It is a decision I seem to struggle with every year: to take the time to make a unique, quality costume, to buy something that is quality but will take a bite out of my wallet, or to just get something cheap and disposable?
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.
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.
I searched for something to purchase for Milly, but there wasn’t anything I just had to have. Often the costumes at pop-up Halloween shops are very limited and chances are a lot of other kids will be wearing them (yes, I like to try and be different if possible). While you can find some decent things online, you never know what the fit will be like and it really is hard to find anything under size 6 months. A witch is a classic, and I knew that I could put something together with pieces I could use again.
I started with this little hat. I did a guest post on a friend’s blog last year with a tutorial that you can find 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.