Ideas for Halloween Costumes
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Get creative with Halloween costumes this year
Here come the holidays again. Halloween is the first of them. So of course the children will want a new fun costume. Usually every year there is a trend, depending on the latest superhero or popular toy. It seemed like there were quite a few vampires out there trick or treating last year.
The decisions are many. Should we get masks, use makeup, a hat or a wig? Should we buy a ready-made costume or make one of our own? Due to our sluggish economy this year more people are on a budget. I expect to see more homemade costumes this year, which is a good thing. It does take a little extra creativity and effort to think up and put together a costume than to go down to the local store and pick one up.
One thing to consider is the weather. Will it be cold or hot, wet or dry? If you live in Hawaii, like we do, it can be pretty hot and wet during Halloween. So light airy costumes are popular. In another part of the USA it could be freezing and snowy, and we do not want the children to get sick. It is advisable to think about what costume will be most comfortable for the locale.
In our neighborhood parents from all over the island drive their children down to trick or treat. They know the street will be blocked off so that the small children will not have to worry about traffic. The treating usually starts just when the sun is going down and continues until the candy runs out, which is usually in a couple of hours. We sit out and watch all the interesting costumes that people come up with. Many of the best ones are homemade.
Our local second hand store is pretty popular as of late, but in particular it comes alive during Halloween time. Clothes that are outdated, torn, stained and just plain ugly can make some great Halloween costumes. You can paint on them, cut them up and re-sew them or stuff them. I remember one of my sons stuffed pillows inside his father’s old clothes and went as a fat man for Halloween. He had a blast and it didn’t cost anything.
You could even make a scarecrow by stuffing some straw to hang out of the arms, legs and neck. I have seen boxes used to make robots covered with aluminum foil with the head and armholes cut out. Halloween is a chance to be whatever you want to be – you can even be a nerd by slicking back your hair, some canvas shoes with a pocket protector and old glasses. The sky is the limit.
If you have any ideas that I haven’t mentioned here, please share it with me. Halloween will be here before you know it. Then we can think about Christmas gift giving.