Friday, October 30, 2020

15 MORE Wonderfully Weird Kids Costumes

You know how right after you stop looking for something that's hard to find, like cuticle scissors or a cashier who appreciates a good Luis Tully impression, suddenly you find that thing everywhere? (Ok, so I'm still looking for the cashier.)

That was me after my last roundup of amazingly weird kid costumes; I kept finding so many more great ones! 

At first I was bummed to have missed so many gems, but then I realized a second batch is exactly what we need today. What with Halloween being mostly cancelled, and the U.S. election looming (raise your hand if you're ready to stop being reminded to vote ::raises eleventy billion hands::), and of course how we have to wait an ENTIRE WEEK between Bake Off episodes, things could easily feel a little gloomy this weekend. 

Ahh, but my friends, I'm here to remind you - in the words of sweet Samwise Gamgee - that there's still some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for

Like this kid dressed as a fart.

Tell me this didn't make your day at least 12% better.

And I love that he has the Minion Fart Blaster to provide his own sound effects. Bahaha!

Keeping in that theme, here come your bathroom's #1 and #2 fans:

Don't they look flushed with success? 

(Sorry, I write poo puns for a living, I can't just switch this off.)

Still bathroom-themed, but at least it's clean humor:

(From Etsy, but the listing is long gone)

The bristles are pipe cleaners! Omigosh. Amazing. Also gives a whole new meaning to a "brush with death." ::head tilt:: Sort of. (Maybe if she carried a skull?)

Now I'm tempted to organize a "random bathroom objects" cosplay group for Dragon Con. Can you imagine? Let's all take a moment to picture an adult sized toilet and tooth brush and shower head and rubber ducky and whatnot wandering around en masse. ::imagining:: Aw yeah. That's the stuff.

Of course, the world of weird costuming holds more wonders beyond the bathroom, babes.

Like spaghetti.

(Gail Rehme)

On top of spaghetti
All covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed.

Did anyone else have a parent who sang that song? My dad did. He also sang "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" which, upon recollection, is mildly horrifying.

I, uh, won't show you any costumes of that.

Instead, have the world's cutest cauliflower:


Or how about a nice tossed salad?

The cherry tomato balloons (or balls?) are genius.

Another excellent source of roughage:

(Jarka Kapounov√°)

That's got to be the most comfortable looking pinecone I've ever seen.
 Wouldn't it make a great cape?

Let's see, how to segue into this next one...

Oh, I know.


The use of the clear balloons here is PERFECT. I think she has one on her headband, too!

You know that place where "weird" and "incredibly talented" intersect? That's one of my favorite places. I'd go so far as to call that OUR place, you and I. And also this kid's place:

(Monterey Aquarium)

Fun Fact: When you take a picture of a mollusk it's called a "shell-fie."

Then there's this, which just jumped to the top of my "Dream Cosplays" list:

Sparkly, ridiculous, and you can't tell if it's panicking or screaming out a battle cry.
I feel such a kinship with this costume, y'all.

I am shook. One of our very own Bots made this angler fish! Yay! Smee created it for her grandson, Bodie, and tells me the lure and fins all lit up after dark, YESSS. You can see his fins swaying around in this quick video on her Instagram.]

You may have noticed I am a HUGE fan of people proudly loving what (and who) they love. That's why I love these kids embracing who they are. Hey, you want to be a princess praying mantis? Then YOU BE A PRINCESS PRAYING MANTIS.

(Michelle Powers on Pinterest, that's her daughter Sydney)

The twisted part of me wants her to have a candy bucket shaped like another mantis' head. If you don't know why, then do NOT google it, lol.

You... you googled it, didn't you. 


Here's an adorable bumble bee to make up for it:

(Cardboard Collective, site 404)

This is the most haute couture bee I've ever seen - and it appears to be made entirely of paper. Daaaaang.

Oh, hang on, we're jumping back to fish again:

I've seen several variations of the "head in an aquarium" costume, and they're all pretty weird, y'all.
I approve.

More head-centric weirdness:

(Costume Works)

 K, I'm not a huge taxerdermy fan (I still love you, Bloggess), but this idea is so clever - and that cute little mantle with stockings!! Eeeee!

Wait, wait, I've got it: she's clearly the animatronic deer head from Country Bear Jamboree. Right? Which is still supposed to be taxidermy, I guess, but it's magical taxidermy that talks, which we all know is isn't creepy at all. Boom. 

::shifty side eye::

Mooooving on, I'm going to wrap up with a few of the photos you readers shared on Facebook after my first post:

These make me so happy. And the volcano dress is so pretty I want to see a Dapper Day version!

I'm hoping you'll keep sharing fun memories like this on my FB post and over on FOE, so we can get our vicarious celebrating on this weekend. John and I are working on a friend's house Halloween night (finishing the Potter kitchen), after determining our immediate neighborhood isn't doing any trick-or-treating. It's for the best, I know, but that means I'm depending on you readers to show me all the fun costumes, decorations, and carved pumpkins - past or present!

Also don't forget: we're having movie watch parties all weekend long over on the Epbot Discord, starting tonight at 8:30pm EST with Coco! Then tomorrow (Saturday) will be an ALL DAY marathon of family-friendly Halloween movies, and Sunday afternoon there will be a matinee showing of Coco again. Come hang out and chat with your fellow geeks in the text channels; it's fun and low pressure, plus you can share pictures, memes, etc. Good times.


Hey, here's something I always forget: We have an Epbot Threadless shop!

You can customize your color and fit and all that jazz. I'm mostly mentioning this is to remind John that it is HIGH TIME he add a new design to the shop, though, and my vote is for the Bot holding a Mickey balloon. Or maybe Hamil-Bot. Or Leia Bot. If you have a preference, cast your vote in the comments!


  1. We have a painting of a fireplace with a moose head, and we decided that the moose is poking his head in through a special window the homeowner built so their moose friend could say hello, just like that deer!

  2. I will buy the Squee with Mickey balloon shirt the day you put it up!

    That cauliflower is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. <3

  3. Those made my heart warm. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Random Bathroom Objects Dragon Con PARADE GROUP ANYONE??? (I'm so in....)

  5. These are adorable, and definitely brightened my day. The fart ūü§£

  6. Was I the only one who looked at the bubble girl & thought, "Are those clear balloons? I HOPE those are clear balloons..." (As opposed to being something the boys used to inflate inside our lockers in jr. high school. lol)


    No, my dad didn't sing it to me. I had to pick it up off the street.
    ...I'll let you decide if I mean the song or the meat.

    --Yet Another Jen

  8. Jen, you are so meta. In the ad you forgot the T in the word forget. Even if it wasn't intentional, just say it was. :D

    1. Bahaha! Ok, I'll say it's intentional - but I went and fixed it anyway. Thx for the heads up.

  9. All of these were so much fun - The spaghetti! The cauliflower! The pinecone! The bubbles! The eyeball! And all the rest. I love these.

    My son was a volcano once for Halloween - we made the base out of a garbage bag and the headpiece from a red cheerleader pom pom. It was one of his favorites.

    Thanks as always for sharing fun finds!

  10. During grad school (for biology, naturally :P), I made myself a praying mantis costume, complete with a candy bucket decorated as a mantis head. I still have it and wear it for Halloween or any other time a human-sized praying mantis would be appropriate.

  11. Serious props to the parent who figured out how to MAKE a fart costume. Using tulle is brilliant! I'll have to go searching for my favorite costume I made for one of my kidbots. And also look for pictures of my other kidbot in her dragon costume. I was/am the parent who let their kid wear their costumes when ever they wanted to. I think it mostly brightened other people's day.

  12. Oh, the look on the cauliflower's face!

    These are all wonderful. The anglerfish was also in the comments from your previous Halloween kids post: s'mee made it for a grandson, and "The fins and the lure lit up after dark"

  13. Absolutely great post. Normally Halloween is the happiest day of my little library's year.


    Your post made my day. Go all those kiddos and families!

  14. Oh my gosh!

    I made that angler fish for my grandson! I have video of him walking around in it (below) if you want to see him walking in it. It was his idea, he's been fascinated by all things in the ocean since he could talk, so for his kindergarten 'parade' he wanted to be an angler fish "but not too scary". Mom and dad said go for it, so I did! He was an octopus for preschool, and in first grade he was a Humboldt squid (red devil).
    I love this view of his little face -
    the octopus -

    Thanks for the recognition!

    1. Oh my goodness, I am SO HAPPY that someone in this community is responsible for that glorious costume. I *knew* all the best people were here! :p I just updated the post with proper credit and links, S'mee, thank you and BRAVO.

    2. Seriously - you made my day! I feel like someone important has seen my work! hahah! Thank you so much for the recognition! I have such a blast making costumes and this was certainly one of my favourites, I am so glad you like it! Thank you again!!!

  15. I clicked before, I wanted to mention that all the fins and the lure all lit up after dark...which got him craploads of candy.

    I think if he saw the mollusk that would be on his list, but I super want to make that bee, and the deer above the mantle made me sing "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" LOL I love it!!!

  16. Hamilton Bot. I had a friend go as Borg with his daughter - changed an eyeglass lens for a camera lens, voice changer, red LED on the collar and his kid's hand was in a PVC pipe with a cordless drill on the end. Oh, he also went as a working water cooler and then a washing machine with his lid as the Maytag Repair dudette.

  17. one of my mom's all-time favorites was my friend came to our party as a giant baloney sandwich made out of layers of colored foam and worn just like a "sandwich board"

  18. When I was 6 or 7 I was a Rose Pink Crayola Crayon (I loved pink) so much at that age. My sister went as an ATM one year

    We're kinda strange ;)

  19. Not really Halloween, but a costume story none the less... When my daughter was 5/6 she was part of AWANA clubs at our church (kids program) and they had a "dress like a nerd night". I wasn't keen on it, as it is rude to make fun of people (and because her father and I both got bullied as kids for being classic nerds). I never expressed that to her, but day of club asked her what she was thinking would make a good costume. She answered, "I was thinking all pink... (What???? Where is this coming from????) "...I don't understand why the teachers didn't ask for all kinds of candy costumes, but I guess Nerds are fun." SO yes she totally went to church that night dressed a box of pink nerds. I Loved that I had to explain it to all the teachers!!! Side note, after explaining it, that was the last year that "nerd night" was a thing!!!

  20. "I am Vinz, Vinz Clortho the Keymaster of Gozer..."


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