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I know you want to create a great kids costume for Halloween, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on something that will only be worn once. With a little ingenuity, you will find you have several options! The costume I’ve included here can be created with ready-made, off-the-rack clothing or you can take the time to sew from scratch.
Yes, I know sewing seems to be a dirty word. But- I promise it’s a lot easier than you think. If you would rather purchase your costume, check out these ideas.
Let’s get started!
Things you may need:
Scrubs (store bought or sewn with love)
Stethoscope(or child’s doctor kit)
So Connor was only 11 months for his first Halloween. Since he had no idea about candy, I knew that I would be passing out candy to the neighborhood. Certainly, I was not carting around my not-yet-walking child around for something he couldn’t even chew.
I always passed out candy with my faithful English Springer Spaniel, MJ, at my side. I certainly didn’t want her to miss out on Halloween due to the baby. Thus, the idea was born. MJ would be the patient, and my son would be her veterinarian!
When you think of a doctor’s clothes you probably think of a long white lab coat or scrubs. Of course, a vet is a doctor, and guess what my vet wears?
You can check local stores for pullover animal-print shirts and pants that match or you can easily find scrubs in kids sizes at places like Amazon and costume stores.
Since I was a seamstress, I took to sewing our own scrubs. You can often find children’s patterns for scrubs at most fabric stores. However, patterns are seasonal just like clothing. You may not find what you are looking for.
If you are not yet a seamstress, I highly recommend that you learn this art and encourage you to read Quick and Easy Learn to Sew Lesson. A well-made clothing item you personally make will likely give you much more wear and durability than any store-bought costume. Plus, you can choose your own fabric.
You can see the design we chose below. The dog print was perfect for our purposes.
Tip: If you have concerns about the temperature for your trick-or-treat night, make sure to make (or purchase) your scrubs a little larger than the child. You can easily put leggings and a turtleneck underneath so that your look is authentic.
Once you have your choice of clothing, you can accessorize as you see fit. We used a stethoscope from a kids doctor set and the standard white toddler shoes.