|We carved our 2011 pumpkin in the dark by candlelight!|
Big Girl designs; hubby is the holder of the carving knife...
We've run the gamut of homemade to store-bought costumes in this house, so I decided to put my expertise into a new article for Yahoo Voices! contribute network, which was recently published. You can read all about saving money on Halloween costumes at this link.
Last year, our Halloween celebrations were squashed by the October ice storm here in the Northeast. We lost power and Halloween trick-or-treating was actually canceled by the local authorities. I was glad that I did not spend much on the twins' costumes because we didn't even know if they would wear them at one point during that long week. Big Girl luckily had her school party the week before the holiday, but Halloween week was basically a crisis point in our community; school was canceled and many people were living in emergency shelters. Our Halloween was celebrated in the dark, covered in blankets, because we had no heat and no electricity.
Since the twins are too young to care about what they are wearing, I have put my selfish feelings of wanting to dress them in expensive, adorable costumes aside for the sake of saving money. It's only one night, right? Last year, Bunny Twin was a ladybug, wearing Big Girl's hand-me-down costume. Buddy Twin was a dragon, wearing a special Carter's pant-and-hoodie set my mom found at Costco pretty affordably. And he wore the pants from that outfit (which were a warm fleece) all winter long, stretching our dollars. (And although this above picture doesn't do justice, they still looked really cute!)
Do you plan Halloween costumes early?
Do you shop secondhand, make your own costumes,
buy brand-new or use hand-me-downs?
Share your knowledge in the comments.