However, I didn't want to force my daughter to be Charmander again, so I asked her who she wanted to be. If she wanted to be a character from XY (she said Bonnie at first), then I would have coordinated our family costumes around that. Luckily she chose Bulbasaur, so we stuck with the Indigo League theme. (See Why Pokemon XY is Better Than Indigo League for more geeky info on that).
The good news was that I only had to make one Halloween costume this year!
The bad news was that it was Bulbasaur:
This entire project was me figuring it out as I went, so this isn't a tutorial.
I started with a garage sale backpack that the kids do not use or love and green fabric.
Added some leafy stuff.
The casing reminded me of a green jester hat halfway through.
I used our Charmander hat as a rough estimate for the Bulbasaur hat. The one pictured below was too dark, so I ended up making another one from teal fabric.
I'll admit, I am proud of this costumed. I think his face looks more authentic than the Pikachu and Charmander hats we bought from a costume store.
Here's our group costume for Halloween.
And a shot of Bulbasaur from the back Trick-or-Treating.
My favorite part of the night were the kids (all boys incidentally) who recognized Bulbasaur.