A Great Idea for a Halloween DIY: Laura’s Charlie Brown Gang

Halloween is one of the best holidays – a perfect opportunity to dress up and play “fantasy.”

If you’re looking for an easy, fun, and affordable Halloween costume for your family, this is one for you.

Last year, we all dressed up as Charlie Brown Gang with just a few simple steps.

This is what Laura said when I recently asked how she did it.

How did you decide what costumes to dress your family in?

My first concern was picking a costume that would be comfortable for my baby to wear. At the time, he was only ten months, and I knew he wouldn’t tolerate anything too bulky or constricting.

We went with Charlie Brown because I knew it mainly consisted of regular clothes, so it was very functional. Plus, we have always joked about his round head reminding us of the cartoon character!

Where did you get the materials from?

Most of the costumes consist of everyday clothes, which I bought from Walmart and Target. Michaels craft shop was where I got the last few odds and ends (feathers and fabric paint).

What ideas did you have for saving money?

You will be surprised to find how expensive it was to buy a ready-made Charlie Brown T-shirt. To save money, I painted the zig-zag t-shirt myself. A bottle of fabric paint is only a few dollars!

How long did it take to make the costumes?

It took me about 30 minutes altogether.

What were steps you followed for making the outfits?

  1. For my son’s Charlie Brown costume, lay the yellow t-shirt on the counter.
  2. Use a bottle of fabric paint and draw the zig-zag across the front center of the t-shirt.
  3. Repeat the zip-zag in the back center of the t-shirt
  4. Choose the bottom. If the weather is too cold for shorts, go for black pants (which is what I did)
  5. I used a black eyeliner pencil to draw the cartoon hairline on his forehead.
  6. I put on a yellow shirt and used hair ties to bundle my hair in a faux mohawk for my Charlie Brown’s pal Woodstock costume.
  7. Then I stuck yellow feathers into my hair to mimic the cartoon bird’s spiked feather coif. I added a little yellow makeup around my eyes for fun.
  8. For my husband’s outfit as Snoopy, I put him in a white shirt. Then I cut ears and a collar out of five-cent pieces of black felt.
  9. I attached the ears with safety pins to a white baseball hat and wrapped the strip around his neck for a collar.
  10. I used white face paint and black eyeliner to give him some cartoon doggie features.

I guess it was less expensive from buying something?

This was definitely less expensive than buying costumes, plus almost everything was reusable. My son looked very cute in his Charlie Brown t-shirt months later.

Because he was so young, he would only go to one or two houses. I didn’t want to spend a lot on this Halloween costume, as it was more for us than him at this point.

I was really pleased with how the whole Charlie Brown Gang came out. What a fun family costume! I can’t wait for next Halloween!

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