DIY Modern Day Dorothy Gale Costume

October 23, 2015

Throw together this last minute Modern Day Dorothy Gale costume in less time than it takes to click your heels together!


Dorothy Gale once said, “There’s no place like home.”  That’s usually where I spend Halloween.  So go the days of trick-or-treating and attending costume parties. These days, you can find me throwing together a Halloween themed meal and listening for little monsters to ring our doorbell for candy.

Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, we’ll probably take Hunter for his weekend run/walk in the park in the morning.  That’s to be followed with a vet appointment for another round of puppy shots.  During his last vet visit, it was encouraged that I bring Hunter in his skeleton costume. While our plans aren’t too exciting, I still wanted to dress up this year.  Since Hunter’s a Cairn Terrier just like Toto, I knew I had to be Dorothy!

The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies.  When I was in elementary school, I remember borrowing my friend’s Dorothy costume. That classic gingham dress and Toto in a basket never made it out for trick-or-treating.  I probably ditched Dorothy to be the Wicked Witch instead (I always did love her!).  

However, I owe it to Dorothy to try again.  So this year, I’ve decided to be a modern version of Dorothy Gale. I’ve been wanting to add a gingham button-down shirt to my wardrobe, so I bought a chambray version that works perfect for this costume!  I even bought myself new, red, classic canvas sneakers.  What girl doesn’t want her very own pair of ruby slippers? 

Here’s what you need to become a Modern Day Dorothy Gale:

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What are you going to be for Halloween this year?


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  • Reply Morgan @ Managing Mommyhood November 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    omg this is too cute. the perfect costume for someone who doesn’t really want to dress up! Thank you for sharing at Share the Wealth Sunday! We hope to see you again this week.

    • Reply Jessica November 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Thanks so much! I hope you had a Happy Halloween!

  • Reply erinconefrey November 7, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    This is absolutely adorable! Great for moms, or for people who work in office settings where elaborate costumes aren’t always appropriate! Saving for next year! 🙂 -Erin at

    • Reply Jessica November 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks so much! I love simple costumes that can basically be pulled from your closet!

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