Nov 1, 2010

Anatomy of a Budget Friendly, Semi-Homemade Costume

One of my fondest memories as a child was designing my Halloween costume each year. The process actually went like this: I'd look around the house and in my mother's closet for potential costume material and borrow my mother's make-up for special effects. This was ingenuity at it's best and I wasn't the only one. All of my friends did the same thing and we revel in each other's wardrobe masterpieces all evening as we trick-or-treated. 
Today things are different and mainly store bought. The costumes are perfectly pretty and symmetrical. Scarey costumes are manufactured in a plant rather than being crafted in the garage of one's home using a bottle of ketchup and a ski mask.
Halloween is storybook gorgeous these days but it occurred to me as I walked through the isles of costumes at Target that we mothers might just be getting ripped off. And maybe are kids are too.

My original goal (as you might recall) was to make my children's costumes from things around the house and to avoid sewing. My expectations with a brand new baby might have been just a tad unrealistic, so I took a cue from semi-homemade queen, Sandra Lee, and made the costumes for my crew part homemade, part found-around-the house, and part store-bought. The only fully store-bought costume was for my little flower which I found at Joann's 70% off sale for $7.99. I let the children contribute to their costumes as well, and they included necklaces that they had made earlier this month. My little mermaid decided her pink "Ugg" boots would be the best thing for a mermaid to wear. 

In the comment section below, I'd love to hear your budget-friendly Halloween ideas or memories of a costume from your past. 

Love, Caroline

Greet life with open arms. 

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Rebecca said...

They look very sweet and their costumes are perfect! I bet they had a blast!

angelina la dawn said...

how adorable! my mom always collected play clothes for us as we grew up so we just raided the trunk every year for our costumes. i loved it!

Holyoke Home said...

Darling, darling, darling!

Diana Mieczan said...

The girls look so adorable in their costumes:) You are such a great mom:)
Happy Monday

leigh hewett said...

They look adorable!!!

karen said...

Ahhh look how cute they all look! Great job!

Unknown said...

Love it! I made the boys Jedi costumes with flannel... cost me a whopping 12 bucks for both costumes... score!

Oh, you should totally link up with my post today!

gini webb said...

Great job Mama of Four! don't know how you do it! I also mixed it up this year with half homemade half storebought costumes. Joann's is also my favorite place to hit for costumes on sale!

JMay said...

Aww, what cute costume! Good job :-)

P.S. Your kids are BEAUTIFUL!