My kids play dress up
every single day often. They don’t need a holiday to do it. They just need their dress up box of goodies. Half the time they don’t need anything but the clothes on their backs and in their drawers.
I never know what Halloween will bring as far as costumes go, but the years of coordinating family costumes are over. The kids are all old enough to have their own opinions and the freedom to really stretch their imaginations and bring their ideas to life.
My oldest wanted to be a Skeletom (that’s a skeleton phantom) dressed in head-to-toe black. He used some dress slacks from his closet, the witch gown his sister wore last year, a black cape and skeleton gloves from the dress up box, and some black cowboy boots he received for Christmas. We used makeup that was left over from last year and voila! Skeletom.
Up until the moment of no changing minds allowed, my youngest wanted to be a catty, or a doggy, or a catty, or a doggy. She changed her mind when she found a Dorothy costume in the dress up box, a hand me down costume from a good friend, and her siblings told her Dorothy has her own pet doggy. The sparkly ruby red shoes were fished out of a Goodwill bag that I thankfully had lagged on donating. I braided her hair, found a cute little basket (which will double as her trick or treat bag), and she chose her little Alaskan Husky stuffed animal as the closest thing we have to Toto. Bam! Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
My two middles, who always seem to be at odds lately, surprised me this year by wanting to be the exact same thing…ghosts! So we hit up the nearest second-hand store for sheets, but as much as we’d all like to believe that you can just cut two holes in a sheet and be done, I’m here to tell you, it just doesn’t work that way. These were labor-intensive! There’s a trick to making it so they could actually see and I came pretty close to figuring it out. For one, I made the costume a 2-piece so they could remove the pillow case hood when eating or wanting to see better. I also sewed them to fit the top of their heads a little tighter which really helped keep the eye holes in place.
As far as homeschooling lessons go, my kids learned to be resourceful, frugal, and creative. They also had a great role-model for problem-solving in the form of a mama who wishes she knew how to sew better, but it was while sewing that I realized something important.
I’ve been pretty busy lately chasing my dreams, trying to balance many at a time, wondering when and which one/s will come true. But long before I had children, I dreamed of becoming a mom and doing things like sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes. It hit me while sewing late one night that I am living that dream and I couldn’t be happier.
Skeletom = $0.00
Dorothy = $0.00
2 Ghosts = $8.00
Staying up til midnight sewing costumes = Priceless