I still remember my favorite Halloween costumes from when I was a kid.
One year in grade school, I went as a baby — with a rattle, baby bonnet and even diapers. Then, when I was in high school, I dressed up as Santa Claus.
Luckily for me, my mom was (and still is) very creative and handy with the sewing machine.
Unfortunately for my kids, I’m not quite as handy, but I am pretty creative. I’ve encouraged them to make their own costumes for Halloween rather than wear store bought ones.
Jesse, my 8-year-old daughter, is excited to dress up as a hippie — she’s wearing a tie dye shirt, beads, peace symbol earrings and bell bottom polyester pants. She plans to paint her face with LOVE on one cheek and a peace symbol on the other.
5-year-old Ruby will actually be wearing a store bought costume — but a hand-me-down one to which I’ll be adding some homespun character.
Aside from the environmental and safety issues surrounding Halloween costumes, there’s also the notion that it’s a great holiday for expressing your individuality. It’s hard to be unique when you’re wearing a costume that’s been manufactured in China.
My Strollerderby colleague Sandy Maple also prefers homemade costumes. “And my kid prefers them because store-bought ones look and feel cheap,” she says. “We love making costumes every year together. This year, we are working on a Bellatrix Lestrange costume.”
Meanwhile, Strollerderby’s Madeline Holler says she still has no idea what her kids will be wearing for Halloween. “I’m one of THOSE moms. Big on dreams, late on execution. My poor kids.” I have faith she’ll come up with something brilliant!
If you want some store bought costume ideas, earlier today Carolyn Castiglia wrote about Spirit Halloween’s predictions for the top-selling costumes of 2010. Carolyn’s 5-year-old daughter is going to be wearing an outfit “completely from the Children’s Place and going as a rocker,” said Carolyn. “That way, she can wear it to school, but when she adds the fabulous guitar purse and some makeup – Voila! It’s a costume.”
Meanwhile, for more ideas, check out Babble’s Best Halloween Costumes for Kids 2010.
Do you know what your kids are going to dress up as this year? And do you prefer homemade costumes or the store bought kind? I promise — no judgements here!
photo: Dover Post