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Creative Halloween Costumes
Some of the funniest—and cheapest—Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen are actually archived in my own family albums, those that my mother has put together over the years. My mom was very creative in helping four kids come up with cheap, interesting Halloween costumes, but her best innovation was the year that she dressed up as a man and my dad as a woman.
Dress up as the Opposite Sex
The most creative things my parents ever did in my eyes was to cross-dress on Halloween. What a couple they made!
There’s my dad, a quiet man, who agreed to put on make-up, wear a wig, don a skirt, and stuff himself to make quite an impressive bosom. And my lovely mother, who put on flannel, pulled back her long hair with my dad's hunting cap, attached hair to her chin and chest, and penciled on a somewhat manly little mustache.
This was funny, funny stuff to a kid. Here we have very cheap costumes, which is appreciated by the adults, of course, in saving money. But what is very appreciative to kids is the parents going all out like Mom and Dad did that year. And can I just say that I adore that look on my dad's face!
Cheap Costumes for Kids
The year of the "cross-dressing," the costumes for us kids weren't quite as creative, perhaps due to my mom having spent so much time on her and my dad. I mean, seriously...I can't imagine my dad sitting for a makeup session. haha. So here we are with my youngest brother in a mere plastic mask as Woody Woodpecker. Not too creative there. My next brother is in a somewhat scary--yet plain plastic--ghost mask. I have on my "Indian" (as we would say back then instead of "Native American" mask. Braided hair and a poncho complete the outfit. Then my older brother has a pirate mask. I do remember when those plastic masks were handy and plentiful, though not so creative.
Creative Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
Now, let’s look at a particular year that we all had creative, extensive homemade Halloween costumes. I grew up in a small town, complete with dirt roads and no Wal-Mart, so we weren’t afraid to walk around the whole town, as we knew every house. So Halloween was a big deal, as the four of us kids made quite a haul.
In this picture, you can see me (the only girl) and my three brothers all decked out in homemade costumes. My older brother, on the left, is cut off a bit, but look at his Lone Ranger eye mask and bright scarf. He probably has on a hat, plus some boots and spurs. Next to him is my other brother, the Ghost, with arm holes cut out, and flour worked into his hair and face, with his eyes highlighted with eye makeup. Once again, I go with the Native American theme. Note the old feed sack that Mom made into my "dress." My dad bought feed at the local general store for his farm animals; one of these sacks became my dress shown here. A totem pole charm hangs on the chain around my neck. Tuck a feather from the farm into my headband, braid my hair, and I'm ready! My youngest brother is dressed up as a "hobo," with the patches (a la Mom!) attached to his shirt, bag of belongings tied up on a stick, and coffee grounds put on his face to make a scraggly beard--with lotion to hold them on.
A Few More Creative Homemade Costumes
A few years later, my mom helped one of my brothers and me come up with another Halloween costume. I had a Kimona that someone had given my mom, so I put that on and my mom did the hair and makeup to become...an Asian girl? My brother may have lacked the green chest, but at least the green face made him “The Incredible Hulk.”
Extravagance has become a part of many Americans' lifestyles, athough the economy of the last few years has forced people to be tighter with their money. This is when creativity and frugality come in handy, as did my mother’s hand in our Halloween costumes when I was a child. Try to be as impressive as she was in coming up with unique costumes!
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