from Sponge Bob. Genius.

Seriously flipping muh wig over Piper as a 50s Diner Twin!!! Those glasses are so fab!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane….it’s SUPER PARKER!!!!! So stinkin’ cute, eh?

Modern Kiddo reader tipped me to the amazing Sarah who made these Woody and Jessie from Toy Story costumes for her and her little boy Max—AMAZING!

People you are going to D-I-E. You loved Miss Sasha as Weekly Kiddo, Here she is with her brother as a wee widdle cow….

But NOW check out the fabulous costume the super creative Inessa came up with for her sweet little girl Sasha (Diaper Style Memoirs). Eddie Munster? Bananas!!!!!! So good.

But how about her papa as Grandpa?? Just as amazing.

And yes, she hand crafted a grown up wig just for the occasion. BRILLIANT!!

I’m exhausted just looking at all that fabulousness. I hope you are inspired to create your own masterpiece this year. And even if you don’t make one by hand, I don’t judge. As we all know my own little Boy Wonder is not a fan of costumes (let’s relive the magic of my pain in last weeks post “When Yer Kiddo Hates Costumes“).

OH! And apparently a lot of you were inspired by my Crazy Vintage Mask post from earlier in the week (over HERE ) because I got some awesome old skool family photos. Like this amazing one from reader Chris:

Awesome reader Marcie as the pink bunny and her friend as a suspicious “Yoda”:

And finally, Modern Kiddo fave, Lishy Loo,  sent in her own vintage kiddo photos. Check out the adorable lil Lishy…but then thrill to the site of her DAD as….um…..honestly I don’t know what the hell he’s supposed to be, but I’m sure diggin’ it!!!

AMAZING STUFF! Hey, if you sent in a photo and don’t see it please let me know! I’ll be happy to add you to the parade!

PS: This late breaking entry just in! One of our fave Kiddo readers RocketGirl just completed an insane hobbit costume for her little cutie Eliza. Nothing beats a toddler with a pipe, friends.