We were a "garden family," since my girls were bugs, and our foster baby was a sweet pea. So, Daddy became the gardener (a more rednecky one than I intended, but he can't resist wearing his nasty bubba teeth on Halloween!) and I was the flower bed!
I found Claire's ladybug costume at a consignment sale for just a few dollars, and found the antennae headband in Gymboree's clearance bin for 75 cents (actually, there was a big sale going on, so I think it rang up for just 49 cents or so!)The soft antennae pieces didn't stand up well, so I wrapped a black pipe cleaner around it to make it stand up.
Kate's costume was more piecemeal, with gorgeous monarch butterfly wings I found on Amazon, a black leotard and tights from a consignment sale, antennae crafted from a headband and pipe cleaners, and a tutu I made with black tulle and ribbons to coordinate with her wings.
I know you're dying to see BGC as the sweet pea, too...
We have a tradition of crafting treat bags each year to coordinate with their costumes, usually out of a paper gift bag that we can just throw away afterwards. I had these little canvas bags from somewhere, so we painted them to coordinate.
We walked around with our neighbors--who, fittingly, were a family of garden gnomes!--and the little girls walked hand-in-hand down the street. It was so cute!
Hope you had a happy Halloween too! After trick-or-treating on her actual birthday, Claire's harvest-themed party was Saturday. I'll share pics soon!