Cops and Robbers Family Halloween Costume DIY
For John’s first two Halloweens I had a blast making his costumes. The first year he was an adorable DIY scuba diver and the second year a DIY circus strong man. Last year he was excited to be his favorite Paw Patrol character, Marshall, and a year later he still puts on that store bought costume with affection, even though it’s about 2 sizes too small. Even with the store bough costume I had my hand in a little DIY action and took his water cannon to a new level. Last year was Mary’s first halloween so she of course had a DIY costume that coordinated with her big brother’s Paw Patrol character. This year we decided to be put together a Cops and Robbers Family Halloween Costume after a lengthy Pinterest search.
I assume that next year he will have to involve his little sister a little more in the decision making of all of this. So I’m already to see what they come up with for the years to come and how long I can convince them to keep up this family costume thing.
All of our costumes are DIY and super easy to put together. The hardest thing to find were our shirts and I have a great resource for you on those. I was very pleased with their price and quality.
For John’s Police Officer costume I ordered a light blue dress shirt and black slacks, but it turned out to be 81 degrees outside on party day so we had to make a few adjustments for a warmer weather costume, hence the shorts. To make him offical we completed his look with an adjustable belt, plastic club, badge, handcuffs, and hat. I found a patch from our local police department and sewed it on his shirt.
For the Burglar costumes you will need black beanie hats, black and cream/white striped shirts, black pants or leggings. A mask is a fun add on but the little one was scared of it so I didn’t end up wearing it.
For the big bag of “loot” I got a little more crafty and completely made this costume. I knew it had to be easy to get on and off of Mary and also something that she would be agreeable to wear. I really brainstormed a lot of ways to put this one together and it actually came to me to the craft store. Here is what you are going to need; 1 sheet of adhesive black craft felt, 1 canvas drawstring backpack, package of paper money. Make sure you also have fabric sheers or sharp scissors, along with a needle and thread.
I cut the bottom of the back pack off to allow for ease of walking and potential diaper changes. I also detached the drawstring from the base of the bag, so I could tie it better at shoulder area. After measuring arm placement I cut small arm holes. On the black felt I drew out a large dollar sign. I love adhesive felt because it doesn’t pill, it’s easy to cut and there is no glue involved. After I cut out the $$ sign I adhered it to the front of the “bag of loot”. With the needle and thread a tacked a few $100 bills of play money around the collar. Make sure that you tack them low enough to not be in your little ones face. I paired it with black leggings for comfort.
Overall EVERYONE loved our costume and we had so many friends compliment us on it.