I’m so excited to be guest posting today and to be Karen’s first guest poster. Karen has been my very best friend since the early years of college… we won’t talk about how long ago that was..My name is Jennifer and I blog over at All Things Belle. I blog about quilting, sewing, crochet, and my two crazy daughters.. Come on over sometime!
Today I’m here to give you some food for thought on Halloween costumes for your kiddos. It seems like there are two options, right? Stay up late October 30th sewing one or buying one at your local department store. But wait.. there’s more!
First of all there are a couple questions I want you to ask yourself:
1.) Is your kiddo going to want dress up in this costume again?
2.) Is this a costume that you could/would want to share with family or friends later?
3.) Is this a trendy costume that your kiddo may completely lose interest in next week?
4.) Do you enjoy the do-it-yourself creating of a costume?
5.) Do you need to save some money this year?
There are no right or wrong answers. Each year may gave you different answers. Hopefully these questions will help you decide what is best for you.
Last year I decided to sew mermaid costumes for my girls and myself
I had the time and desire to make these.
I knew my eldest daughter would want to be Ariel many more times (she still wears the costume!)
My costume has been borrowed by a dear friend to wear this year.
My baby’s costume is completely sentimental to me.
I bought the Simplicity sewing patterns when they were on sale for $1 and used 50% fabric coupons at Joann’s to purchase the materials to make the costumes.
Totally worth it to me.
I am not making them this year, nor am I going to carry Mommy guilt about it.
We found some amazing Merida costumes at Costco. They were under $20 and better quality than I’ve seen at most department stores.
If you want to make the costumes this year, you have a couple of choices:
*You can purchase a sewing pattern and the necessary materials (keep an eye out for store coupons and weekly deals.. around this time of year there are tons!)
*You can search the generous blog world for the many free tutorials available. A great start would be to search on Pinterest for the desired costume.
*You can make the costume semi-homemade. One year when I was a kiddo, I wanted to be a devil.. I wore a huge red sweatshirt and red leggings.. My parents bought the few accessories – horns, tail, and fork. Easy, quick, and I won a prize for it! Take a look at the basics of the costume and I bet you’ll find lots of ways to make it semi-homemade.
If you want to purchase the costume this year, you have a couple of choices.. but I recommend you do it soon! As I mentioned previously, we purchased our costumes at Costco.. that was in mid-August and it was their second shipment and it was completely sold out in days.
*You can by one on Etsy and help support an artist! Again.. don’t delay. The shops that sell costumes usually have cutoff dates and will be swamped very soon.
*You can buy one Ebay..you can score some amazing deals here if you are savvy.
*You can buy one used.. try Craigslist and your local classifieds
*You can buy one at a department store
Don’t have time to make one, but need to save some money?
Talk to your friends & family! Many of us have a box in the basement with costumes that were worn one time. My cousins and I all at some point wore this black cape (Dracula, witch, etc.. it was fabulous!)
Want another great idea?
Buy your costume for 2013 on November 1st, 2012.
*Amazing* deals are to be had the day after Halloween.. My friends like to tease me about how quickly I plan the next year’s theme, but there is a method to my madness! This is also a great time to stock up on dress up clothes.
I hope you are inspired, excited, and ready to have an amazing Halloween. Thank you for spending this time with me and I would simply love to see your Halloween pictures!