With Xander's Friday the 13th birthday coming up this week, my mind is on Halloween and all the creepy that comes with it a bit early. The problem with Halloween costumes is they rarely get worn again. I really love to make things, but when I put money and quite a bit of time into something that only gets used a few hours, I struggle with the idea that it's really worth it.
Milly is definitely looking for some candy in that pumpkin.
Last year I did a bit of both. Xander really wanted to be Super Why. I never thought there would be a costume to purchase, but there was. I knew that it would take a lot of time and effort to make something he would probably not wear again, so for around $25, I couldn't pass this costume up.
He loved it, and we already had some hand-me-down shoes from his older cousin to match.
here. I figured it was something that would fit her this year as well, and it's made a nice little accessory to display on one of the shelves in her room.
I can't believe how little she is!
I purchased the black t-shirt from American Apparel, the tights at a consignment sale, and the shoes are Baby Deer. These were all pieces that became winter staples for her. I made the skirt using some cotton fabric, tulle, elastic for the waist, and 2 types of trim. She actually did wear the skirt a time or two as well.
At the last minute, I really thought she needed a prop of some sort, and a broom made the most sense. I knew if I just went looking for something plastic, she probably wouldn't want to hold it at all, so I decided to try and recreate a plush version. My first thought was the broom in Disney's Fantasia. I gathered some felt and stuffing that I had on hand and got to sewing. It's something that she still plays with today.
I think whether you're making a costume, buying one, or a combination of the two it's important to have fun with it and keep your kids' desires and comfort in mind. This can sometimes be hard for me as a former opera singer. I am just dreaming of the day when Xander wants to be Frankenstein and Milly wants to be a witch: green face, wart and all, and I can bust out my theatre makeup and go crazy!
Do you enjoy making costumes, or do you prefer to purchase? Have your kids made any requests yet this year?