AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: October 16, 2012 | COMMENTS: 14 Comments
CATEGORIES: Glass City Parent, Holidays,
As I’ve stated before, I’m not exactly a Halloween enthusiast. Some years I’ve been more inspired than others, but usually, I’m old school.
“Go to the box. Find yourself a costume!”
Yes. We actually have a costume box. It’s not exactly like the one my mom had. Mine isn’t made of musty cardboard and has never survived a flood. I’ve actually upgraded to a plastic tub. But just like my mom’s, pieces of costumes are missing, and there’s evidence of moth’s. (I’ve never bought a moth ball in my life.)
I didn’t start out with this half baked “whatever” kind of Halloween attitude. At first I was all gung-ho!
When Drew was in kindergarten I made him a robot costume. Spray paint and duck tape, complete with battery operated Christmas lights punched through the chest. I was proud of that creation. I remember when he came home from school after his parade I drilled him for details. “What did everyone say about your costume? Did they love it?” I was downright giddy when he reported the oohs and ahs. I was so proud. Crown me mother of the year.
Reality set in later that night.
You see, as cute as my blood, sweat and tears efforts turned out to be, apparently robot costumes aren’t great for maximizing trick-or-treating speed. And let’s face it…when it comes right down to it…it’s all about the candy. I knew the costume was screwed when I caught Sean weighing Drew before trick-or-treating began.
Me Sean! Why the hell are you weighing him?
Sean Uh…to see how much he weighs!
Sean I’ll weigh him afterwards with his treat bag. Let’s see how fast he can move and how much candy he can get.
Within minutes of beginning what turned into a foot race, Drew had shed his robot costume in favor of streamlining his candy retrieval speed.
I’m guessing people thought nobody loved him when he showed at their doors. What kind of mother sends their kid trick-or-treating dressed like this?
This is why Halloween 2000, marked the end of my Halloween costume making. We are store bought…all the way baby.
That beings said, our costume box continues to grow. Not only does it include this Disney Peter Pan ensemble…
We still have this Superman get-up…
Eventually we moved onto Pokemon characters…
Poor Batman. He looks like he’s lost his Robin.
One year Drew was obsessed with Harry Potter. I even duck taped Hedwig to his shoulder…or neck. Can’t remember but I’m guessing, based on the look of discomfort on his face, it was his neck.
And then there was the infamous banana. I love that banana.
Honestly, I loved going to the kids’ school Halloween parade. The passion some folks have for this holiday is truly inspiring. I try not to let their spooky over-achieving ways stress me out. Neither should you. I’ve collected a few ideas that might be good for us last minute, Halloween procrastinators to whip up.
Warning…proceed with caution…you may end up inspired.
For more fantabulous ideas, visit Coolest-Homemade-Costumes.com. The inspiration is endless!
Pottery Barn Give Away…
I’d love to hear your most creative Halloween costume ideas. Please share the in the comments box and one of the comments will receive a $50 gift certificate to Pottery Barn….to decorate for Christmas. Winner to be announced in the post on Wednesday, October 24th!