I tend to start brainstorming several months prior, but we don't often commit until a few weeks before the big night. I have the best intentions of making both my kids' costumes, but I usually end up buying one and making one. It allows me to put 100% into one outfit and my son prefers the instant gratification of store-bought anyway.
Last year was the exception, when I made both of their costumes (in thanks to Xander's love of The Great Pumpkin). A sheet with some tulle-covered holes was hardly any work though.
Xander's costume for trick-or-treating this year has already arrived via Fed Ex, and I'm sewing away on Milly's. If she longs to be what half of all little girls long to be this year, I'm going do my best to make hers a bit different. I've learned felt and fleece are perfect for costume making. They're cheap, warm on a cool night, don't require hemming, and have some give when you're just making things up as you go. While I like to follow rules, I've never liked to follow patterns. Do you have costumes all figured out yet? It's hard to believe Halloween is almost a week away.
If you're still looking for some last minute entertaining ideas, Xander's Friday the 13th birthday party was full of frightfully fun food and decor.
And this post has some quick and easily additions to add some spook to your spaces.
What costumes are you putting together this year?