If you are new around these parts, I’d like to introduce you to my favorite post of the year. You see, Halloween isn’t just another holiday to me. It’s my favorite holiday, and one I never outgrew dressing up for!
Our first Halloween as a couple we opted for a couple’s costume, and we’ve never looked back! It’s safe to say Jacob is quite possibly the world’s greatest sport putting up with all my Halloween shenanigans and hopes and dreams each year. Oh, the number of wigs he has worn through the years! It’s hot in Arizona friends, that’s true love right there!
To be fair, I always have a robust list of ideas each year, and I let him have the final say in what we’ll be for our annual Halloween costume. But this year we did something a little different.
2018 Family Halloween Costume
This is the first year we’ve had an opinionated toddler on our hands. I suppose last year a barely-two-year-old had a few opinions and it resulted in going out and buying a second costume he could walk in and was excited about. I could see where our future with family Halloween costumes may be a real challenge. However, this year we decided we could definitely make it work if we heard the toddler out and let him express his hopes and dreams. Additionally, if we could build a fun theme around what he was excited about, we committed we would.
And so friends, we did just that! He chose his costume. We found a baby costume that worked with it too. Next, we built around it and decided on our family theme.
Feel free to fire up some John Williams in the background, because this theme song may get stuck in your head!
So friends, it only feels right to start this off with a John Hammond impression and the announcement
“Welcome to Jurassic Park”
I have to give a huge shoutout to the Arizona Museum of Natural History. I reached out to them and asked if they could help all our photo shoot dreams come true and allow us to take pictures at the museum. They were amazing and let us come after hours so we could achieve that dark, creepy, final attack scenes at the end of Jurassic Park look. And did I mention the museum is amazing? It was all we could do to get our son out of there after we snapped some pictures. He absolutely adores it, it’s like the hidden gem museum of Arizona. He only left willingly after we promised we’d bring him back soon! Seriously, this museum is amazing and if you’re in Arizona you definitely need to plan a visit!
Jurassic Park Costume
First of all, Jacob was super thrilled to not be wearing a wig this year. I love his Dr. Alan Grant costume. It came together easily with some clothes he already owned, travel khakis from Costco, a borrowed hat, his work boots, and a bandana.
Next, I loved being Dr. Ellie Sattler! The book portrayal of her isn’t very impressive, but I love how they made her a strong lead in the movie! She’s smart, she saves the day, and her 90’s style can’t be beaten! I found her classic shirt color in an old Madewell shirt I ordered off Poshmark. A pair of khaki shorts and a nursing friendly tank in the right color did the trick. I added an old belt and my mom’s hiking boots and was set! That set up my Jurassic Park Halloween costume perfectly!
Jurassic Park Couple Costume
I actually read the book when I was a kid. After being told it was too old for me by librarians, I told my dad I was interested and he told me to go for it. My dad was always the type to say yes whenever he could and encourage our literary appetites. Go for it I did! But he may have thought twice when I came in asking what the F-word is… Anyway, it was one I loved and saw the movie when I was probably too young and scared for it too. That hasn’t stopped my love for dinosaurs or this series. A Jurassic Park Costume based on my toddler’s T-rex choice was easy to comply with!
Finally, both our boy’s Jurassic Park dinosaur costumes are from Pottery Barn. I was amazed at how fast all Pottery Barn kid’s dinosaur costumes sold out this year! Consequently, I can’t recommend buying early enough. If you’re in the market, shop early and snag them at least a month in advance, they do have a variation every year!
Also, we were so thrilled with these pictures our friend Lydia of Photography Hill took. This was a low-light setting (which is tricky!), and she is a master at making things work and never missing a single rawr from our son. Can you hear him through the screen?
And now we’re off to two more parties this weekend and a huge night of trick-or-treating celebrating our Jurassic Park costumes. Heaven only knows I loved every minute of it. And if you’ve been around here long enough, you know I’m now officially allowed to start scheming on next year’s family costume!
If you need a flashback of our costumes through the years, here are all the family Halloween costumes we’ve blogged!
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