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The Best Costumes Are the Homemade Ones

Halloween is Monday and, once again, my daughter has waited until the last possible minute to decide if she is going trick-or-treating.  (By the way, is 13 too cool for going door-to-door demanding candy?)  And then there’s the even greater dilemma, if she does go, what is she going dressed as? Oh, the drama.

I’m putting my foot down this year.  If she goes out trick-or-treating, she has to come up with her own costume and it will NOT involve fighting the crowds at the local craft or costume stores this weekend.  Seriously, she can just do what we all did as kids, come up with a costume made of items we already have in the house.

If I wore one of those ready made costumes as a child, I don’t remember it.  There was no Disney store to get the perfect princess costume from.  Not to mention Tigger or Pooh or even one of the 101 Dalmatians. Instead, we wore a sheet and went as a ghost.  I remember one year donning my mother’s long blond wig over the sheet, topping it with a pair of glasses.  Presto, I was Cousin It from the Addam’s Family!  Another year, my friend Kim and I squished ourselves into one of her dad’s extra-large t-shirts and we were a two headed man.  Good times. 🙂

As an adult, I continued to make my own costumes.  In college, my friends and I went as a box of crayons—the costumes all lovingly crafted by me.   Yes, I was supposed to be in Geology Lab, but a Halloween frat party only comes once a year, you know?  After all, the rocks had been around for eons, they’d still be there after Halloween. Alas, we didn’t win the prize for best costume.  We were way too over dressed for that.

After college, a co-worker and I went to our boss’s Halloween party as a pair of blind dates.  A homemade costume consisting of sunglasses, a brown garbage bag and a dowel painted white and red—genius, right?  Apparently not, because we lost to a group who came dressed as the Fruit of the Loom guys—in rented costumes no less! Shame on them! (Disclaimer:  We were not each others date!  We are both straight and married with children. You’re welcome, Mary.)

One year, my siblings and I went to a rock and roll themed Halloween party as DEVO.  Red flower pots on our heads and black jump suits.  Stuff found in the garage.  I don’t remember if we won a prize, but I do recall the hostess dressed as a fabulous Tina Turner.

So this year, my little lovely can go as a mummy or a hobo.  (She actually likes the hobo theme, but she’s considering putting a 21st Century spin on it and going as a character from Occupy Wall Street. :))   I found a list of the top ten easiest costumes to make and both ghost and hobo were on it.  So was a bed bug.  Hmm.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

What are some of your favorite Halloween costumes?  Casey Anthony and Charlie Sheen are popular this year.  Any takers?

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