How to make a simple costume for kids based on The Pirate Fairy. The pieces can be used again, and again, for different costumes over the years.

Both Marisol and Flynn decided they want to dress as pirates this year for Halloween.

I think Flynn’s been a pirate three times already, it seems to be his thing, but for the last two years I’ve handmade costumes for him – Mr Bump and LEGO Lord Vampyre. I’m sure I could have thrown together a DIY costume for him this year, but I decided to just purchase a new pirate shirt for him (from Party City), pair it with black pants that were already in his closet and re-use his pirate hat, hook and eye patch from previous years. So simple.

I was actually surprised though when Marisol suggested The Pirate Fairy to me, and of course she did this only a couple of days before we were headed to a social media event where the kids had been asked to wear costumes.

Nevertheless it came together quite well.

The Pirate Fairy costume #Halloween #costume

The best part, I only needed to purchase one item for it, the rest we already had.

  • THE WINGS: were from The Secret of the Wings and had been given to me at a screening in New York a couple of years ago.
  • THE TUTU: this is a black tutu a lovely friend made her a few years ago, that still fits thankfully, so I grabbed a can of green spray paint and sprayed a few coats over it. I wanted it to have a more two-toned effect than straight green and I think it turned out great.
  • THE BOOTS: These were hand-me-downs from a little friend and had been tucked away in her closet for the past year. We just discovered they now fit her. She was thrilled (and has worn them almost every day since).
  • THE T-SHIRT: Straight out of her closet.
  • THE CORSET: This was the only tricky part. Unfortunately Party City didn’t have separate corsets for kids, just corset dresses, so I purchased an adult-sized corset and took it in using my sewing machine so that it would fit her without being too tight.
  • THE HEADBAND: Part of one of Flynn’s old pirate costumes – he had used it as a belt.
  • THE RED BELT: A scarf from my closet

My point to this is, if you are looking for last-minute costume ideas, just get a little creative and look inside your closets. You may need to purchase just one small item to pull it all together.

And these costumes are already making the Halloween rounds.

They spent a day at Knott’s Camp Spooky.

Knott's Camp Spooky

The kids had such a great day, we almost had to pry them off the Jaguar rollercoaster, they walked in the costume parade, made Kool-Aid poison potion, met The Peanuts gang, gobbled up some treats and got spooked by the pumpkins in the maze.

And, they also spent a day at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular San Diego

Yes, I even managed to come up with my own ‘dig through the closet outfit’ for this one. I channeled my inner Ariel and found green Ralph Lauren jeans (which I appear to be wearing as I’m typing this post too), a purple ruffle Mossimo top and gold peep toe Rubi flats.

After enjoying a delicious social media breakfast at the park, we enjoyed meeting some of the animals and learning about them during a private animal encounter experience, decorated pumpkin cookies, and then it was off to trick-or-treat and meet up with Miss M’s best friend for some fun around the park.


Disclosure: We were invited to attend social media events at both Knott’s Camp Spooky and SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.

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