Cruella De vil and Horace

Since we have become empty nesters we have started a new tradition.  We dress up for Halloween.  When we had kids at home I was too busy making and helping with costumes for my kids to ever even think about dressing up myself.

When Halloween arrived last year and I found myself with no children at home and no costumes to make (although I still did help a couple of the college kids put together costumes with things from Goodwill) I decided it would be fun if Jim and I dressed up.  We had a Halloween party to go to afterall.

You may remember we looked pretty darn cute as sweet and sugary Mary Poppins and the handsome Bert!!

Mary Poppins & Bert

This year we decided to go to the other end of the spectrum!  We went for evil!!!  Cruella De vil and the dogcatcher Horace.  I did keep with the same color scheme though.

Cruella De VIL

For my costume I used a black dress I already owned from Shabby Apple and put on every piece of jewelry I had with pearls in it!

My wig and gloves were ordered off of Amazon and I made my Dalmatian coat the morning before the party!

Horace the Dog Catcher aka Jim’s costume was pulled from his closet about an hour before the party started.  I also asked him not to save for a few days before the party and then I darkened his stubble with some black makeup.

I did buy his hat and his net from Goodwill – 99cents each.  O.K. so that is really a fishing net not a dog catching net but we had a small dog!  The dog was pulled from our box of stuffed animals in the garage.  I am glad that Cali went through a dalmatian phase so we had one on hand!!

We had a great time at the party and I have decided we should have started dressing up years ago.  Halloween is much more fun when you dress up!

So to carry on this famous couple theme we have going, who should we be next year?  Taking suggestions in the comment section.

Happy Halloween!

Leigh Anne

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Awwww! You two look great! I haven’t dressed up since my now 21 year old was 2 and our family went as red riding hood, the wolf and granny. Maybe I’ll remember to make up a costume next year!

    Have a great day!

  2. MelanieL says

    Ha ha, you two look fabulous! You are rocking that wig:) Hmmm, next year, what about Barbie & Ken or sticking with your color scheme, Mickey & Minnie? You are so creative, whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be awesome!

  3. Valerie A. H. says

    Haaahaaaaaa!!!! You two look great! You make a great Cruella! Ideas for next year…
    How about Scarlett and Ret or Popeye and Olive Oyl?

  4. says

    One of my neighbors this year dressed up as Buddy the Elf and his wife Jovie. It was super adorable at our ward “trunk or treat” last night. Their car was all decked out like Christmas, complete with lit up snowflakes, stockings and fake snow. They handed out candy canes and made all the kids say “Merry Christmas”. (Oh…and of course they were playing Christmas music too!)

  5. Erin says

    That is so great! I might have to start forcing my hubby to dress up. How about the parents from the Addams Family?

  6. Megan says

    You both look great in both costumes! Raggedy Ann & Andy could be fun. =) Ot Capt Von Trapp & Maria. So many possibilities!

  7. Amy B says

    You look SO different as Cruela. GREAT costumes!
    I like the Capt. Van Trapp and Maria idea. Or Scarlett and Rhett would be fun too.

    • says

      I made the coat using a pattern – I am traveling right now and I’m not sure what the pattern number is but will look it up when I get home and let you know.

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