When talking about what my kids wanted to be for Halloween, it was a quick decision because they’re currently OBSESSED with Pokemon. But a quick search online showed Pokemon costumes well over $40 and $50. No thanks. I like to make my kids’ costumes anyway. It just seems more fun to me.

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Last year they were Emmet and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie. You can see that in my previous post on DIY Halloween.

This year I set out to transform my son into Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum.

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The key to the costume is the unique blue shirt/jacket. I started with a basic blue t-shirt from Walmart that cost just $3 and a roll of white duct tape for $3. (As you see below) I taped a line down the front, one line on each side and one line on each shoulder. I also added a line of duct tape all around the bottom hem of the shirt.

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Then I added the circular shape near the neck, which was a little tricky. You need some patience for that. Then I made V cut-outs at the top and bottom.

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In addition to the blue shirt/jacket, he’s wearing a black t-shirt underneath (that we already had) and a pair of grey pants (that we already had). I pulled out a pair of old winter gloves (which we no longer need, living in Florida 🙂 ) and cut off the fingertips. I bought the hat from Amazon.com for $13.50 and we already had the Pikachu plush toy.

So in total, I spent about $20 on this Ash costume. And most of the money was spent on the hat, which he will enjoy wearing long after Halloween.

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My daughter picked Ash’s sidekick Serena from the Pokemon XY series. I did some searching online for a black top and red skirt just like Serena’s but wasn’t happy with the options or the prices. So I started with the basic pieces from Goodwill including a black tank top for $3 and red skirt for $2.50.

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For the tank top, the one I found had silver embellishments on it, so I turned it inside out, then sewed on some white felt to create the lapel.

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I left the red skirt pretty much how it was, sewing it up a little in the back because it was too big. I bought her some black tights at Walmart for $2 and she already had the black shoes. I bought the red hat from Amazon.com for $10 and I glued the black ribbon and bow on it.

So in total, I spent about $20 on this Serena costume. And most of the money was spent on the hat, which she will enjoy wearing long after Halloween.

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