We love Halloween and dress up as a group every year. We knew from the moment we had two girls and a boy that Simpsons was on our short list for Halloween ideas. We couldn’t pass up this perfect opportunity!
After much brainstorming on how to go about “becoming the Simpsons”, I decided several things: 1.) It must be cost effective, 2.) I would not be painting our skin (mother of three little children + painted skin = yellow EVERYWHERE forever and ever!) 3.) I needed to keep it simple and find a way to have continuity between the characters.
My first obstacle was Marge’s hair! After many ideas floated around in my brain (wigs, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, packing peanuts, feathers, etc.) I happily stumbled across an old foam “egg crate” style, mattress topper in our basement that had never been used. Perfect! Simple! and added bonus, I could use this throughout to give continuity to our Simpsons family. :) I hot glued like nobodies business and cut with scissors to shape everyone’s “hair”. Marge got a few light coats of spray paint and was looking fabulous as ever. Homer got a few added fuzzy pipe cleaners for his trademark locks, and Lisa and Maggie got their “hair” glued onto dollar store army helmets.
I used fleece fabric from my fabric stash and costumes from prior Halloweens (good-bye Ice King’s blue robes!) to quickly sew up some “tube” style dresses for Marge and Lisa. For Maggie, I laid out one of many footie pajamas and just winged it, tracing around and making a “Maggie” shaped outfit. Again, in order for continuity in the characters, I sewed up a quick shirt for Bart and some pants for Homer. This helped to tie us all in together. Simple! :)
Our eyes were another obstacle because five out of five of us were never going to be able to see! So I bought foam balls, sliced those babies in half, and scooped out the insides. I made a hole, and hot glued them to dollar store frames. They were worn on our eyes for a few minutes, but everyone preferred them up on there heads.
Next, I needed to allude to the idea that we were yellow! After much thought, and tons of internet surfing, there was no way I was dropping a ton of money on yellow, full bodied leotard things! My next best idea was something that I could re-purpose. Winter is coming! Long-johns it is. I went with white for all and just used a combination of yellow dyes from the store. (Note: I also dyed the foam mattress topper pieces, although they only stayed in the dye for about 10 minutes and I did not wash them. Only a quick rinse and air dry for those.)
A quick red Sharpie to some little white shoes for Lisa was all that was needed! The rest we had on hand.
Our daughter Lennon (little Maggie) has been a thumb-sucker since birth, so she drew a lot of attention. My son Jude had way too much fun playing the part of Bart, “Don’t have a cow Man!” We were stopped for many pictures! I was quite surprised at how many very young children recognized us as the Simpsons. Just goes to show, the Simpsons are pretty timeless! I was invited/volunteered to make costumes for many people as well. :)
We had a blast walking around as the Simpsons. We are a family that has dressed as a group for the last six Halloweens, and as much as I would love to do this with my children and super-amazing, good-sport, supportive husband, I have heard the dreaded, “Can’t I just be a Ninja next year” comments starting. Vote for us and help me inspire my kiddos to keep up our wild family Halloween traditions!