I’m not the crafty one in my family. My sister gets that award. Not only does she make Halloween costumes with (and for) her kids every year but they’re also really freaking good. I can’t wait to see this year’s masterpieces.
I have crafty aspirations, but my actual craft ability is limited, mostly by time and fear. By time, I mean I procrastinate due to fear. So, this year, Shnook will be a monkey (again) and Fuzz will be a lamb (Shnook’s costume from two years ago). My biggest challenge is that I have to replace the zipper on the lamb costume, which my sister told me is no big whoop. I’m daunted, but I’m going to give it a whirl.
What I lack in actual craft skills, I make up for in ingenuity. My favorite last minute Halloween costume was a thermometer that I pulled together in fifteen minutes for a party in college: Metallic dress, red hat, numbers down my leg- how’s that for fast and clever? Much better than the pregnant teenager I was the year before (also thrown together in short order). I got a lot of ill responses to that one. Perhaps there’s a reason people actually plan these out in advance.
The DIY thing is very appealing to me, and I hope that when the boys get a little bigger and can participate, I’ll be making more costumes with them. For now I’ve thought of a few really fast ones you can throw together a few days before or even the day of Halloween, if you’re a super procrastinator like I am.
One hint: Never underestimate the power of make-up.
Popcorn: Scypax pictures/Flickr