This post may be a little late, but better late than never, right? And it is totally worth it because there are super-cute pictures of my kids at the bottom. Hahaha. So, growing up my Halloween costume was always homemade and almost always last-minute. Several years I went as Dorothy because I had a blue and white dress and red shoes (see above). Several years I went as a princess because what could be easier than putting on my puffiest dress, cutting out a crown from a cereal box, and covering it with aluminum foil? The one homemade costume I remember planning out weeks in advance and putting some real effort into was the die costume. My sister and I went as a pair of dice. We were so clever.
I still got candy every year, just for the record.
And then I grew up and married a designer and “homemade Halloween costume” took on an entirely different meaning. Allow me to introduce Exhibit A:
This is the costume Micah wore the Halloween we were engaged. And the Halloween before that. And a few Halloweens later as well. It deserved to be recycled. It’s awesome. He has officially retired it now, although every year he threatens to get it out again because he has spent the majority of his spare time coming up with really great homemade costumes for the boys and has no time to make one for himself.
I know that as their mother, it is my duty to do the Halloween costume, but it is with great joy that I delegate as much of it as possible to their father. Micah loves Halloween, loves dressing up, and, more than anything else about the holiday, loves building costumes. If it were up to me, I’d have a couple of kids in cardboard and aluminum foil crowns every year. But with Micah in charge, they look really great and they get lots of oohs and ahhs, which is 98% of the fun. He comes up with a plan, I acquire the materials (which usually come from the thrift store on 50%-off day), and he spends several evenings with scissors, thread, and the sewing machine. I am called in to do any “advanced” sewing or hand-stitching. Over the past 4 years, we’ve had some pretty sweet costumes.
The costumes are not only fun to look at, but keep the kids warm for the cold October night. What were the best Halloween costumes you saw? What did you (or your kids) dress up as? What was your favorite costume from your childhood? Feel free to post links