Remember these costumes from last year?
I made them extra big so that they could wear them for (at least ) 2 years.
What was I thinking?
No kid wants to wear the same costume two years in a row, even if they say they do. And my kids are so fickle with their costume demands that even when I make a new one, they often don't want to wear it when it comes time. Take Mea, for example. She has a whole arsenal of princess costumes. But she wanted a mermaid costume this year. So I, being the pushover that I am, made her one last month:
She hasn't worn in. Ever. And refused to for Halloween. About a week before Halloween she decided that she was going to be a kitty cat.
And Spencer couldn't decide whether to be Darth Vader or Harry Potter. Either way, I wasn't making the mistake of sewing more costumes.
So here's how it turned out. Here's Mea at the church Trunk or Treat with some friends, sporting her thrift kitty cat costume:
Cost rundown: 99 cent pants from the thrift store, shirt from her drawer, foam mask purchased at Michaels for $1 (with pipe-cleaner whiskers added), and a kitty cat tail made from some old fleece and stuffing that I already had, safety-pinned to her pants. I've never made such a ghetto costume in my life. Did she care? Nope. She pretended to be a cat for days.
And here's what Spencer decided to be at the same event:
Cost rundown: I got really lucky and found the mask at the thrift store for 99 cents, and the rest of the costume at the same thrift store (different day) for $2.
I really am not creative enough to decorate our trunk, so I just threw the few decorations we have in the trunk and called it good:
Luckily, when it came to the day of Halloween, Waimea was still happy to be a kitty cat again:
Here's her tail:
(Just so you know, I found that the best way to make a animal tail flexible, but still shapeable, is to insert the stem of some fake flowers (flowers removed, of course), into the middle of the stuffing.)
Spencer, however, decided to be Harry Potter after all. Luckily I had made him a Griffindor scarf weeks ago, just in case ($4 for yarn). A friend of ours loaned us a cape with the Griffindor emblem sewn on. And I made those lovely construction paper glasses literally minutes before they walked out the door:
Anyone want to buy a girls size 4 mermaid costume?