Homemade Halloween

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?

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4 Responses to “Homemade Halloween”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? October 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    I want to get to a point where we are making out costumes, but right now we buy them. My son is almost 5 and has picked his costume for the last couple of years.

    I love homemade creative costumes!

  2. bee @ willblogforshoes October 28, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    Homemade Halloweens are my favorite. My mom often made our costumes and I loved the fact that mine was different from everyone else’s. Unfortunately, I never learned how to sew. So, every Halloween I’ve been bummed to buy my son’s costume. This year my son wore his Batman pjs (they looked better than all the Batman costumes I came across). We kind of “made” the baby’s costume– basically pinning things to her onesie.

    My mother-in-law just gave me her sewing machine and my goal is to be ready to make next year’s Halloween costumes. I’m so excited!

  3. Adventures In Babywearing October 28, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    I usually have my boys get into our costume bins in the playroom to choose what they’ll be, but also think this is a great time to add to their dress up stuff. This year they are going as Star Wars characters and Gray is a dinosaur. Ivy & I are going to be a butterfly! (I’ll be wearing her in the sling and wearing wings!)


  4. Lindsay Lebresco October 28, 2008 at 11:32 am #

    Sad thing is I have a sewing machine and it pretty much collects dust in our basement. I really need to whip it out at some point- Halloween would certainly be a good time to do that.

    Steph- you make a good point- I always hate buying costumes because I think “Geez- they only wear these things one time and you have to spend how much?!” but if you add them to their collection, they can wear them anytime. They could put on little plays which would be totally cute.

    I always love justifying $$ I spend – this is a great way! (though I still really, really want to try to go homemade next year- that’s my goal!