When planning our costumes this year, I knew we needed them to be theme park friendly since we planned on attending Mickey’s Halloween Party again. While costumes like Dusty and El Chupacabra from Disney Planes are fun to make and play at home in, they wouldn’t work well for riding roller coasters or standing in a crowd watching fireworks!
Our DIY Batman and Robin Costumes
1. Trademark shirts
I found an adorable Batman shirt for Elliot on sale! I also found an men’s Batman shirt for Peter at Target – it wasn’t as cheap though. 🙁 I knew Robin shirts would be harder to find so we made our own. I printed the Robin logo on to Iron-On Transfers (like our DIY LEGO shirts) and applied it to plain red shirts.
2. Athletic Shorts
Disneyland in late September and Halloween in Arizona can be quite warm, we opted to go with athletic shorts instead of pants. These are easily found at consignment stores or discount chains IF you don’t already own the right color.
You can easily buy capes online or with a little effort make superhero capes like I did! Bonus – the DIY ones are much cheaper!
We had a hard blue batman mask in our costume box so we spray painted it black. For the 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 out the paper versions out before picking the ones that worked best for us. Keep in mind you may need to print the image bigger or cut out a little bigger eye holes. Once I had a good design, I used double-sided tape to stick the paper template on to the black felt before I cut out the design. A little cord of elastic and we were set!
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.
6. Batman Boomerangs
Originally I planned on just buying foam Batman Batarangs from Party City 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. 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… ;-)?”
Quinn and I wore black Crocs. Elliot and Peter wore tennis shoes.
Need a little warmer costume? 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 that would be a fantastic option. 🙂
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