I’ve been obsessed with dressing my family in matching Halloween costumes for years. It all started with The Little Mermaid and since then we have done Grease, The Greatest Showman, and more! I love brainstorming ideas, planning, and getting us all together the day of Halloween. Going all out is what really make makes Halloween so special to me. This year was no different, as I had always dreamed of dressing my 3 girls up as the Sanderson Sisters. Been waiting for them to be a bit older and this was finally the year. Couldn’t believe I was finally going to get the Hocus Pocus Family Halloween Costume I have always dreamed of.
Choosing a Family Halloween Costume
There’s a lot that goes into choosing a Halloween costume for the entire family. Everyone has to agree on the theme. We all need to accept the characters individually. We all need to find a costume that suits us and fits in our size. Finding the Sanderson Sisters costumes was very challenging, especially because my girls are so young.
Winifred Sanderson Costume
Probably my favorite character of all the Hocus Pocus characters is Winifred Sanderson. I love her snarky attitude and bucked teeth. I feel like I quote her on the daily during the entire month of October. So I was most excited about creating this costume. My daughter is only seven and I couldn’t find anything in her size. I ended up buying the tween size dress in the smallest size they had available. Luckily, it was a pretty close fit and I only had to hem a bit off the bottom. I added the adult wig, some boots and the famous red lips to top it off. My daughter was a pro at the iconic Winifred look!
Halloween Hack: One of my best Halloween hacks is using fabric glue to hem. I’m not a very good seamstress so I often use fabric glue or tape for simple alterations. Since these are costumes, they will most likely only wear them a few hours
Sarah Sanderson Costume
I had the same problem with Sarah’s costume as I had with the others. All that I found were way too big for her little frame. Since the corset was a little too strong for fabric glue, I did have a seamstress take this one in. It was well worth it, as the finish product looked amazing on my 5 year old. My daughter loved the smoky eyes I gave her. We then teased and brushed out her curls to give her the true Sarah Sanderson look. If you prefer, you could also add a cape and broom to finish it off.
Mary Sanderson Halloween Costume
Look at my sweet little Mary! This girl had so much fun bringing her character to life and all of us couldnt stop laughing the whole night at her accurate Mary faces. The Mary Hocus Pocus costume did take a couple of stitches in the back and some major hemming on the bottom. It was not perfect, but for one night of trick or treating it worked really well.
Mary’s Hocus Pocus Hair
For the hair we started by creating an off center pony tail. Then we sprayed her hair with black washable hair spray. Next we used a second rubber band to secure a small water bottle to the middle of the pony tail. We used a couple more rubber bands to create the 3 bun look and tucked the ends into the top. Lastly, we created a little beauty mark with eyeliner.
Note: If I were to do this again, I would use something soft like black socks instead. The water bottle moved quite a bit and after a while became uncomfortable.
Halloween Costume Warning: Just a warning, this black hairspray is very difficult to get out. It took several deep cleansing washes to get all of it from her hair, then some conditioning to repair.
Billy Butcherson Halloween Costume
This Billy Butcherson costume was really easy to put together. We started with the base of the costume, which was black pants that we already owned. Next, we just added the renaissance style shirt and gothic jacket. My husband had this old wig that he manipulated to look the part. Did find this Edward Scissorhand wig and thought it would have been perfect. The makeup was all done by my husband. He used a mix of white and cream on his face with black accents to create the detail.
Danny Dennison Hocus Pocus Costume
My adult Dani Dennison costume was made completely from scratch. If you are small enough, you could possible fit into the child costume I found in a size large. I knew straight away that wasn’t going to happen for me. I purchased a large red mens shirt and cut the bottom to create a zigzag shape. I’d suggest going up two sizes from your normal size to give it that baggy look. Then I used yellow puffy paint to create the stars and the moon. I also cut a slit down the front and used black string for the added detail at the neckline. I then took a black scarf that I already owned and punched holes, with a regular hole puncher, all the way around. Then I fed the orange yarn through the holes and knotted it. This was very time consuming, but totally added to the outfit. For the hat, I used a piece of ribbon and glued it all the way around the edge of my witch hat. Paired with a simple black skirt, some tights, and boots and I was all done. Though there were a lot off elements, I felt that it was a very easy costume to pull together.
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Really hope you enjoyed our Hocus Pocus family Halloween costume. Also hope this was helpful to your family when you are planning your own family Halloween costume this year.