my halloween (+ most importantly, costume!)

by Amy on 1 November 2011

i hope that you all had a fabulous halloween! we had a wonderful time – we hung out with family (since they get way more trick-or-treaters than our little street gets), passed out candy, checked out lots of costumes, roasted marshmallows + hot dogs over a fire + ate tons of halloween candy.

if you follow me on facebook, you may have seen that, despite two costume parties to attend on saturday, neither my husband nor i had come up with a costume. since i didn’t have a lot of time to plan, + didn’t want to spend much, i knew i had to get creative fast. i put on my thinking cap, ran to the thrift store, + a few minutes later, had my costume in hand. i watched a couple tutorials on how to do a 40s-era hairdo, put on my red lipstick, + was ready to go! and the result?

rosie the riveter! + the best part? the entire costume cost less than $10. i got the shirt from our local thrift store for a whopping $4, sewed the headband from another thrift store shirt that cost a mere $2 + wore navy pants that i already owned. my husband made me a ‘rosie’ nametag + also photographed + mocked up the above picture. isn’t he crafty? fun fact: today’s his birthday!

i was super pleased with how the costume turned out + we had a fantastic time at our costume parties. i’d love to hear how you celebrated halloween, + what, if anything, you dressed up as!

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1 Leah | So, How's It Taste? November 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

I love it! Creative costumes like this are the best. I may have to steal this idea for a future Halloween costume!

2 amy November 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

steal away! i saved the shirt + the homemade headband, so if you decide to go as rosie next year, just let me know + i’ll hook you up!

3 Kelly November 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

That is awesome Amy! I’m so jealous, what a great costume!

4 amy November 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

thanks, kelly! actually, we briefly discussed stealing your idea from last year of the double rainbow, but then decided that would take more craftiness than we had time for. =)

5 lesley November 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

That is fantastic! And what a great job on your poster. You need to print that out and frame it!

6 amy November 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

isn’t he a crafty husband? i like the idea of printing it out + framing it. =)

7 Jess November 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

Whoo Hoo! I Love that you were Rosie the Riverter! Your costume is darling!

8 amy November 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

thanks so much, jess! i thought it turned out pretty fab for a last-minute costume. =)

9 Traciwilbur November 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

Amazing costume!! At first glance I couldn’t believe how much you look like the girl (you) on the poster….obviously I’m going a little slow this morning. :-)

10 amy November 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

bahaha! by the way, this is the hairdo that was giving me a little trouble on saturday night. thankfully, i figured it out!

11 erinsfoodfiles November 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

Awesome! You look spot-on, and totally adorable!!!

12 Shannon November 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

Oh my goodness!! So incredibly cute! I love it. You are so creative. I think next year we totally need to have a food blogger Halloween party!!

13 amy November 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

i would so be on board with a food blogger halloween party. there would be awesome food AND super creative costumes!

14 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee November 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

So cute and creative. I always end up making my costumes instead of buying them. Sounds like you had a fun night.

15 amy November 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

thanks, steph! i always make my costumes, too – it’s been years since i bought one. they’re just too darn expensive! plus it’s more fun to get creative + crafty. =)

16 araxie November 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

You’ve got to be kidding me. Greatest Rosie EVER! Love it. :)

17 Renee November 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

Fun! Homemade costumes are the best. You did a great job. Love the hair and makeup.

18 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl November 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

How awesome do *you* look? What a great idea, and your hubby did a wonderful job on the photo–how fun!!! Have a great b-day celebration tonight!

19 amy November 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

thanks so much, ashley! didn’t he do a fabulous job? he definitely earned the dinner that i’m taking him out to tonight!

20 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} November 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love the costume!! love the poster! Isn’t it awesome having a crafty husband?! We threw a Halloween party last night…but no costumes…just for the kids. Next year I am definitely doing a costume party!

21 amy November 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

yes, having a crafty husband is the best! he’s both crafty in the DIY sense + with design/graphic design, which rocks. you should definitely have a costume party next year – they’re so much fun!

22 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook November 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I’ll be honest, I saw the first image on FB and thought that was a picture of what you were doing – not that it was actually you! Really well done. Great job! So what did husband go as? Did it compliment your look?

23 amy November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

thanks, chris! my husband was hoping to go as a 40s solider, but we couldn’t find anything for him to wear at the thrift store, + the vintage army clothes at the army/navy store were super expensive. so, he went as a robot. it was ridiculously awesome!

24 Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook November 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Lol! Awesome last minute costume for your husband. :)

25 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

what a great costume! you look so adorable! Glad that you had fun :)

26 Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Awesome costume!! I am so impressed! And you look gorgeous! :)

27 amy November 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

you are too sweet, kristen. thank you!

28 Cooks_Books November 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I also didn’t realize that was you in the first photo – amazing! And I just love your husband’s costume. You are both just too talented!

29 amy November 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

soo many people have said that – they thought the first photo was an ‘inspiration’ one + it took them a few seconds to realize it was actually me. it’s amazing what a little makeup + a hairdo will do to change your appearance!

30 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD November 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

You look fabulous and the 40’s hairdo and makeup totally suites you! Props to your hubby, very crafty costume!!

31 amy November 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

i love the looks of 40s hair + makeup – i wish i could dress up like that every day!

32 Christi J November 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

Amy–You look precious! What a darling idea! The poster looks fantastic too! I am so glad you and your hubs had so much fun!

Christi :)

33 amy November 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

aww, thanks so much Christi! it was definitely one of my favorite Halloweens yet! i hope you + your husband had a wonderful halloween + weekend, too. =)

34 Ally Garner November 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Holy cow your costume is incredible! You look just like the original!! What a brilliant idea to go as Rosie and i LOVE your hair. Wow, I can’t get over that poster of you. Your hubby is one talented dude and a pretty awesome robot haha. Y’all look fabulous!

35 amy November 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

thanks so much, ally! i was super pleased with how both of our costumes turned out, too. normally we try to make our costumes work together / do a ‘couples costume’ but it was fun to do two completely different costumes for a change this year. + yes, he is one talented husband! =)

36 Baking Serendipity November 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Awesome costume! I always hate spending money on costumes, but struggle to come up with simple, inexpensive ideas. This one is so cute!

37 amy November 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

thanks so much, sarah! i hate spending money on costumes, too – they are way too crazy expensive. creative is definitely the way to go. =)

38 lyssa November 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This is miraculous. Well played Amy! :)

39 Carolyn December 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

This is by far the best Rosie cotume I’ve seen. :)

40 amy December 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Thank you so much, Carolyn! =)

41 Mark Levin October 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I can tell I’m gonna be stuck here often. First time here Crockpot meals got me here. So I thought I would see how crafty you were, can tell you have tons of fun and every robot I know could alaways use a cute riviter for minor repairs. Enjoyed your site . Now its off to the store for some Pork to cook it just sounded too good. Thanks

42 amy October 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

You are too kind, Mark! Thanks for your nice words and I hope you spend lots more time on my blog. Enjoy the pork!

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