On October 1st my oldest child looked at me and said “only 30 days until Halloween!”. I looked at the calendar and groaned. I’m pretty sure my friend Nicki Woo looked at the calendar and did somersaults in her front yard while trying not to smash her giant spider yard decorations.
Personally I’m not a big fan of Halloween.
Just to be truthful, I’d rather replace that day on the calendar with a better holiday such as National Cheesecake Day where instead of parade around in costumes, we just make (and eat) cheesecakes. Who’s with me?
But… it happens that my kids are huge fans of halloween. Really they’re just big fans of dressing up in costumes and letting people give them insane amounts of candy.
This picture is of the first year we let them dress up for halloween and I made all the costumes.
Let me tell you about how the littlest really felt about dressing up before she found out she learned about the candy perk of halloween:
Let me introduce the next year:
Once again I sewed the costumes for the oldest two but let the littlest wear a princess costume she already had. If you zoom in on the photo you’ll notice that her mouth is pure chocolate from candy.
The next year is when the famous flower pot costume happened. You might have seen it hanging around Pinterest. I was just trying to be cheap and use only supplies from the dollar store but it turned out to be a really cute costume. You can find the tutorial to make your own Flower Pot Costume.
We actually didn’t use it that year or trick & treat because one of our daughters was extremely sick on Halloween.
The year after that she wore the flower pot costume again because she loved it. The girl in blue was a peacock and the girl in pink was a fairy. The big man in the middle was dressed up as a grumpy old man. Oh wait. no. That’s just Mr. Byrd.
This picture is framed in my house. I love it so much.
And finally there were the minions. A yellow minion and a purple minion which actually perfectly suits their personalities. The oldest girl dressed up as a mermaid with a $2 costume we found at a garage sale.
I’m cheap y’all.
But here’s the good news – cheap works well for costumes! You do not have to buy an expensive store bought costume!
Use your imagination and you can have some great costumes!
I think the Flower Pot Costume will always be my favorite one.
Have you started planning this years costumes for your kids yet?
Let’s make them instead of buy them!