Halloween costumes are a huge deal for my children. We often have many fun opportunities to wear costumes to events all October long, not to mention Halloween night! By the time September hits, the children are already planning costumes.
This year, I let them know well in advance that Halloween would be a ‘no spend’ holiday for us. Costumes must come from the (huge) dress up box, or be created with items we already had in the house. AND I also mentioned that I didn’t have time to sew costumes this year either.
I knew the younger 3 would have no problem finding many choices, but the older children might require some creativity. I was especially worried about Michael. He dresses up constantly- but his costumes aren’t things I’d like to see him wear out of the house. Many have holes in multiple places, and most are too small. I hoped he would choose a mask or create something with household items!
For weeks, I’d hear them planning crazy, elaborate costumes. I’d cringe, wondering how in the world they’d create such a thing!
Ready to see the really cool way our costumes panned out… without any crafting at all?
When my Grandma cleaned out an old chest recently, she came across this amazing costume she sewed for her daughter (my aunt) for a play. So, Miriam got to wear a 50-year-old Colonial Williamsburg costume, sewn by her great-grandma for her great-aunt. Pretty cool right? And the costume is so beautiful, everyone she passed commented about it!
At my Mom’s house, the children searched though a box of costumes, including several from my childhood. They found the pioneer dress my Grandma made me at around 10 years old. It fits Rebekah beautifully! I did end up surprising her with her own store-bought bonnet, because she so sweetly let her little sister wear the only one we already had. Notice her trusty Crocs.
My worries were over when I received a sponsored post for Avengers costumes! Michael chose The Hulk.
I am really glad I didn’t spend my own money on his costume though. My kids just love dress-up, and they love variety. So he actually wore this costume only on Halloween. For the other 2 costumed events he dug out old, embarrassingly small costumes from the dress up bin instead.
We also found my sister’s Pioneer dress, made by my Grandmother. Peyton could not wait to be ‘an olden day girl’, specifically Carrie from Little House on the Prairie. Again with the Crocs. Both girls have nice boots by the way… but unless I deem it too cold for Crocs, the likelihood is that Crocs are the shoe they choose.
I wasn’t worried at all about Emily’s costume. She had a million choices that fit well, and I usually find at this age the Halloween costume changes daily, if not hourly.
One morning, long before Halloween, she declared that she would be Annie from Little Einstein’s. This was surprising considering all the princess and fancy dress-up clothes she wears daily, and all the characters she loves more. What made her decide Annie I have no idea. But wouldn’t you know, when I pulled out the saved winter clothes in Emily’s size, there was the Annie jumper I made for Rebekah right on top.
What are the chances of her choosing that character- and the costume I made years ago being the exact size she just grew into?? AMAZING!
Jonathan of course has no idea what all the fuss is about. His costume of choice around here is a tutu for dancing with his sisters. But, I figured that might not be the best choice- we get enough comments about our big family, I didn’t want to invite more!
So, we stuffed him into a hand-me-down Ninja Turtle shell and called it good.
He did quickly realize that running to a door meant candy in his bag!