I attended our elementary school’s annual costume parade, where I saw about 600 kids in costumes, and I didn’t see a “Sexy Big Bird” or a “young pimp” in the bunch. I also went trick-or-treating with my kids last night, and I didn’t see anything other than age-appropriate, adorable kids on a sugar high.
The most grown-up looking costumes I saw were the popular Monster High costumes, but it seemed like every Lagoona Blue and Draculaura costume had been modified…with pants. And that layer wasn’t just because of the cold weather: One of my friends noted on Facebook that her daughter went as Abbey Bominable but “I made her wear pants under the ‘dress’ because it really looked more like a shirt.”
I also saw more home-made costumes this year than I have in the last few years. Is it the economy? Maybe. Lots of families don’t have $60 laying around to buy pre-made costumes and all the accessories. Or is it that we’ve all finally reached breaking point and don’t want to spend that much money on a poorly-made costume that doesn’t even involve much fabric?
I asked my readers to share photos of what their kids were last night, and the results were awesome. I wish I could have included all the photos here, but I could only use the first 25 that I received. Check out these super-creative, warm, comfy, and (mostly) homemade costumes below–and file away the ideas for next year!
What were the best costumes you saw last night?
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