Halloween has always been an exciting time for our family. We usually start brainstorming family costume ideas towards the end of summer, taking advantage of Labor Day sales at thrift stores. This year, I proposed The Simpsons, a show both my husband and I grew up watching and one that our kids have enjoyed as well. I envisioned a simple yet fun costume project, and I relish the creative aspect of crafting homemade costumes. My mom used to make my costumes when I was a child, and I wanted to pass on that tradition to my own kids.
Thrift Store Finds and DIY Touches
After compiling a list of costume components for each character, we eagerly headed to our local thrift store. Luckily, we visited on a day with a 25% discount, allowing us to save a bit on our costume supplies.
Next, we tackled the challenge of replicating the characters’ signature hairstyles. Since Halloween can be chilly in our area, I wanted to ensure the costumes were warm enough. I decided to use foam headbands as the base. After tracing and cutting out the outlines of Homer, Maggie, Lisa, and Bart, we attached the foam headbands to keep our heads warm. For Marge’s towering, curly hair, I turned the bumpy side of the foam outward, spray-painted it blue, and added a few coats for a vibrant finish. To complete the eye feature, I cut out foam board circles, drew permanent marker pupils, and hot-glued them onto the foam headbands. I strung foam balls onto fishing line to create Lisa’s necklace and spray-painted a larger version red for Marge’s necklace.
Completing the Simpsons Look
To emulate the Simpsons’ yellow skin tone, we dyed all of our under shirts and tights yellow. My son cleverly crafted a slingshot for Bart using a Y-shaped tree branch. I printed out a Duff beer can label and attached it to a cup to represent Homer’s favorite beverage.
A Halloween Hit
Our Simpsons family costume was a resounding success when we went trick-or-treating. Everyone recognized us immediately and praised our creativity and dedication to the details. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience filled with laughter and admiration for our DIY endeavors.