Holidays always bring a sense of nostalgia for me. Holidays are special times for families and I have great memories of every holiday growing up. As a new[er] mom, I long to create my own traditions and memories- I know most parents do. When it comes to Halloween, most of my memories are centered around the costumes I wore. Probably because the memories come alive in the pictures we have of the many costumes I wore growing up. One of the things my mom always seemed to do (probably despite protests from my brother and I) was to create Homemade Halloween costumes. I honestly don’t know what her motivation was- whether it was the frugality of making your own costume or the originality of having a one-of-a-kind (sometimes embarrassing) costume that was created just for you. Whatever if was, both of these reasons, along with a desire to consume/buy less, motivate me when choosing a costume for my kids.
My husband and I have never been fond of the over-the-counter costumes. Perhaps it was the early days of he and his Hobo brothers or me as a “Can-can” girl (what is that anyway? who cares- I won first prize, apparently!) – whatever it is, it makes us want to create original costumes for our kids. Ah- the idealism of new parenthood. Fast-forward 4 halloweens and 6 costumes later and we’ve had only one homemade costume which was quite honestly, a disaster. (because when you’re son says he wants to be a ghost – a friendly one, not a scary one, you feel the need to make that happen- no matter the bedsheets you have to ruin). So we haven’t been as creative as I’d always hoped- probably because the overdone robots made from tinfoil and cardboard boxes and the butterflies fashioned from a leotard and wings just didn’t seem unique enough – even if they were “homemade.” So in the end, I put too much pressure on myself to come up with something unique or funny or cute, wait too long to ask my mother-in-law to actually sew it or find all the pieces around the house to make it, that I end up at Party City in line with a cellophane boxed costume.
What are your kids being this year? Do you let them pick out their own costume always or just let them have some kind of input? Do you go homemade or just buy something? What’s your Homemade Halloween point of view?