We are slowly beginning to understand the world was really made for the family of four and this is very true when it comes to family themed costume ideas. This is the first time we have ever dressed up for Halloween as a family and we thought about several different ideas and there was usually an odd man out *sigh* – until we thought about Mary Poppins! Mary Poppins is a great costume choice for a large family – there are so many great costumes! Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, and on and on – we chose a Jolly Holiday penguin for our littlest! We were able to find some of our Mary Poppins costume pieces at thrift stores and many items (like our Jane Banks Costume) were hand made and one of a kind. While we do not share tutorials in this post, we do hope this gives you the inspiration to make your own Mary Poppins Costumes!
Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect in Every Way for our little family of five for so many reasons
- I mean, when you look at me – your first thought is “Mary Poppins” is it not?
- Harry gets to be Bert – who is a goofy artist…. I mean – right?
- Two kids close in age – boy and girl – check & check
- and the the little one who waddles when she walks – it’s like she was born to be a jolly holiday penguin!
A quick trip over to Etsy confirmed my suspicions that Mary Poppins costumes are pretty pricey so that is when I called in the big guns. AKA “Grandma Deals & Steals” AKA – my mom.
My mom decided many decades ago it would be a fun idea to learn how to sew. It has crossed my mind that if she knew how often I would exploit this talent she may have picked up a different hobby… but I digress.
So anyway – I sweet talked Grandma into making some costume pieces that I knew I couldn’t replicate – basically a Mary Poppins Skirt and a Jane Banks dress. Thankfully my mom had a nice little stockpile of the past in the form of patterns – we found two 1980s dress patterns that looked a bit like Jane Banks and even more so if you combined them – we also found a rad skirt pattern from the 70s that worked for Mary – sweet!
I’m not gonna do an entire breakdown of the costumes – but a short ‘readers digest version’ if you will, along with pictures……….
Bert Costume – SO EASY!
- We found an old pair of black work pants that were literally older than our relationship in his closet – free!
- A quick trip to the local thrift shop got us a grey striped collared shirt for $4 – not bad!
- Target was kind enough to put men’s drivers caps on clearance – this was the priciest piece of his costume at $11
- Burgundy handkerchief that was left over from the kid’s summer camp – FREE!
- My husband’s first Halloween costume ever at 39 = Priceless!
Not quite as easy –
- I had a couple white button down shirts – but all were short sleeved – doh! I found a nice fitted shirt at Burlington Coat Factory for $26, much more than I would like to spend on a costume, but it is a nice blouse that I will likely wear again.
- Navy blue fabric plus my awesome mom and a pattern she already had magically made me a skirt – $11
- My mom also had an apron pattern! Nice! About $8 in fabric!
- My dad took my daughter to see Mary Poppins the Musical a couple years ago and when he takes a grandkid out by himself he tends to spoil them – she came home with a boat load of Mary Poppins Paraphernalia – including an authentic Mary Poppins Umbrella! $0 – *updated* I cannot tell you how many people have asked us about our Mary Poppins Umbrella – many want me to share a tutorial on how we made it – unfortunately we did not make it – the good news is – you can purchase one and the good folks at the Disney Store will ship you this lovely Mary Poppins Parrot Umbrella right to your home!
- A bit of red ribbon for a bow – all done!
- Practically perfect in every way!
Read about our Jane Banks Costume, Michael Banks Costume, and a little Penguin Costume on page two…..