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Costume Photos! (2019)

Our costumes are largely not frugal, so…here’s a Saturday post for you, where I can be non-frugal for a moment.


Sonia went as Alice in Wonderland, using a vintage-style blue dress, an apron, a pocketwatch, and headband/shoes/socks she already owned.

Alice in Wondeland costume

Sonia’s costume is the most sensible out of all of ours because everything except the apron is actual, usable clothing (she even wore that dress to homecoming with her cousin!)

Alice in Wondeland costume

Alice in Wondeland costume

Mr. FG and me

We continued our tradition of coordinating, this time with the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, inspired by Sonia’s costume choice!

Alice in Wonderland costume

Sonia did our makeup, bless her!

queen of hearts cosplay mad hatter

The hardest part was getting rid of my actual eyebrows…we kind of spackled them down with a washable glue stick, covered them with concealer, and then carried on.

Halloween makeup

Queen of hearts cosplay


Zoe went as  Michael Jackson from the Thriller music video. We tried really hard to find a secondhand version on eBay, but nothing was small enough.

But hey, we will sell this one and someone else can have a secondhand costume!

Michael Jackson Alice in Wonderland

Alice can be a zombie too 😉

Michael Jackson Alice in Wonderland costumes

I believe all of our costume pieces came from Amazon except for our shoes (we all wore regular shoes that we already owned.)

They weren’t super cheap (although my dress was only $33!).

But I figure I can sell them for about 50% of what I paid for them, and Sonia’s stuff doesn’t even need to be sold.

And the fun we have getting dressed up like this makes it totally worth the money.

P.S. My plan is to hold onto the costumes and sell them next September, but if you or anyone you know is in need of these costumes, let me know!

P.P.S. Some of you asked if Mr. FG and I dress up because we have a costume party we go to. Nope; our neighborhood has a parade that we walk in, and then we walk around with the trick or treaters. 

P.P.P.S. This post originally had photos of Zoe in zombie makeup, which she applied to mimic Michael’s from the video. However, this has read as blackface to some readers, which is horrifying to Zoe (and to me.) We do not support racial mimicking, we know blackface is offensive, and that was not at all what we were trying to do. We do not want to be offensive, even if our intentions were pure, so I have removed the photos.

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Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Michael Jackson is literally one of the most prolific pedophiles in history. How unfortunate that your family either isn't aware of this obvious news and/or you don't care.


Thursday 7th of November 2019

I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn't going to mention it in this negative tone. If I had children( and I do have young nieces), I would NEVER let them dress as MJ. As a former sex crimes prosecutor, I cringe at the though.


Monday 4th of November 2019

Great costumes. We were super frugal this Halloween. I had one daughter who wanted to be a bat, which was just black clothes with some bat wings I made out of about two yards of black flannel and a pair of black cat ears (which look like bat ears!); a son who wanted to be candy corn, which I was able to make for under $8 because Joann's was having a crazy sale on flannel when I was there shopping for costume stuff; and a daughter who wanted to be a mummy which my husband took care of with a $5 sheet ripped into strips. I don't think we've ever gotten away with a Halloween this cheap before, but it was good because cold and rain meant the kids only got out for about thirty minutes anyway.


Monday 4th of November 2019

Wow, those sound like great costumes! I'm impressed.


Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Y’all do look great.

Jem Horwood

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Aw, you guys look awesome!! And I agree with the comments above: the girls get more beautiful every year!


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Fun fact (that is 100% useless knowledge!) Alice isn't wearing an apron; she's wearing a pinafore. Of course unless you're reading The Tale of Tom Kitten, you never really need to know what a pinafore is.

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