Don't get me wrong we love Halloween. LOVE. IT. But we love it cheaply. The goal is to have a lot of fun putting together a great costume for a cheaply as possible. So we start super early and we hunt for great finds at goodwill stores and through what we already have at home.
Last year Emily's Halloween costume cost us $10. The umbrella we got as a souvenir at the Broadway show so it was luck that she chose to be Mary Poppins. Everything else came from our closet, Goodwill, and her grandmother's closet. Palmer's costume was a little more at $20 because we bought him some fireman rain boots from Target to complete the outfit. He still wears them. In fact this summer it was almost impossible to get him to wear anything else. He LOVED them.
We are still trying to decide what to do for our little man Logan. Bret suggested a monkey or parrot to go with his brother and sister's outfit. I am leaning more towards making him a little pirate too. Bret and I think we can throw together some pirate costumes for ourselves also. So I think we are going to all be pirates.
For Emily's second Halloween she was Raggedy Ann. I made the costume and it is by far my all time favorite costume. She was SOO cute!
The next year was the first (and only) time that I made both kids' costumes. I realized too late that Emily's princess dress that she insisted upon was way over my head with regards to sewing talents. I also realized that she was going to have input on how it should look and that mommy's sewing abilities was not up to par with her expectations. She also insisted on the wig and it was out of control. Palmer's costume was super cute. He was a dinosaur and loved it.
This brings us to last year. Again one our favorites. Besides the fact that mommy was not chugging Red Bulls trying to finish the night before and the fact that it was our least expensive year it was so much fun. To us the most important thing is that the kids have fun. That they feel for one day out of the year that they can be anything they want to. Palmer was so into his fireman costume and Emily loved being Mary Poppins.