A Homemade Halloween

Halloween is almost here. That means a mad scramble to make a costume for my kid. I was thinking and writing about this for Parentables last night — how easy it would be to buy a costume off the rack at the grocery store, but I just can’t bring myself to do that; I loved making homemade costumes with my parents. It was a long, drawn-out process that took weeks of planning and meticulous organization, and I don’t want my kids to miss out on that thrill.

Problem is, now I have to scramble to make a witch costume before tomorrow, because A. is supposed to show up at play group in costume. I’ll have to go to the store to buy black Bristol board for a conical hat, gather twigs for a rustic broom, get pins to create a cloak out of a bed sheet, and maybe dust off my old black wig that’s somewhere in the back of the closet. It takes some creativity to make a witch out of household props, and as inconvenient as it is right now, I kind of like the challenge.

My little tiger last year — store-bought second-hand only because he was too little to know the difference!

I’m not so creative with the baby. I bought him a used pumpkin suit at the thrift store — rather fitting, actually, as he’s a bit of a round butterball himself. I tried it on him and he hated it. He tried yanking off the little cap with a green stem, much to the delight of the three-year-old, who thought this was hilarious.

The fact is, I’m okay with buying second-hand costumes for my kids if I find something decent at the thrift store and if they’re under age 3, but those perfectly-put-together, brand-spanking-new, made-in-China, $20 stretchy lookalike suits on the store rack are not my style. They don’t have enough creative investment in them! A good costume requires thought, analysis, handwritten lists, sketches, rooting through closets and dusty boxes, and a collection of possibilities. It can also result in occasional failures and bad Halloweens, but that’s just part of the experience.

I’ll post a picture of our little homemade witch once we’ve done it.

 

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