Elaborate costumes can be awesome looking but are not always comfy. These DIY Batman & Robin costumes are simple to make and more importantly comfy to wear.
This year we were headed to Mickey’s Halloween Party again and needed costumes that were theme park friendly. While costumes like Dusty and El Chupacabra from Disney Planes are fun to make and wear at home, they don’t work well for riding roller coasters or standing in a crowd watching fireworks!
Batman and Robin Halloween Costumes
I needed our costumes to be comfortable, easy to make and adjustable for the weather. Luckily we had already chosen a superhero costume theme for our family Halloween party. This gave us plenty of comic book characters from either Marvel or DC Comics to choose from. The boys chose the heroes of Gotham City, Batman and Robin.
First of all we decided to keep the theme really simple but pairing up and doing a big Batman with little Batman and big Robin with little Robin. That meant I only needed two costume designs, an adult and kid version of each one.
The final costumes were simply athletic shorts and costume shirts with a few key accessories. It can still be quite warm in Arizona and at Disneyland in Southern California during the fall, so wearing shorts made the most sense. We could have swapped for pants, worn leggings or undershirts had the weather turned cold.
DIY Robin and Batman Costumes
Batman and Robin Costume Shirts
I found Batman shirts for Peter and Elliot online. Elliot’s was even on sale which I loved. I knew both would enjoy wearing these shirts beyond Halloween so the purchases made sense.
Robin shirts were harder to find so we made our own. I printed the Robin logo on Iron-On Transfers (like our DIY LEGO shirts) and applied it to plain red shirts. It was a simple and inexpensive solution.
Again both Disneyland and Arizona can be quite warm around Halloween, so we opted for shorts over pants. Black athletic shorts for the Batman pair and green athletic shorts for the Robin pair. These are easily found at consignment stores or discount chains if you don’t already own them.
Buy or DIY Capes
You can’t dress up as the caped crusader without a cape! You can easily buy capes online or with a little effort make superhero capes like I did. Bonus – the DIY capes are much cheaper!
Quinn and I wore black Crocs. Elliot and Peter wore tennis shoes. Again looking for comfortable shoes for walking around Disneyland. This also helps when trick or treating as well.
Buy or DIY Masks
We had a hard blue batman mask in our costume box so we spray painted it black for Elliot. For both Robin masks and Peter’s Batman mask, I simply googled superhero mask templates. There are a ton of them online! I printed a couple and tested the paper versions before picking the ones that worked best for us. Keep in mind you may need to print the image bigger or adjust the size of the eye holes. I used double-sided tape to stick the template on to the black felt and then cut out the design. Add a string of elastic and you are done.
My brother and sister-in-law splurged and bought the boys Batman gloves from a costume store. They are just black gloves with little fins on them – I am sure they could be easily homemade too.
Originally I planned on just buying foam Batman Batarangs but Quinn decided he wanted to make his own. They were pretty darn easy to make too. I simply found an image on google to use as a template. Then I traced the batarangs on to an empty cereal box and cut it out. I let Quinn go to town on decorating them with duct tape. Obviously your decorating results will vary. 😉
Again this costume can be adjusted for colder weather. Switch the shorts for sweatpants and use long sleeve t-shirts or sweatshirts on top! I considered wearing legging and a tutu to “girl” up my costume but my practical side won out. If you have a girly girl though the tutu would be a cute option.