Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle DIY Halloween Costumes


Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle DIY Halloween CostumesOne of our kids favorite movies for the past couple of years is Jumanji. We love the Robin Williams original version, so it was a hard one to beat, but the new versions of the cursed game did not disappoint. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Jumaji: The Next Level feature a new cast of characters that get sucked into a video game where they transform into their avatar characters (with different strengths and weaknesses); as opposed to Williams movie where the game came to life on a board game with the roll of a dice. If you haven’t seen the movies, we highly recommend them! Our kids love them, and we laugh every.single.time we watch them. Since we have nothing but love for the jungle adventure movie, our kids jumped with excitement when we mentioned DIY Jumanji halloween costumes for 2020.

As you know, we love costumes that have items of normal clothing that can be re-worn (even better when we already own it), and Jessica always has to have a DIY element. Groups costumes are getting harder and harder with our kids getting older and more opinionated, but we would love for the tradition to continue as long as our kids will go for it. In the past, we dove under the sea with a DIY diver costume, DIY jellyfish (one of our all-time faves) and Deadliest Catch fisherman. Next, we ventured into the magical world of Harry Potter. And, who can forget the colorful world of the Dreamworks DIY Troll costume. Last year, we went a little dark with our glorious DIY Maleficent.

This year, welcome to the jungle! You have plenty of time to get this costume together – it can totally be done now, or last-minute is more your thing. Here’s how we did it…

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Ruby Roundhouse
Army cargo pants: Walmart $12
Gloves: $1 Walmart gloves, and cut tips
Maroon top: Target $8
Combat boots: Target $24 (we had these already)
Old school boombox: We made this with a recycled shoe box, black paint, clay buttons, and chair floor protectors
Harness: DIY, folded black duct tape
Utility belt: Amazon, $13 (you can use one or two of the pockets for the other costumes)
Red hair wax: Amazon, $10

Dr. Shelly Oberon
Safari hat: Amazon for $17
Safari jacket: Amazon for $29
Shorts: already owned
Bogs boots: already owned, but these are great winter boots that last forever
Round circle frame glasses: Amazon, $9
Button up shirt: already owned, and most any would work
Green bowtie: Amazon, $9 (comes with suspenders, and you’ll be all set for St. Patrick’s day)
Vest: Thrift store score from my mother-in-law but Amazon has one for $30 if your thrift store doesn’t have one

“Mouse” Finbar
Green backpack: Waterproof Utility Bag (rave reviews for this bag outdoors) This is a big part of the movie because he’s backpack guy
Cargo shorts: Gap, $13
Polo shirt: already owned it
Vest: already owned, but this one or this one would work too (both under $15)
Bucket hat: Amazon for $12
Red bandana: already owned it
Binoculars: already owned, but this $9 pair works, or this pair if you want it to last awhile longer
Boots: already had, but this pair of black boots from Target work
Camo socks: Old Navy, $10 for 3 pairs

Smolder Bravestone
Utility shirt: already owned it, but here’s one
Green pants: already owned it, but here’s one
Military belt with holster: Amazon, $20
Boots: Walmart, $16

Accessories/DIY Costume Props
Boombox: DIY
Jumanji game: DIY with boxes. We used brown and copper paint to paint the box, the texture on the box is made with a hot glue gun – we traced the name of the game and the design on front from an online print out and then painted the glue copper. The handle is made with black folded duct tape. If you need a tutorial, email us at hello@jsorelle.com. We can send them to you.
Printables of character strengths and weaknesses: free printable from Handmade Charlotte

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DIY group halloween costume for kids - jumanji welcome to the jungle

Happy Halloween from our jungle crew! Our other adorable crew is dressing as a family, and they are traveling along the yellow brick road. Check in to our instagram to see the looks on Halloween!

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Halloween Crafts and Decor For Kids & Adults

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It’s October, which means the leaves begin to fall, pumpkins adorn our porches, and the witches, ghosts, goblins and googly eye everything come out to play. We have a somewhat hard time in fall…it’s a bittersweet season for us. We are sad to say goodbye to summer, the pool and warm weather, yet we enjoy the vibrant colors on the trees, sipping hot tea (or coffee) and cooler days. But, we know fall is short-lived, and soon Colorado will be covered in white with cold temps. While we enjoy the stillness and beauty of the cold days with falling snow, it’s a long, cold and dark winter ahead. The changing seasons bring so many emotions, but as we get older, I think we see what season we would like to spend 90% of our time in. And, for us, it’s not the winter. 🙂

For now, we will embrace the fall season. We’ve created a few scary, but mostly sweet, fall and Halloween DIY’s over the years. We’re sharing some of our favorite fall DIY’s below, and there’s truly something for every age. Plus, they all are totally doable Halloween crafts, for those of us who have DIY in us, and those who don’t!

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1. Halloween Candle with DIY Googly Eyes: This is a new Halloween DIY, and we are obsessed. The DIY wax eyeballs create such a chic Halloween touch to any party or table setting. Find all the details here. We’ll give you a clue, you can break into your kids crayon box for this one.

2. Pumpkin Wine Dispenser: This is one of our all-time favorites. It’s a pumpkin wine dispenser!! Best part is the wine, of course, but also the fact that you can use it year and after! The wine will flow for all who desire. This is just too good (and easy) not to make!

3. Chocolate Cupcake Toppers: We love our chocolate. This fun cupcake topper looks super fancy, and like your an expert pastry chef, but the only skill set you truly need is the ability to trace. You just need to swap a pencil in for melted chocolate. See how to do it here.

4. Faux Floral Arrangement: Fall doesn’t mean all leaves and branches. You can create a pretty floral masterpiece with just a few stems, and skeleton props. See how we did it here.

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1. Sticker Halloween Jokes: We love a good laugh, and our kids love ALL the cheesy jokes, so we made a FREE Halloween jokes printable for you. All you need to do is print it on sticker paper (Astrobrights in our favorite), and attach it to any snack, treat or gift you want. Due to all the COVID restrictions this year, kids are only allowed to bring pre-packaged items to school, so you can dress them up with Halloween stickers to get the kids laughing! Download the free printable here.

2. Furry Monster Pillows: You don’t need a sewing machine for this one (and barely any sewing kids), and the kids will love the cuddle session with an adorable, cute monster.

3. Blow Art with a Straw: Your kids will love this one, and it will keep them entertained for hours on those cold days when you are reaching your sanity limits inside.

4. Fingerprint Monster Pumpkins: We created 7 no-carve pumpkin ideas for Real Simple a few years ago, and this was a favorite. Paint your kids fingertips with paint, press tips on the pumpkin, then transform them into adorable monsters. You can avoid the whole sticky, gooey mess of carving pumpkins! You can this tutorial, plus 20 awesome other ideas, here.

Halloween Decor: DIY Googly Eye Wax Candles

DIY eyeball candles

We’ve got major heart eyes for these DIY eyeball candles. It’s subtle, but an amazing DIY candle upgrade for Halloween. The candle is store-bought, but the DIY eyeballs take less then 30 minutes to add, and the supplies needed are minimal. These are not traditional plastic eyeballs, because that would be a fire hazard…instead, these googly eyes are made from wax.

Once Halloween is over, you can store the candles as-is, or scrape off the eyes, and you have your standard black candles back!

DIY Eyeball Candles for Halloween 


  • Soy candle wax, white
  • Crayon, black
  • Black taper candles
  • Heat-safe glass with spout (glass measuring cup works great)
  • Pot with about 2 cups water on the stove
  • Bamboo skewer, 2 for each color wax


Step 1: Pour about 2 tablespoons candle wax flakes in the glass measuring cup. Set the cup in a pot with water on the stove. Set heat to high and watch it melt. You will not even use it all the wax for these DIY eyeballs, but you can add more if needed. We didn’t use a white crayon with this project because we couldn’t find one. We have 5 of every other crayon, but not white. You can try to use a crayon instead of the soy wax. The black crayon we used for the eyeball was easy to melt and use; however it was somewhat fickle attaching to the white eyeball. By fickle, we mean, the wax had to be very hot and sometimes it would take a second try to stick to the white eyeball (so not THAT fickle). So, we are not sure if this was due to the fact that they are two different kinds of wax, or if the crayons are slightly different to work with.

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Step 2: Use the end of the bamboo skewer (the round, flat end, NOT the pointy end) to dab into the hot white wax, and then dab onto the candlestick. You can let the wax cool a bit, so it hardens faster on the candle. As you know a candlestick is round, so if you tilt, the eyeball will be a little deformed. We dabbed a couple drops of wax along one “side” of the candle, and once they turned white and hardened, we would rotate the candle and dab along another edge. The wax takes about 30 seconds to harden, so this is not too time consuming.

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diy googly eye halloween candles-halloween crafts

Step 3: Once you have all the white eyeballs, now it’s time to melt the black crayon. It’s easier to melt the black crayon if you use a knife to cut it into little shavings. When it’s melted, time to dip the skewer (you can try either end of the skewer, depending on the size of the white eye) and dab gently on each eye. If the black doesn’t attach right away, like we mentioned above, dip it into the melted crayon wax again (make sure it’s hot) and try again. It should work, even if it takes a try or two.

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diy googly eye halloween candles-halloween crafts


Step 4: Step them in a safe taper candle holder, and watch them glow as Halloween nears. As always, with any kind of candle or candle-related project, please be careful. Don’t ever leave candles unattended, or within close reach of children. Keep flammables away from open flames. Be smart.

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diy googly eye halloween candles-halloween crafts

diy googly eye halloween candles-halloween crafts

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Last-Minute Halloween Printable + Cheesy Halloween Jokes

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So, Jessica is last-minute with most everything she does. Jenna would have had this planned months ago, and she would have designed. But, with life being busy right now, and this being an extremely last-minute idea, Jessica created with Canva.

If you don’t know what to bring to the classroom Halloween party this year, grab bags of snacks or chips at the store, and we’ve got you covered with a free printable (see at the bottom of this post). You don’t need to bake anything, or come up with another cute Halloween party snack. Just print on Astrobrights sticker paper (or regular paper), and add it to a bag of chips (or oreos, or goldfish, etc). It has less sugar than the usual candy, and kids will love the cheesy laughs. A little effort goes a long way with this one!

Happy Halloween!

halloween jokes for kids-school halloween snacks-free printable

halloween jokes for kids-school halloween snacks-free printable

halloween jokes for kids-school halloween snacks-free printable


DIY No-Sew Maleficent Costume

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We love Maleficent around here, especially our girls. We still haven’t seen Maleficent, Mistress of Evil, and can’t wait to watch it. When Jessica’s daughter said she wanted a homemade Maleficent costume, we were a little hesitant because it looks intimidating, but after we shopped around and got creative without a sewing machine, and with plenty of duck tape, and a trip to Target and the vet’s office, it all worked out magnificently.

We know Halloween is less than one week away, but this can easily be done within one day, maybe two for the paint to dry! You can do it!! If not this year, put it in the files for next year. We may have the horns you can borrow. wink wink

You’ll Need:


The best part about the top, skirt and shoes is that you can wear all year-long! I hate buying costumes that are worn once, and never re-worn. Now that my kids are older, they don’t dress up like they use to, so I like buying everyday clothes that can be transformed into a costume. Most of her outfit is from the Girls Cat and Jack line from Target.

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Maleficent Horns
Cut 5 to 6 inch strips of duct tape. Begin to wrap around the small Maleficent horns. You will just wrap and wrap until you build a larger size. Maintain the shape of the original horns, but this step will make them thicker. You don’t want them too big, or it will be top heavy. But, they need to be somewhat large for effect. Once the horns are set, add hot glue to the bottom of them, and glue to the headband. Now, begin to wrap duct tape around the base of the horns and the headband. Wrap, wrap and wrap some more, until the horns and sturdy on the headband and it looks like one unit. When it’s done, put on the swim cap, and then add the headband/horns.

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Maleficent Staff
This was a really fun prop to make. We got messy, and it kept the kids entertained. We found a stick outside, but it was just too small, and didn’t have much texture. So, we texturized it with newspaper and paper mache. We cut small strips of newspaper, and once we had our “glue” or flour and water mixture (1 part flour, 1 part water), we dipped the strips in the mixture, slid off the excess with our fingers, and wrapped it around the stick. We made some parts bumpy by twisting the newspaper, and other parts smooth by wrapping it tight. At the top, we tried to create a little “nest” effect for the green, glowing magic stone. You can do whatever you want with the paper mache, which is the beauty of it. We let it dry for two days, then spray painted it black.

As for the green “stone,” roll Model Magic into a stone shape (basically a tall ball with a flat bottom). Then, paint it green, and once that paint is dry, paint a layer of Glitterific Plaid Paint. To glue it on, I used hot glue on some parts, but wasn’t sure if it would hold, so used Gorilla Glue as well.

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diy maleficent horns

Maleficent Collar
This was a tricky one, until Jodi mentioned a dog collar. Luckily I have an amazing friend (that’s you, Atlanta), and she dropped off dog collars for me to get creative with. We tried cutting it exactly like Maleficent, but it didn’t maintain it’s dramatic shape as much, so we kept it as is. We lined it with pieces of black duct tape (for color, and to soften it against the skin), and sparkly duct tape. It works great!!

Other props
Find a crow at a local store. They are everywhere this time of year. We found the wings at Michaels. But, we’ve seen them at Amazon, Spirit Halloween and Walmart.

Happy Halloween. Never let your wings get stolen from you. 🙂

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