Sunday

hallow-what?

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!

5 comments:

AVT Coach said...

Sounds like you have your priorities in line with your values. I applaud your post. I've been thinking also about all of the holidays and the pressure that comes from consuming. Honey Mommy (see my site for link if you haven't read her blog) posted about finding a nursery with pumpkins where she stopped and took pictures instead of paying for a pumpkin patch. I admired her efforts too. She still got great pictures of her little one.
Great post!

Beth said...

we always had to make our own costumes, so i ended up being dressed in some of the worlds lamest costumes. i will say though, that i had 2 store bought costumes - a pink clown, that i wore from the time that it was too big to the time it was too small, and a vinyl mork (as in mork and mindy) costume that splits down the butt when you sit down. it also had one of those dangerous plastic masks that all but suffocates you too and pulls your hair with the elastic strap. oh, good times. in PA though, the actual costume never much mattered though - i think there was only one year that we didn't have to wear winter coats over our costumes anyway!

i can't wait until next year when costumes will actually fit the boys! for this yar we just got halloween onesies from walmart - pics still to come.

Lisa Lockwood said...

One of my professor's doesn't do store bought costumes either...so his daughter is going as a sushi roll. I thought you would appreciate that.

maryann said...

I always thought homemade costumes were the very best and I always felt a little sad for the kids in the store bought, stamped on, one piece, step in, tie at the back of the neck, K-Mart type. I felt like I was dressing you in love and care and tons of creativity. You guys looked terrific and some where I have pictures to prove it! Today's bought costumes are quite a bit better, especially the plush fabric ones and when you can score a dinosaur for two dollars, well you've just got to love that.

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

I remember growing up that I wore the same costume for years until I grew out of it...I never thought there was anything wrong with that.

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