yesterday i caught a local news segment about how in these tough economic times, people are having to resort to buying last years' costumes on clearance. people all over the world are hungry, and this is a concern? really?
my family never purchased halloween costumes for any of us, and i don't think we ever thought twice about it. in addition to being expensive, store-bought costumes can be pretty lame, so we always created costumes with items from our drawers and the dress-up chest. my mom added crafty touches, like putting felt ears on a headband so i could be a cat, or hot-gluing cotton balls to a hat so my brother could be a sheep. i remember being a pirate, a cheerleader, where's waldo, and a hippie, and i only had to look to our closets for inspiration.
my intent is not to come down on store bought costumes; we actually purchased a dragon costume (for 2 bucks!) for dylan last year before she was born. i just think it's more than a little ridiculous to feel pressured to buy costumes when cuter, more original looks can be created without spending a penny. no one needs to spend twenty bucks or be an incredible seamstress to have a great costume for halloween. we just need to have a little imagination!