Everyone knows that Halloween brings treats, excitement and adventure galore, especially for the younger set. Between all the school, community and family parties for kids, though, it can sometimes seem that parents spend more time chauffeuring their young charges to various “spooktacular” events than seems necessary. When you add in the time spent on homemade costumes, as many parents do, the whole Fright Night experience can be pretty exhausting for parents.
One simple way to help yourself out, especially if you have toddlers, is to go ahead and purchase a halloween costume rather than make one at home. First, if you buy a size a little bit too large and hem pants legs, etc. up, you can probably have your child wear the same costume next Halloween. Given that Halloween costumes typically share the same shelf life as Prom and Bridesmaids dresses, it’s not such a bad idea and saves a lot of effort. Your toddler is not going to care nor remember that they wore the same costume two-years running and you probably don’t need to either. In our household, Johnny Pickle is going to be Tigger this year and a little larger version of Tigger next year, that’s all!
Next, it may seem like you’re saving money by making a costume at home but, as an experienced parent in these matters I’m here to tell you it sometimes costs more, a lot more, to make that perfect individualized costume for your child. My twelve-year-old daughter is going as a female version of Magneto from the X-Men movies this year. It’s a great idea that she came up with (yes, she’s a FanGirl!) on her own. However, no such costume really exists. In the past three weeks we have been to Salvation Army, Goodwill, Menard’s, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart and Jewel collecting various accoutrements for her costume. Not to mention the purchases on Ebay…
So, the costume looks awesome but we have spent so much money on it we probably could have bought her pre-madec ostumes for the next five years and spent less. Sometimes you can save money at the same time you’re saving time- shocking, right?
Finally, if you’re really, really into making a costume at home their are a few things you should take into consideration. One, Salvation Army and Goodwill really are the best jumping off points for materials. They’re cheap and usually have a wide variety of items. Second, perhaps save the costume making until your children are old enough to participate in the process, remember it and actually help out. I guarantee that the family that makes costumes together will have more fun than the Mom or Dad who has to do it all by themselves, usually late at night after the kids have gone to sleep. And if you’re really, really looking for a last minute solution check out this fun link http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/last-minute-halloween-costume-ideas-00100000066551/index.html
Here’s to a fun, stress-free and safe Halloween for everyone!