Make Mother-Daughter Not-So-Spooky Kicks for Halloween

These are not your average mother-daughter matching holiday shoes.

Halloween may still be four weeks away, but who agrees that all of October should be open season to play dress up? One day of dressing up is just never enough. I still have to get down to business sewing my 2 1/2 year old’s costume for the actual big day — we’re flip-flopping between a dinosaur and Little Red Riding Hood. This mommy’s sewing skills aren’t exactly up to T-Rex snuff, so it’s a pretty solid bet she’ll be rocking a red cape. Costume debate aside, our daughter was already chomping at the bit to get in the Halloween spirit.

Enter Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and their #spookyspaces project. I was a little overrun with ideas (Witches! Bats! Pumpkins! Broomsticks! Cauldrons!), but when I really thought about it, I wanted to make something that we could wear the whole month to get properly excited about Halloween.

Yes, you see ribbon in this picture. It did not make the final cut — too fancy for this simple-is-better girl. But I may dress up our laces later with some skinny ribbon.

Lately, I’ve been loving the revival of the classic Keds-style shoes, and I thought maybe I could take a couple pairs of plain-Jane white canvas sneakers and spook them up a bit. For my daughter’s pair, I splurged on the real-deal Keds. For my own pair, I made a quick dash to Target and grabbed a pair of $15 kicks. Then I ran over to my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and made a mad dash for the acrylic craft paint section. I picked up Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black, Carrot and Pollen. I had a Uni-Ball Signio pen in White from my last craft binge at the same store, which meant I had all of my project supplies in hand. Easy-peasey. Now it was time to get my spook on.

I started out making the Candy Corn Keds. First, I marked off three sections with a pencil.

Then I used a flat craft paint brush to paint in the yellow and orange. I left the white at the toe untouched to serve as the tippy top of the candy corn.

Seriously, it took me all of 20 minutes to finish both. I love that the look is understated, but totally hip and a little hilarious. From the front, they just look like orange Keds with the white rubber toe. Then you get the side view and BAM! Cue the candy corn cravings.

Next up: my Black Widow Kicks. I painted the entire canvas surface a super pigmented black.

While they dried, I did some spiderweb practice drawings and finalized where I wanted my design to be placed. Once the black paint was completely dry, I drew a spiderweb design on the toe.

I debated about adding a spider, but decided I wanted to keep it simple. And OK, OK — because I thought there was a pretty high likelihood that I would screw up the whole thing by trying to push my drawing skills too far with a spider.

The best part is that since candy corn is pretty much a hallmark of fall, my daughter can wear her kicks until the first snow. And I’ll rock my spooksters all year round. They’re just that cool. Happy Halloween, y’all!

For more spooktacular Halloween crafts and costumes, check out the photo galleries below!

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