Wearing the same pair of cardboard wings year after year as a butterfly (and then later, a fairy). I remember covering a cardboard box in dots to magically morph into dice (or the singular "die"). Then later in my college years, inserting the term "sexy" in the ever-popular "Sexy Mechanic" (seriously).
These costumes took creativity, time, effort and at least some sort of thought. I remember looking down on - yet somehow envying those kids (and adults) who actually purchased their Halloween costumes from Target, or that weird pumpkin-thing that shoots up from the State Fair parking lot annually.
They had "real" plasticy costumes with appropriately scaled accessories and I had "fake" weird hodge-podge costumes with flimsy wings. They looked cool, but didn't even have to think about what they were going "to be" the model on the one-size-fits-most package did that for them!
I vowed at a young age to never purchase one of these insanely expensive costumes for myself or my child. I didn't rule out borrowing them (case in point, Jamie's St. Pauli Girl costume cira 2007 and 2008) - but now as I wrestle with the elements involved - I'm wondering what's best - to make, borrow or - gulp - purchase Ingrid's first Halloween costume.
Pros for Purchasing:
- Virtually the same cost - or cheaper - than making your own.
- Ingrid will be bundled and super cute.
- I won't have to craft anything - and then wrangle husband to finish crafting.
- Spending unnecessary dollars on a costume.
- Going to Target/Old Navy/bizarre pop-up Pumpkin Store to actually get one.
- No nasty costume smell (you know what I'm talking about, it smells like you just hung out in Spencer's for hours)
- Additional waste for Mrs. Mother Earth.
Stay tuned for the sure-to-be epic results!