The One Where I – Gasp – Buy Halloween Costumes


Growing up, my mother made all our Halloween costumes. I was a camera while my brother went as a roll of film and my sister was a photograph—a creative set of costumes my mother made from a cardboard box, among other things.

I was a witch (a costume my girls still wear)—3 times! And, I wore several other costumes my mother sewed with love.

My girls? Pick theirs at the store.

We’ve had witches, vampires and ghosts. We’ve had Disney princesses—multiple times! (Including this year, in honor of our October trip to Disney.) And, each time, we have bought their costume at the store.

Every year, I choke on the price tag—times 3—and vow to do something different. But, I don’t. Instead, I buy a costume or find accessories to jazz up something we already have. (My favorite was the year I turned an overpriced ballet costume into Swan Lake Barbie!)

Except, the year I made the mummy.

Stacia as an Unraveling MummyStacia wanted to be a mummy and it was no where to be found. Probably because it’s supposed to be so easy to make yourself that no one in their right mind would buy one. We cut strips from a white sheet and attached them to long underwear or sweatpants. I no longer remember. I only remember the agony of trying to make it work, and the speed with which it began to unravel.

Which worked for her, since she had actually requested to trick-or-treat as an unraveling mummy.

And, t’s the only kind I make…

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  1. Carrie says:

    When I was little my mom always made my dresses. And then I found a hoop skirt at the thrift store one year…I wore that hoop skirt with the same dress for a few years. Sometimes adding wings or a crown. I just said I was an angel, or a princess, or and angel princess. It totally worked.

  2. Amanda J Roy says:

    From way too much experience, buying can be WAY cheaper than making. At least if you are me. Every year, I sew my girls a new costume. Last year, I also added my husband and myself to the list because we like to do a Halloween costume party. Every year, I am amazed at how much I spend. It’s not so much on the fabric, but the details and trim. Both girls this year have decided to be Egyptian Princesses. I am up to over $100 a costume and they will not wear them again. I know, I am nuts!!! But, it is something I like to do and am pretty good at. We do keep them along with all the crazy expensive dance costumes that they wear once. I have done a mermaid and then a genie with a “lamp” for the treat bag that I am most proud of.

  3. Tricia says:

    It’s not a Mom Fail at all!! I’ve bought my kids every single Halloween Costume that they have ever worn. They love getting the catalogs and going through them over and over again until they find just the right one. Then I spend my time figuring out how to get them cheaper!

    I’m not an un-creative mom. Or lazy. I just figure that there are better ways to spend my time. I’ve sewed baby quilts and pasted pictures on poster board. I know I’ve got the skillz…. LOL

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