DIY Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Couple Costume



I love Halloween. If it was up to me, I would change my costume every hour, on the hour. Just so I could be every great idea. Unfortunately, I’m not rich enough to buy 20 different costumes, plus there just isn’t enough hours in the day to change that many times. But, I can still dream, right?

This year my husband and I were originally going to go as a DO IT YOURSELF,”Han Solo and Princess Leia” to a BIG annual Halloween party. The kind of party you plan to your entire costume around, just so you stand out amongst the sea of costumes. Then, procrastination set it in. With only two weeks until the big party, I started searching for another alternative.

Considering our finances and limited time. I put together a list of seemingly easy DIY costumes, compliments of Pinterest, of course, and showed them to my husband. Being the indecisive person I am, I let my husband pick. He chose “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox”, my guess is because it was the one that required the least amount of effort on his part. But how was I supposed to be a Blue Ox? Excited about the challenge, I hit the ground running. First thinking it will probably be freezing the night of the party.

I tried to find any store near me that sold a blue adult leotards. No luck. Realizing the days were chipping  away, with only five days til the party. I made the decision to just order a blue body suit off eBay and cross my fingers that it fit, while also hoping its delivered in time. The next day I hit the stores looking for anything I could use as Ox Horns. I found “devil horns” from party city. Hot glued them to a sturdy head band and spray-painted them blue, using the leftover paint from our wedding in August.

While I was at Walmart, I found matching blue faux Fur leg warmers, cuffs and a tail. I couldn’t believe my luck!

My husbands costume was so easy. He already had the jeans, hat and suspenders. All he needed was a flannel shirt and an axe from party city.

While we were out, also picked up some blue face/body paint and blue hair spray paint. I was determined to be all blue from head to toe. After two days of trial and error, the face paint wasn’t working well, plus I couldn’t even see any blue paint on my dark hair. At this point it was the night before the party! My bodysuit had arrived and to my surprise, it fit like a glove.

So one more trip to party city we went, to get the cheapest blue wig on the rack which was the perfect match to all my blues.

Now, all that was left was figuring out how to do face makeup that would resemble an Ox. The night of the party was finally upon us. I decided to just “wing it” with my makeup and finally put the entire ensemble together. We looked fabulous! If I do say so myself.

While we were at the party we had many people come up and comment on how great we looked. Even had someone come and want to take a picture with us because we stood out so much. Needless to say with only a weeks worth of planning, we rocked it while also having a blast at the party! Now the real question is, what are we going to be next year?







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