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Guest Post: Who’s your mummy?

October 5, 2011

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What do a storm trooper and a white bed sheet have in common? Both will be integral to my 8-year-old son’s Halloween costume of choice this year: Mummy.

I love to create outfits with my children, using a few strategic store-bought pieces and filling out the rest of the look with homespun creativity and ingenuity. I won’t lie — part of that DIY-ness stems from my refusal to spend $40+ per child on outfits that will be worn and tossed aside after one wear.


So of course, I look to Goodwill to help me fill out the gaps on each costume. This year, it couldn’t have been more simple — I needed a flat white bed sheet to distress and tear into bandages for the mummy look. I found a queen-sized sheet at the very first store I visited on my Halloween quest: the Concord Goodwill store, which tends to have exactly what I need when I need it. I plan to anchor the bandages to last year’s storm trooper outfit.

Last year, I ordered a plain white T-shirt and pants from Dharma Trading and sewed (who am I kidding? I ended up using boatloads of no-sew tape in the wee hours of Oct. 30 since I am a master procrastinator) black and blue felt panels on to duplicate the storm troopers’ body armor.

So for $2.99 and a little labor, I should have a  frightfully good mummy costume. The clock is ticking on completion of the costume. I better get busy!

Rachel Sutherland

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Thank you Rachel! We can’t wait to share more Halloween costume ideas in the next few weeks. Have you ever shopped at Goodwill for Halloween costume inspiration? What is your favorite find?

Check out our pinboard “DIY Halloween” for more great finds and inspiration. Happy Halloween hunting!

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 11:35 am

    Great ideas, Rachel! I’m sure your kids will be the most stylish on the block.

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