Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Beauty and The Beast Halloween


I raised my freak flag pretty high again this year as we just released our annual family Halloween costume theme....Beauty and the Beast.

As you know, we go all out over here for Halloween. It started four years ago with Toy Story

 Next came Dr. Seuss

then Willy Wonka

Alice in Wonderland

and this year's....

Here's the details---all costumes except for the Belle dress were assembled/hot glued/sewed from scratch or existing clothing items. Since I do not sew (but plan to learn) I hit up the local childrens consigment shops where I can inexpensively turn a nothing into a something. Take for example, Chance's beast coat--it was originally a size 10 girls blue blazer, that we cut and trimmed and bedazzled it up to look like just like the beast.

The Cogsworth costume was made from foam with wood looking material glued to it! I added felt, gold paper and gold paint to the bottom.  It's amazing what can be done without actually sewing. I made the top of the clock out of foam and felt and glued it to a brown sweatshirt he wore underneath.

The Mrs. Potts costume is originally an "adult baby costume" that I also used for my Violet Boureguarde costume. We used a bunch of stuffing and a king flat sheet and some felt to make the look of the teapot.

Babette's costume used to be a girls black dress that we turned into a long black skirt. We stitched and glued on the feather boas and ostrich feathers to the bottom of the skirt. A simple black turtleneck and lace apron completed the look. Her "handle" was made from foam and the same wood material as Cogsworth and then hot glued to a headband.

Lumier outfit was all spray painted gold. The candlesticks were made from Oatmeal boxes, spray painted white with foam adhesive to represent wax. His headpiece was made from foam and white material. Please know that it was never my intention for his hands to be seen. I thought the suit coat would cover his hands. It wasn't until I saw the pictures on the computer that I realized his hands were exposed. Ugh.

While I look forward to the years when our themes can be wild and crazy, I think I'll always cherish these magical childhood years when my kids are still young and so full of imagination.

This is what Halloween is all about.  

Here's the video from our photo shoot:

Narciso Halloween Photo Shoot from Gina Narciso on Vimeo.

If you have any costume questions please leave a comment or send me an email.

Happy Halloween!


  1. How did you do beast face and mane?

  2. What kind of foam did you use for Cogsworth?

  3. HI Katrina! I used the cushion/furniture/ foam you find at JoAnns. It was no bigger than an inch or so thick and I glued the wood looking material to the front sides and back of it! Let me know if you have any more questions :)

  4. My family will be trying this theme for this year's halloween. You do amazing work. Honestly!
    My husband will be the beast (it will be hard as he's 6'7), my son will be Gaston, of of my daughter's will be Belle, the other will be Chip and I'll be Mrs.Potts. I'm at a loss on how to make Mrs.Potts, any help would be much appreciated.

  5. I love your cogsworth costume. I have a few questions.

    Did you use foam for all 4 sides of the cogsworth? What wood like material did you use...fabric?