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5 Halloween Costumes from a Preppy Closet

Halloween is such a fun holiday because there’s no stress of buying gifts, planning meals, etc., only creating a costume. I love putting creativity and thought into a costume each year (my costumes throughout the years), but sometimes you need something last minute and don’t want to go out and buy a flimsy costume. Here are 5 Halloween costume ideas you can make out of a preppy wardrobe:

The Logger

You’ll need a flannel, jeans, heavy duty boots, and a beanie. I borrowed my dad’s hat since it looks more “working man” than the beanies in my personal collection. Wood logs and/or (toy) ax encouraged.

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Detective 

You’ll need to grab clothes that have the tweed and leather English vibe. I wore a trench coat, tweed newsboy cap, penny loafers, and a notebook for clues. A magnify glass would be a great touch as well.

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Polo Player

You’ll need a polo, riding pants or pants that tuck into boots, riding boots, and a mallet. I used a croquet mallet in a pinch, and a riding helmet and gloves would be appropriate as well.

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Rosie the Riveter 

This one is the easiest to pull off. You’ll need jeans, a chambray shirt, a red bandanna, and a can-do attitude. Since it’s so easy, you can spend extra time on your hair with this tutorial.

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The Lobster Fisherman

This is one of my costumes for this year and I’m excited to share it. I wore LL Bean boots and fisherman sweater, a turtleneck, green “work” pants, a yellow jacket, a beanie, and these lobsters (amazon prime eligible). If I had more time I’d try to find a lobster trap, but this will do!

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Which costume is your favorite? What are you being for Halloween?

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My Halloween Costumes Through the Years

I’ve come to enjoy Halloween even more now than I did as a kid because I love thinking of costumes. Creativity is the name of the game, so do your best to stand out for being clever. People will appreciate the effort you put into your costume. So instead of being a cat this year, let’s break the mold a bit. Choose creative over “looking cute”, and don’t even think about buying a stereotypical skimpy costume. (If you are being a cat, at least put a ‘Beanie Baby’ Tag on yourself to make it more interesting)

Here are my costumes starting from a few years ago all the way up to what I’m wearing this year. Some are super easy, and some take a little more effort. Hope you can find some inspiration for yours along the way!

2009 – Taylor Swift at the VMA’s

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2010 – Mouse in a Trap (instructions and more photos here)

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2011 – The State of Michigan & Cash For Gold Sign Holder (super easy)

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2012 – Old Time Newsboy & Polo Player

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2013 – Queen of England & Molly the (best) American Girl Doll

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2014 – WWII Female Army Officer

This is the first year I bought a costume, but I added a vintage medal I had. It was a lot of fun doing hair for this costume and I’m looking forward to wearing it on Halloween.

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Mouse Trap Costume

This is my favorite Halloween costume of mine – a mouse in a trap. I came up with it and there weren’t a lot of costumes like it at the time. It’s 100% DIY / home-made and I’m very proud of it!

Some websites have picked it up for their blog or a contest, such as PopSugar, Brit+Co, & United Colors of Benetton. You can also find it on Pinterest, Tumblr, and some random Brazilian websites for some reason. I read one blog where they gave a tutorial on how to make my costume and although they gave it good chance, they ended up being a little bit off with the instructions.  Thus why today I’m going to do my own tutorial on how to make my mouse costume.

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Costume: This was the easy part. I bought mouse ears from a Halloween store and spray painted them gray. I also bought a gray shirt, sweatpants, gloves, and slippers all from Target. The cheese is a Green Bay Packers Cheese Head, which was the perfect size for a life-sized mouse.

Mouse Trap:

Step 1: Hand over this job to your dad and give him the picture for reference.

Kidding! But seriously, my dad made the trap. He is super handy and took what I had in mind and made it into a reality. I did get the trap out over the weekend and took a look at it and asked him how he made it.

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The box measures 28″w x 41″h x 3½”d. The metal pipe is a 3/4” in diameter electrical conduit  (this is where it gets complicated, not too late to hand this job over to your dad), and it is bent with a conduit bender. The pipe does go through the back of the box and is connected to the bent pipe with 90° fittings.

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I attached the box to myself with a small drawstring backpack that was inside the box but the straps went through the outside as shown in the picture.

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The rest of the details are just red paint for the mouse trap details and brown paint to make it look like real wood.

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