Halloween Costume Ideas – Avengers

(Check our all of our movie-inspired Halloween costume ideas, easy ways to connect with your kids, and simple ways to share God’s story!)

Remember, just about all Super Heroes point to Jesus, the ultimate Super Hero.If your kids are dressing up as their favorite superhero, remind them that Super Heroes pint to Jesus because they show us Philippines 2.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippians 2:3-4

Captain America

In addition to showing us what Philippians 2 looks like, Captain America is also all about the sacrifice. He show’s over and over again what it means to be willing to sacrifice ourselves for a greater good, or even for our friends.

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your Captain America Halloween costume ideas.

I am, and will always be, Team Cap!

I loved his, “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that” quip.

I appreciate how he tries to limit the bad language used in the team.

And I dig the uniform!

Captain America’s uniform is not an easy costume to make. But with a little effort and time, it *is* doable.

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The good folks over at Instructables provide instructions for a very good looking Captain America costume. Yes, it will take a bit of work, but man, look how great that looks! (Click image above to view instructions.)

WikiHow also has instructions for a pretty cool looking Captain America costume. Take a look!

Dress up as Captain America. Connect with your kids. Share God's Story!
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If your Captain America is a bit younger then you should take a look at The Things We’ll Make. Seriously, how awesome does that kid look?

Dress up as Captain America. Connect with your kids. Share God's Story!
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And here’s a no-sew USO Girl for the ladies!

For an added bonus of coolness, Raman Noodle Budget will show us how to make a VERY impressive Captain America shield!

 

If you would rather buy it, take a look at this Amazon offer.

 

Hulk

While not as obvious as Cap, the Hulk is a great example of the importance of – and the difficulty with – self-control. We often see Banner remove himself from situations that will cause him to lose control (literally!) and even gives up what he wants – and who he loves? – in order to control “it.”Connect with your kids as you build these Hulk inspired Halloween costume ideas.

I’m Feeling Crafty has a SMASHING idea for a little Hulk! How adorable is this?!?!?!?

Connect with your kids as you build these Hulk inspired Halloween costume ideas.
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And here’s one for your little Hulk baby! Adorable!

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Hawkeye

Hey, be sure to check out Reel Parables for awesome Avenger inspired costumes and devotional ideas.
Hey, be sure to check out Reel Parables for awesome Avenger inspired costumes and devotional ideas.

Hawkeye’s costume is more like Luke’s or Han’s; fairly easy and likely uses a lot of what you may already  have.

The easiest option is to combine a black sleeveless t-shirt with black pants and black boots (or even shoes). Add one wrist guard and a bow and arrow (often found at a thrift store) and you have an easily identifiable Hawkeye costume!

Here’s a little more detailed costume, but still pretty easy.

 

Finally, here is a great kid Hawkeye costume, complete with a (safe) PVC bow!

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Thor

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your THOR Halloween costume ideas.

 

The good people over at WikiHow has very easy instructions on how to make this affordable Thor costume. Click the image below to see the full instructions.

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your THOR Halloween costume ideas.
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Not to be outdone, Instructables has an amazing looking craft foam costume that is both easy and affordable!

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your THOR Halloween costume ideas.
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Head on over to The Things We’ll Make if your Thor is more of a pint-sized Thor! Her Cap was awesome (see above), but she really raised the bar with this Thor costume!

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your THOR Halloween costume ideas.
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The momma over at I am Momma Hear me Roar has this fantastic Thor costume. Pretty easy and very affordable. Take a look!

Share God's story with your kids as you prep your THOR Halloween costume ideas.
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We even got your tiny baby covered! Click the image below to find out how to make an infant Thor costume!

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For bonus points, here is a pretty easy how-to video for making Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer!

 

Black Widow

While the others deal with sacrifice and self-control, Black Widow is a great example of redemption and forgiveness. There is no doubt that she’s done some very bad things. But she – just like all of us – is redeemable.

God loves us before we ever did something wrong.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

And He loves us even when we do wrong.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Hey big boy. Don't forget to check out Reel Parables for Avenger costume ideas and easy ways to connect with your kids while share God's story with our movies!

The key to Black Widow’s costume is her accessories. The rest is basically a black long sleeve shirt or jacket, black pants, and black boots. Beyond those, it’s a matter of accessories.

To help nail those accessories, head on over to We Must Be Dreamers, WikiHow, or the video below.

 

 

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Halloween Costume Ideas – Batman V Superman

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I like Superman. But I LOVE Batman.

Why? Because with enough money – to make all the amazing Bat-toys – I *could* be Batman!

Lucky for me, I can also pretend to be Batman for Halloween!

Here are some pretty easy – more or less – and fairly inexpensive Batman and Superman costume ideas for this Halloween!

Batman

Connect with your kids as you build these Batman inspired Halloween costume ideas.

Remember, just about all Super Heroes point to Jesus, the ultimate Super Hero.If your kids are dressing up as their favorite superhero, remind them that Super Heroes pint to Jesus because they show us Philippines 2.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippines 2:3-4

Ok, I may have underestimated how hard Batman would be! Most of what I found is SUPER detailed and a quite difficult. That said, the folks over at WikiHow give some good ideas for the black and classic gray versions of the dark night. Check them out!

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WikiHow also shows how to build a pretty good-looking black duct tape Batman mask!

Most superheroes point to Jesus. and Philippians 2. Check out Reel Parables for more!
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Check out Amazon (link below) if you would rather buy a Batman mask.

 

Here is another idea; How to Make an (Upcycled) Batman Costume (for kids).

Connect with your kids. Make a cool Batman costume. Share God's Story!
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Superman

While most superheroes point to Jesus and Philippians 2, Superman is one of the best!

  • He is not of this world.
  • His father sent him to Earth.
  • He is more than human (not of this world) but also very human.
  • He uses his powers for good – truth, justice, and the American Way.
  • In both the comics and in the movies, Superman is willing to sacrifice himself to save mankind!
  • In both the comics and in the movies, Superman is “resurrected” from the dead!

Talk about these ideas – and how Jesus is the greatest superhero – while you make these costumes. Be sure to read Philippians 2:3-4.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippians 2:3-4

Connect with your kids as you build these Superman inspired Halloween costume ideas.

 

While some sewing is involved in the video instructions below, I am pretty sure my junior high and high school Home Economics sewing lessons are enough to make this work!

WikiHow seems to provide step-by-step instructions for the video above. Check them out. They seem helpful.

Here is a generic no sew idea that can be used to make an awesome Superman costume. Click the image below to see the full instructions.

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If you want to start with a Superman t-shirt, be sure to check out the Amazon link below.

 

 

Wonder Woman

Here is a FANTASTIC no sew – and modest – Wonder Woman

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The Flash

While not as popular as Wonder Woman, Superman, or Batman, the Flash is a fun DC character making a comeback with the current TV series. (My wife, kids, and I love it!)

Here is a pretty easy, no sew plan to get your little one all dressed up in their racing reds!

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For those of you who would rather buy your costumes, now's the time!

(Check our all of our movie-inspired Halloween costume ideas, easy ways to connect with your kids, and simple ways to share God’s story!)

If you haven’t already seen them, here are some (mostly) DIY costume ideas: Star Wars for Kids, Star Wars for Adults, Star Wars for Couples, and Finding Nemo & Finding Dory.

For those of you who would rather buy them, now’s the time! I present to you the (as close as I could get without being obnoxious) definitive list of movie-inspired Halloween costumes to buy for adults and kids!

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Marvel/Avengers

Just about all Super Heroes point to Jesus, the ultimate Super Hero.

If your kid is dressing up as their favorite Super Hero, remind them that Super Heroes pint to Jesus because they show us Philippines 2.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippians 2:3-4

Iron Man

 

Captain America

 

The Incredible Hulk

Black Widow

Hawkeye

Thor

 

Loki

Spider-man

Ant-man

Guardians of the Galaxy

Groot

We are Groot! Share God's story as your kids dresses up at the REAL hero of Guardians of the Galaxy, GROOT!

Groot steals the show and steals our hearts.

Why? Because he shows us what Philippians 2 looks like!

He humbles himself for the other Guardians. He was willing to die to save them.

Sound familiar?

Not only that, but we see the ressurected little baby Groot!

Yeah, Groot shares God’s story!

Rocket Raccoon

Drax

Wolverine

 

Cyclops

 

Star Wars

In my opinion the first six Star Wars episodes are all about he rise, fall, and redemption of Dark Vader. Remind your kids that anyone – even Darth Vader – can be redeemed!

Check the Sharing God’s Story section below for more!

Luke Skywalker

 

Princess Leia

Han Solo

Chewbacca

R2D2

 

C3PO

 

BB8

 

Rey

Finn

 

Poe (or X-wing fighter)

 

Ewok

Finding Dory/Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is basically a retelling of Jesus’ Lost Parables from Luke 15.

Nemo is caught because he disobeyed his father. But his father still loves his prodigal son and chases after him!

Remind your kids that THAT is how God loves them!

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinnersChrist died for us.
Romans 5:8

(If you want to go deeper, check out my book, Sharing God’s Story with Finding Nemo over at Amazon.)

Nemo/Marlin

Dory

Squirt

Hank

 

DC/Batman/Superman

Just about all Super Heroes point to Jesus, the ultimate Super Hero.

If your kid is dressing up as their favorite Super Hero, remind them that Super Heroes pint to Jesus because they show us Philippines 2.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippians 2:3-4

Superman

Batman

Wonder Woman

Supergirl

Flash

Frozen

Much like Finding Nemo, Frozen is very much a retelling of a Lost Parable. Else runs away. Her sister, Anna, runs after her to save her.

Remind your kids that THAT is how God loves them!

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinnersChrist died for us.
Romans 5:8

If you want to dive in deeper be sure to check out my book, Sharing God’s Story with Disney’s Frozen over at Amazon.)

Elsa

Anna

The Incredibles

Yeah, you can share God's story with the Incredibles!
Yeah, you can share God’s story with the Incredibles!

The Incredibles, much like most ensemble superhero teams, show us how the Chruch works (or should work).

Mr. Incredible could NOT save the day on his own. He needed all the heroes to use THEIR GIFTS so that THEY could accomplish their mission.

This is how the Church SHOULD work, according to I Corinthians 12.

But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. If they were all the same member, where would the body be? So now there are many members, but one body.
I Corinthians 12:18-20

If your kid is dressing up as their favorite Super Hero, remind them that Super Heroes pint to Jesus because they show us Philippines 2.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
Philippians 2:3-4

Sharing God’s Story

Star Wars

  • Remind your kids that just like Anakin/Darth Vader was “redeemable,” so are they. And no matter what they do, God still loves them and died for them.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

  • Remind your kids that God still loves them when they sin, just like Luke still loved his dad (Anakin/Vader).
  • Discuss light and darkness. They are not just ideas in Star Wars, the bible talks a lot about light and darkness.

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:8

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
First John 2:9

  • Remind them that God loves them the way Han Solo loved his son Ben, Kyle Ren. We see this in how Han Solo was willing to sacrifice himself to try to save his son. This also goes for Anakin/Vader. He sacrificed himself to save Luke.
  • Remind them of John 15:13

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

  • Show them that when Luke uses the Force, it’s a picture – a parable – about how we walk in faith.

For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

Finding Nemo and Finding Dory

  • Finding Nemo is very much a retelling of the Lost Parables from Luke 15. Finding Nemo is the parable of the lost fish.
  • Nemo is literally “caught up in his sin.” He disobeys his dad, Marlin, and is caught by a diver with a net.
  • How do you know Marlin still loves Nemo, even though he disobeyed? Because he went looking for him!
  • Remind your kids that they are like Nemo and lost because of their sin.
  • But also remind them that Jesus loves them the way Marlin loved Nemo!
  • And just like Marlin went looking for Nemo, because he loved him, Jesus is looking for them (and died to save them)!
  • Remind your kids that God loves them the way Marlin loved Nemo.
  • Play a game of hide and seek. When you find your child, give them a HUGE hug and tell them how much you love them. Then remind them that God loves them even more than that!

I love, love, love how Finding Nemo (and Finding Dory to some degree) shares God’s story. I love it so much a wrote a devotional, Sharing God’s Story with Finding Nemo, that you can use to share God’s story with your kids and students.

Yes, you can share God's story with Finding Nemo! Check out Reel Parables to see how!

What did I miss?

I am sure there are other Reel Parable moments in the Star Wars movies. so let us know how you share God’s story with Star Wars so we can too!

Hey, If you want to go deeper be sure to check out Erik over at The Christian Jedi. He current has six bible studies on how to share your faith with Star Wars!

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Halloween Costume Ideas – Finding Dory and Finding Nemo

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If dressing up as Star Wars characters (for kids, for adults, and for couples) isn’t your thing, here’s some awesome ideas for dressing up as and sharing God’s story with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory!

Halloween is a great time to connect with your kid’s over their love of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory!

Marlin and Nemo (clown fish)

Here are a some ways to dress up as Marlin or Nemo.

Here is a “no sew” idea using an orange hoody and some material. (Click the image below.)

Connect with your kids over Finding Nemo while you share God's story!
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Here is another cute Nemo or Marlin idea!

You can also order them now, if you prefer not to make one. Amazon has them for both kids and adults.

 

Connect with your kids as you dress up as and share God's story with Finding Nemo.
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Connect with your kids as you share God's story with Finding Nemo this Halloween!
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Dory

Here is a cute “cardboard cut out” costumee that can work for young or old.

Here is a fantastic art project that is also a costume!

Foam board + creativity = awesome Dory costume!

Connect with your kids as you dress up as and share God's story with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory this Halloween!
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Here are a few options you can buy if you don’t want to take the time to make them. As with Nemo, Amazon has options for both adults and kids, including a Disney princess Dory tutu costume!

Connect with your kids as you share God's story with Finding Dory this Halloween!
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Connect with your kids as you dress up as, and share God's story with, Finding Dory this Halloween!
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Share God's story - and connect with your kids - with Finding Dory this Halloween!
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Squirt or Crush (the turtles)

Ah, you gotta love Squirt and Crush!

Squirt: Sweet.
Crush: Totally…..

Crush says, "Dude, check out reel parables to learn how to connect with your kids as you share God's story with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory this Halloween!"

Sure, it will take a bit of work, but here is a great way to build an awesome Squirt or Crush turtle shell!

Darla

I know Bruce the shark is sort of a bad guy, but let’s be honest, the real bad guy of Finding Nemo was the fish killing Darla!Connect with your kids over Finding Nemo while you share God's story!

Aside from the braces and head-gear, Darla is pretty straight up easy. Pair a purple sweater or sweatshirt with a plaid skirt, and put your hair into pig tails and you are all most done!

Here are a few different ways to do the braces and head-gear:

Now just add a fish toy (plush or plastic) inside a plastic bag (dry or with water) to top off your Darla costume!

Over all Darla is a pretty cheap and easy costume that almost anyone should recognize and get a laugh out of!

The Scuba Guy!

Last but not least, I give you the Scuba Guy!

Connect with your kids over Finding Nemo while you share God's story!

Delineate Your Dwelling has an awesome how to that you can use for the Finding Nemo scuba guy. Seriously, very DIY and super affordable! Here is an example of her work. Go check it out!

Connect with your kids over Finding Nemo while you share God's story!

 

Finally, here is a family that combined most if these ideas so each member of the family. Great stuff that you should totally check out!

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Sharing God’s Story with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory

Shopping for, and making, these Finding Nemo and Finding Dory costumes is a fantastic time to share God’s story!

  • Finding Nemo is very much a retelling of the Lost Parables from Luke 15. Finding Nemo is the parable of the lost fish.
  • Nemo is literally “caught up in his sin.” He disobeys his dad, Marlin, and is caught by a diver with a net.
  • How do you know Marlin still loves Nemo, even though he disobeyed? Because he went looking for him!
  • Remind your kids that they are like Nemo and lost because of their sin.
  • But also remind them that Jesus loves them the way Marlin loved Nemo!
  • And just like Marlin went looking for Nemo, because he loved him, Jesus is looking for them (and died to save them)!
  • Remind your kids that God loves them the way Marlin loved Nemo.
  • Play a game of hide and seek. When you find your child, give them a HUGE hug and tell them how much you love them. Then remind them that God loves them even more than that!

I love, love, love how Finding Nemo (and Finding Dory to some degree) shares God’s story. I love it so much a wrote a devotional, Sharing God’s Story with Finding Nemo, that you can use to share God’s story with your kids and students.

Yes, you can share God's story with Finding Nemo! Check out Reel Parables to see how!

What did I miss? I am sure there are other Reel Parable moments in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, so let us know how you share God’s story with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

Connect with your kids as you share God's story with Finding Nemo!

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And be sure to check out our new Start Here and About pages!

Until next time, God bless.

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Halloween Costume Ideas – Star Wars Couples

(Check our all of our movie-inspired Halloween costume ideas, easy ways to connect with your kids, and simple ways to share God’s story!)

We all enjoy seeing the little ones live out their Star Wars fantasy. And some of us enjoy doing it ourselves. But there *is* something super fun about seeing couples do it together!

So grab your significant other, your better half, your gentleman caller, or your lady friend and get started on your Star Wars couples Halloween costume!

Luke & Leia

Don't worry Luke, its not too late to pick out your Halloween costume! Just head on over to Reel Parables!
Don’t worry Luke, its not too late to pick out your Halloween costume!

Princess Leia

As awesome as Rey is, and she is awesome, I am still partial to Princess Leia. Her A New Hope outfit – the white dress and buns – in one of the most iconic outfits of all time!

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This one take a bit of sewing but look AMAZING!

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Here’s an easy one made out of sheet. Enjoy

No Princess Leia costume is complete without the Princess Leia buns! These buns are a bit beyond my braiding skills so here are some helpful hints from The Sewing Rabbit, a Me Sew Crazy blog.

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Luke Skywalker

Luke’s is a pretty easy costume to make. Take your pick between Luke on Tatooine or Luke in his Jedi outfit.

Ah, that's more like it.

Luke on Tatooine is pretty easy since all you need is a white top (bathrobe or even karate top), khaki pants and a brown belt.

If you don’t already have them you are likely to find them at your local thrift store.

Jedi Luke

Jedi Luke’s outfit is also pretty easy to make.

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Luke’s all black Jedi outfit is a no brainer. But without a light saber your little one will look a bit like Johnny Cash. Not a bad thing, but not Star Wars.

Enter the the Jedi tunic and robe. With the Jedi tunic and robe your little one will instantly be recognized at the Jedi Master they think they are!

Here are a few helpful resources:

How to Make a Jedi Robe

How to Make a Quick and Easy Jedi Costume

Realistic, blue, disabled lightsaber top view

No Jedi costume is complete without a light saber! Don’t have one yet? You still have time to get one from Amazon, and they are pretty affordable!

Han & Leia

When I was Star Wars a New Hope as a kid (I was 7 years old) I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. when I saw the Empire Strikes Back (I was 10 years old) I relaized that Han Solo actually got the girl. This budding relationship grows deeper in Return of the Jedi (I was now 13 years old). Once I realize that Han got the girl – Princes Leia – I then wanted to be Han!

These two need a cool couple name! Hania? Lean?
These two need a cool couple name! Hania? Lean?

 

Couple the costume for Leia above with these Han costume or costume items and you have an awesome Star Wars couple’s costume!

As we see in the pic below you can get away with a white or tan long sleeve t-shirt, a dark vest, blue jeans/pants, boots and a belt. It seems to me that the belt and holster can really make or break this outfit.

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That handsome devil. No wonder he got the girl!

 

Here is an official pretty easy how to from Star Wars (starwars.com)

Here are a few helps from the Stylish Geek for Han’s belt & holster and Han’s vest.

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Han & Chewy

Han and Leia are amazing, but let’s be honest for a moment. Han and Chewy are awesome-er!

You too can be this cool for Halloween! Head on over to Reel Parables for Star Wars costume ideas AND short devotional ideas.
So who are these two? Chean? Hacca?

 

Combine this easy Chewbacca idea with the Han costume above and you too (you two?) can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!

Chewbacca is pretty easy. While not the most accurate costume, but certainly fun, these Chewbacca pajamas , when combined with the now infamous Chewbacca Mask,  make for an entertaining Chewbacca costume.

Please note that the snow, swagger, and attitude sold separately.

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You too can be this cool for Halloween! Head on over to Reel Parables for Star Wars costume ideas AND short devotional ideas.
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Sharing God’s Story

Shopping for and making these Star Wars costumes is a great time to share God’s story.

  • Remind your kids that just like Anakin/Darth Vader was “redeemable,” so are they. And no matter what they do, God still loves them and died for them.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

  • Remind your kids that God still loves them when they sin, just like Luke still loved his dad (Anakin/Vader).
  • Discuss light and darkness. They are not just ideas in Star Wars, the bible talks a lot about light and darkness.

 

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5

 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

 

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46

 

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:8

 

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
First John 2:9

  • Remind them that God loves them the way Han Solo loved his son Ben, Kyle Ren. We see this in how Han Solo was willing to sacrifice himself to try to save his son. This also goes for Anakin/Vader. He sacrificed himself to save Luke.
  • Remind them of John 15:13

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

  • Show them that when Luke uses the Force, it’s a picture – a parable – about how we walk in faith.

For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

What did I miss?

I am sure there are other Reel Parable moments in the Star Wars movies. so let us know how you share God’s story with Star Wars so we can too!

Hey, If you want to go deeper be sure to check out Erik over at The Christian Jedi. He current has six bible studies on how to share your faith with Star Wars!

Head on over to Reel Parables for lots of Star Wars themed Halloween costumes!

 

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Halloween Costume Ideas – Star Wars for Adults

(Check our all of our movie-inspired Halloween costume ideas, easy ways to connect with your kids, and simple ways to share God’s story!)

Kids aren’t the only ones who get to dress up as Star Wars characters for Halloween, so do we adults, especially if we are part of a couple!

Here you go… enjoy!

Rey

The Sorry Girls – video below – show how to make a VERY convening Rey costume. It takes a little work, but looks do-able for even a beginner sewer.

Here is another take at it, this time with goggles.

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Princess Leia

As awesome as Rey is, and she is awesome, I am still partial to Princess Leia. Her A New Hope outfit – the white dress and buns – in one of the most iconic outfits of all time!

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This one take a bit of sewing but look AMAZING!

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Here’s an easy one made out of sheet. Enjoy

No Princess Leia costume is complete without the Princess Leia buns! These buns are a bit beyond my braiding skills so here are some helpful hints from The Sewing Rabbit, a Me Sew Crazy blog.

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Luke Skywalker

Luke’s is a pretty easy costume to make. Take your pick between Luke on Tatooine or Luke in his Jedi outfit.

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Luke on Tatooine is pretty easy since all you need is a white top (bathrobe or even karate top), khaki pants and a brown belt.

If you don’t already have them you are likely to find them at your local thrift store.

Jedi Luke

Jedi Luke’s outfit is also pretty easy to make.

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Luke’s all black Jedi outfit is a no brainer. But without a light saber your little one will look a bit like Johnny Cash. Not a bad thing, but not Star Wars.

Enter the the Jedi tunic and robe. With the Jedi tunic and robe your little one will instantly be recognized at the Jedi Master they think they are!

Here are a few helpful resources:

How to Make a Jedi Robe

How to Make a Quick and Easy Jedi Costume

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No Jedi costume is complete without a light saber! Don’t have one yet? You still have time to get one from Amazon, and they are pretty affordable!

 

Han Solo

Han – both young and old – can be a pretty easy costume to pull together.

Young Han (Original Trilogy)

As we see in the pic below you can get away with a white or tan long sleeve t-shirt, a dark vest, blue jeans/pants, boots and a belt. It seems to me that the belt and holster can really make or break this outfit.

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That handsome devil.

 

Here is an official pretty easy how to from Star Wars (starwars.com)

Here are a few helps from the Stylish Geek for Han’s belt & holster and Han’s vest.

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Old Han (the Force Awakens)

The old Han outfit is similar to the young Han outfit. The biggest difference being the jacket and the pants, which are now brown instead of blue.

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Still a handsome devil.

 

Again, you can get away with a white or tan long sleeve t-shirt, a brown jacket, and brown jeans/pants. Use the help above for the belt or click here to buy one from Amazon.

If you want more than just a brown jacket, check out this one. Yeah, it is a bit expensive, but man is it cool!

X-Wing Pilots/Poe Dameron

This Poe fighter pilot outfit is a labor of love. But let’s be honest, a little bit of cash, a trip to the thrift store, and some spray paint can look amazing! Take a look.

 

Finn

The good news that Finn is about as easy as Luke, Han, and Poe!

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Start with a black long sleeve shirt and black pants. Again, it’s the jacket that seems to make or break this costume. Check your local thrift store for a brown jacket that will work or head over to Amazon to see what you can buy. Yeah, they are pricey, but pretty cool!

Ewoks

I gotta say, I didn’t know that “sexy Ewoks” were a thing. That said, here is a pretty tame – and pretty easy – set of instructions on how to make an Ewok costumer for an adult. Have fun!

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Chewbacca

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Last but not least, I give you Chewbacca.

Chewbacca is pretty easy. While not the most accurate costume, but certainly fun, these Chewbacca pajamas , when combined with the now infamous Chewbacca Mask,  make for an entertaining Chewbacca costume.

Please note that the snow, swagger, and attitude sold separately.

 

Sharing God’s Story

Shopping for and making these Star Wars costumes is a great time to share God’s story.

  • Remind your kids that just like Anakin/Darth Vader was “redeemable,” so are they. And no matter what they do, God still loves them and died for them.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

  • Remind your kids that God still loves them when they sin, just like Luke still loved his dad (Anakin/Vader).
  • Discuss light and darkness. They are not just ideas in Star Wars, the bible talks a lot about light and darkness.

 

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5

 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

 

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46

 

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:8

 

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
First John 2:9

  • Remind them that God loves them the way Han Solo loved his son Ben, Kyle Ren. We see this in how Han Solo was willing to sacrifice himself to try to save his son. This also goes for Anakin/Vader. He sacrificed himself to save Luke.
  • Remind them of John 15:13

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

  • Show them that when Luke uses the Force, it’s a picture – a parable – about how we walk in faith.

For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

What did I miss?

I am sure there are other Reel Parable moments in the Star Wars movies. so let us know how you share God’s story with Star Wars so we can too!

Hey, If you want to go deeper be sure to check out Erik over at The Christian Jedi. He current has six bible studies on how to share your faith with Star Wars!

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SHARING IS CARING! Please share this post with at least one friend. Thanks!

Get my free e-book, How to See God’s Story in Movies. This free download will help you share God’s story with your kids and students by showing you how to see God’s story in movies.

Not only will this guarantee that you get the latest Reel Parables posts, but you will also get my most popular downloads, including “How to Time Travel.”

And be sure to check out our new Start Here and About pages!

Until next time, God bless.

Simon L Smith

 

 

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Halloween Costume Ideas – Star Wars for Kids

(Check our all of our movie-inspired Halloween costume ideas, easy ways to connect with your kids, and simple ways to share God’s story!)

I love Star Wars.

I saw Star Wars in the theater when I was 7 years old. Straightaway I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. I did my best to cobble together a Luke Skywalker like outfit. I even made Luke’s binoculars about of two toilet paper rolls!

Here are some great Star Wars Halloween costumes for kids. (You can also find adult costume here!)

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OK, I gotta be honest… I remember him being much cooler than this!

Luke Skywalker

Luke’s is a pretty easy costume to make. Take your pick between Luke on Tatooine or Luke in his Jedi outfit.

Luke on Tatooine

Ah, that's more like it.
Ah, that’s more like it.

 

Luke on Tatooine is pretty easy since all you need is a white top (bathrobe or even karate top), khaki pants and a brown belt.

If you don’t already have them you are likely to find them at your local thrift store.

Melly Sews has two great How To resources to help you out.

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Jedi Luke

Jedi Luke’s outfit (or your young little Jedi’s outfit) is also pretty easy to make.

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Luke’s all black Jedi outfit is a no brainer. But without a light saber your little one will look a bit like Johnny Cash. Not a bad thing, but not Star Wars.

Enter the the Jedi tunic and robe. With the Jedi tunic and robe your little one will instantly be recognized at the Jedi Master they think they are!

Here are a few helpful resources:

How to Make a Jedi Robe

How to Make a Quick and Easy Jedi Costume

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Realistic, blue, disabled lightsaber top view

No Jedi costume is complete without a light saber! Don’t have one yet? You still have time to get one from Amazon, and they are pretty affordable!

Princes Leia

Here’s a parenting tip: let’s stay away from Leia’s metal bikini.

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Princess Leia’s white dress is probably the easiest to make and (besides the metal bikini) one of her most recognizable outfits.

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Here are two easy “no sew” Princess Leia costume ideas.

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No Princess Leia costume is complete without the Princess Leia buns! These buns are a bit beyond my braiding skills so here are some helpful hints from The Sewing Rabbit, a Me Sew Crazy blog.

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Han Solo

Here is a pretty easy DIY Han Solo costume. A little bit more complicated, but totally do-able!

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Rey

Sabrina Pena Young – in the video below – shows how to make a no sew Rey Skywalker costume. Wait, the *is* Luke’s daughter, right? So we can call her Rey Skywalker?

 

 

 

 

R2D2 and BB8

These two costume ideas may be a bit harder to make, but man are they adorable! Boxes, paper mache, and loads of fun!

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X-Wing Pilots/Poe Dameron

Any kid can now be an X–wing pilot thanks to Filth’s Wizardry and their easy breezy instructions. You could also co-op this make a pretty good Poe costume!

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Ewoks

Last but not least, here’s an awesome no sew Ewok costume from My Charming Colors. Seriously, it’s adorable! Check it out.

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Sharing God’s Story

Shopping for and making these Star Wars costumes is a great time to share God’s story.

  • Remind your kids that just like Anakin/Darth Vader was “redeemable,” so are they. And no matter what they do, God still loves them and died for them.

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

  • Remind your kids that God still loves them when they sin, just like Luke still loved his dad (Anakin/Vader).
  • Discuss light and darkness. They are not just ideas in Star Wars, the bible talks a lot about light and darkness.

 

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5

 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

 

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
John 12:46

 

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:8

 

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
First John 2:9

  • Remind them that God loves them the way Han Solo loved his son Ben, Kyle Ren. We see this in how Han Solo was willing to sacrifice himself to try to save his son. This also goes for Anakin/Vader. He sacrificed himself to save Luke.
  • Remind them of John 15:13

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

  • Show them that when Luke uses the Force, it’s a picture – a parable – about how we walk in faith.

For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

What did I miss?

I am sure there are other Reel Parable moments in the Star Wars movies. so let us know how you share God’s story with Star Wars so we can too!

Hey, If you want to go deeper be sure to check out Erik over at The Christian Jedi. He current has six bible studies on how to share your faith with Star Wars!

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SHARING IS CARING! Please share this post with at least one friend. Thanks!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to join the Reel Parables community by joining our mailing list (see below). This will make sure that you don’t miss any of the awesome costume ideas!

Movies + Halloween + Costumes = AWESOME!

Dressing up for Halloween and movies go together.

Sure, kids can get away with dressing up as their favorite superhero or heroine pretty much anytime they want, but on Halloween us adults can get away with it also!

As cool as that is – and it *is* cool – Halloween often sneaks up on me and I miss my opportunity to rock a cool costume.

Not. This. Year!

This year I am helping us plan ahead!

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Over the next few weeks I will share a ton of do-it-yourself movie-based costume ideas (and a few buy-it-yourself ideas) for both kids and adults. I’ll even throw in some last-minute ideas for those of us who will be surprised that October 31 is already upon us!

With each post I will share at least two things:

  1. Links to resources to help you create the perfect movie based Halloween costume.
  2. A few easy ways to share God’s story with the selected movie or character.

FYI – I will stay away from scary and evil characters, as well as, with very few exceptions, the “bad guys.” I mean, Loki isn’t *always* a bad guy, right?

If you haven’t already, be sure to join the Reel Parables community by joining our mailing list (see below). This will make sure that you don’t miss any of the awesome costume ideas!

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I’d like to say that I was dressed up for Halloween… but it’s just me rocking my Star Trek uniform… on my way to school… but you get the idea!