Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes

zoodies animal hoodie sweatshirts!

When it comes to managing your time, it helps to get creative.

Example: trading the hours it would take to make your kid’s Halloween costume for the minutes it takes to order a Zoodies animal hoodie.

Made by California mom Carlee Barnes, each Zoodie starts its life as an American Apparel sweatshirt. Barnes adds felt antenna, cotton whiskers, or a fleece mane to transform it into everything from a ladybug to a lion. No detail is overlooked: The unicorn’s horn sticks straight up, the shark has cut-out gills, and the cat’s whiskers are perfectly aligned with your little kitten’s nose.

And when your child insists on wearing his “costume” to school, there’s no need to waste time arguing — just zip him in. And zip along to the next item on your list.

Available online at zoodies.com, $36-$60.

handmade halloween costumes!

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Photos: Courtesy of Zoodies; Courtesy of EarthLust

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