- Holidays and Celebrations
Costumes: Homemade vs. Store Bought
Make your own costumes or buy them?
My mom always made my Halloween costumes until she was injured in car accident. The opportunity to buy my costume in a store was so exciting to my 10 year old self. Today, I tend to make my costumes rather than buy them. I like to be resourceful with what I have around the house, but these costumes often involve using some kind of purchased accessory.
So tell me, would you rather make it or buy it?
Can you tell which of these costumes I made and which one I purchased? Wilma was created out of an XXL Men's T-shirt, Twister girl's dress and hat can be found below.
Sometimes the authenticity of a costume can be much better if you have the "official" version, but other times you can get closer to the real thing if you make it yourself. What do you think?
Are Homemade Costumes more authentic?
Weigh in: Homemade Vs. Storebought Costumes - Tell me what you think!
Costumes are meant to have fun, to be silly, to create a new character for yourself. Do you prefer to find a costume at iParty (or similar) or bring out the glue and start creating?
Would you rather create your own costumes, or buy them in the store?
Purchased vs. Homemade Costumes
Sometimes there just isn't time to create homemade costumes, and time is the factor that will frequently drive people to the store.
Do you always follow your preference?
My Purchased Costumes
I may prefer homemade costumes myself, but there have been times when I've decided to purchase a costume. However, in the last 9 years, I have only purchased one complete costume (twister girl). I did find a nurse's dress at a Salvation Army, and then purchased accessories to go along with it, so I suppose that is also technically a purchased costume.
I also own a lot of costume headbands. I have bunny, cat, tiger, angel, devil, Minnie Mouse and many more accessories that will immediately transform a costume.
Is your costume still homemade if you buy some props?
Is your costume still homemade if you buy some props (or use some old ones laying around the house)?
This Target Commercial aired around Halloween in 2010, and it made me extremely sad. I see the beginning of the commercial, and think, "Hey, that Ironman costume is pretty awesome! Great idea to use to use the touch light." Unfortunately, this commercial is aimed to make people want to buy costumes, rather than embrace the originality of the homemade.