I returned home from San Diego very late Monday night and I’ve since been up every night into the wee hours to get Halloween costumes assembled. Figured I might as well use the four-hour time difference to my advantage. Let me tell ya, the mornings have been a bitch!
In my first October as a mom, we were also away on a trip just before Halloween. Upon our return, there were two days before the costume party for our baby group.
Feeling tired and stressed, I said to The Husband, “I could just buy a one… but I always thought I’d be a mom who made all the Halloween costumes.” (Growing up, our costumes were always or self-assembled from odds and ends or made by Mom – I was so sad when I grew out of the black cat.)
Can you guess his response? No, he didn’t give me a permissive nod and tell me it was okay to run out to Old Navy. Instead he said,
“Yeah, I though you would be too.”
So, as per my usual modus operandi, I went a tad overboard. In two intense days and nights, I sewed this monkey costume (even though 6 costumes from a store would have cost less than the material!)
Having learned my lesson, the subsequent costumes over the years have become simpler (and cheaper) but they are still always homemade.
Duct tape on a rain coat and construction paper wrapped around a pop bottle made a favourite Firefighter costume that saw us through a few years.
A borrowed lab coat partnered with a painted plastic milk jug hat and thrift store clothes made Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.
Some years, it was a family affair.
This bed sheet ghost got mixed reviews. I just couldn’t shake the mental comparison with the KKK… yikes!
This week, I’ve cut up the old “KKK ghost” and sewn bones onto a black sweat suit to turn ET into a skeleton.
CJ is again using the thrift store clothes and a wig but I’ve added some new make-up effects to create this brain eating zombie.
My fingers are sore and my eyes are bloodshot but the Mommy appreciation levels are through the roof. So many extra hugs and kisses and so totally worth it!
Any memorable costumes you would like to share?