Happy Halloween!! The time has finally come to reveal our 2016 family costume, as promised!  I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys! It’s…..BACK TO THE FUTURE!

Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Lorraine and the DeLorean made the rounds at a few Halloween parties this weekend and it was a huge hit! While we didn’t win the costume contest for a 3rd year running (I think we were robbed, but that’s okay), people stopped us over and over to say how much they LOVED our costume.

We decided months ago that we’d do Back to the Future as our costume, so when we found a free hot pink Barbie Mustang Power Wheels at a yard sale this summer, we snatched it up. It was perfect to transform into a DeLorean time machine.

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DIY DeLorean Time Machine

Here’s a brief tutorial to show you how we transformed a Barbie car into the DeLorean for our Back to the Future family costume. It was actually much easier than we originally anticipated and only took a few evenings to complete.

The hot pink Barbie Mustang, before we started:

delorean-diy-beforeFirst we primed the whole car (well, everything that you’d be able to see. We didn’t bother painting underneath.) Then we painted it gray.

diy-delorean-primer We made the exhaust system out of cardboard and paint, then spray painted them black. After it was completely dry, we cut out notches and attached them to the back spoiler.


Then we added some finishing touches like the DMC logo, the time machine clock, the flux capacitor, license plate, etc.

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Don’t forget Marty’s skateboard or Doc Brown’s dog, Einstein!


DeLorean Before + After: 

diy-delorean-before    how-to-make-deloreanHope Hope you enjoyed our DIY Back to the Future family costume as much as we did! What did you dress  up as this year? I need some ideas for next year. 😉

Happy Halloween!


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What a cute costume! I love the family effort❤️


Thanks, Kait! The family that dresses up together, stays together…?? 🙂


Oooh I love the entire concept, you all look great and I love how you created the Delorean, super creative! Also hubby’s white wig rocks haha


Thank you! Haha, he is a trooper and helped create the whole thing!


Oh. My. Goodness. This is the BEST family costume I’ve ever seen! SO CUTE!


What a sweet compliment, thank you!! We have fun with it, if you can’t tell. 😉


Aww, what a lovely idea! Great costumes, and you all look super cute! Love it!
Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com


Thank you, Eliza! We try to keep it fun and creative…at least while Everett is little and he has to go along with it. 😉


These are the best Halloween costumes! So fun! Also I love the name of your blog!


Thanks so much, Ellie!! So glad you liked them!


You even went that far with all the details on Delorean! Yaay, you rock!


It’s all in the details! Thanks so much, we had a lot of fun with this one! 🙂


You guys nailed it this year! 10 for creativity!!! You did a fantastic job with the car 🙂 Can’t wait to see next year’s!



Thanks, Katrina! My wheels are already turning for next year. 😉

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