Dragons Love Tacos! These easy DIY Halloween costumes, based on the beloved children’s book, were SOOOO much fun to make! So much fun in fact, I ended up making one for our French Bulldog, Zoey, too.
After years of homemade costumes, Lilly knows the drill and couldn’t wait to hit Pinterest with me to look for costume inspiration. As soon as she saw a toddler in a taco costume she was sold on the idea. Originally, we tried to convince Max to be an avocado because the kid eats then morning, noon and night, but he wasn’t on board.
He went through a whole series of costume ideas until Lilly suggested he be a dragon, like the book. One of his most favorite toys is a stuffed dragon he named Puff so that idea got him fired up (pardon the pun). It wasn’t long before we headed to the fabric store and got started. Each of these costumes definitely required a few nights of work after the kids were in bed, but I had them both complete in just over a week (plus the dogs costume which took less than an hour). With Halloween still a week away, you could have these made in a time if you’re motivated.
Lilly’s Taco Costume was far and away the easiest to make.
Its just a couple of layers of felt with some poster board glued in between to give the shell some structure. From there, I just added strips of “lettuce” and bits of “tomato” along the edges. Lilly asked me to make her a “tomato” hair clip to complete the look. The entire costume is no-sew and required nothing more than felt, poster board and fabric glue to make.
Max’s Dragon Costume was slightly more complicated, thanks to the long, ridged tail and fully bendable wings.
Both required sewing on a machine, although I was still able to complete the entire costume over the course of three nights. I traced out the ridged tail free hand on a piece of felt and sewed it up on my machine.
The wings required a little more work, but I followed a wonderful tutorial that worked perfectly. Wire hangers are sandwiched between two layers of felt and stitched into place for structure, giving the wings a very realistic look. As finished touches, I added horns on the hood and tail and contrasting “belly” on the front of the hoodie. Matching sweatpants completed the look. (incidentally, I bought Max’s sweatsuit and Lilly’s leggings from Primary.com. Not a sponsor, I just liked the quality and price.)
Finally, I made Zoey’s taco costume. Hers is similar to Lilly’s except I didn’t add any poster board between the layers of felt. I added self-sticking velcro strips to the edges of the “beef” layer running down her back to keep the costumed secured.
Overall, we’re THRILLED with how these turned out. They’ve already worn them once for a neighborhood Halloween parade and party this past weekend. The costumes held up pretty well so far and should be perfect as the weather turns colder this coming week for Halloween.
Wishing you a fiery good Halloween!