If you ever need a family or group costume, I highly recommend Wizard of Oz. It’s easily adapted to small or large groups, and we all love the color and magic of that 1939 film.
The kids immediately knew which characters they wanted to be. I was so happy to see them so into it!
Scarecrow costume was ordered online, because it was inexpensive, but you could make it with any pants, a green long-sleeve shirt, a yellow cloth on the head, and a hat. I later got a fake bird at Michaels, glued it to an alligator clip and clipped it to his shoulder. I didn’t have facepaint, so I used tempera for his nose.
The Tin Man costume was store-bought, as I thought it would be too hard to make. Honestly, I could have used gray pants, a gray long-sleeve shirt, and painted a funnel for a hat. That probably would have come out nicer. I don’t love masks.
Lion costume I found on Craigslist. It was just what I wanted. No mask or face on it. Pants and long-sleeve shirt would have been easy enough, and mittens too. The hood could have been easily made from fur at a fabric store. Oh well. I also used tempera for his face. I could have darkened the brows.
Dorothy costume I ordered. I didn’t know how to make a dress. I picked up glittery red flats at Payless or Target.
Munchkin costume was put together with shorts and a colorful plaid shirt. I loosely stitched felt pieces to the collar (so the shirt could be worn again). I got striped socks at Dollar Tree. My son made a lollipop out of paper. Dollar Tree also has big lollipops.
We had a lot of fun with this theme. My third grader’s class did a Wizard of Oz play a few short months later, and he played the scarecrow. Already had the costume! Note to self: hold onto costumes for a while.