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Costumes: Homemade vs. Store Bought

Updated on November 29, 2012

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?

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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?

Homemade costumes are far superior

Homemade costumes are far superior

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  • kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

    I love homemade costumes!

  • simplyoasis 6 years ago

    I would have said you made the twister costume, Im surprised it was the other way around, great job!

  • AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

    Make 'em! More fun that way!

  • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    If I have the time, I prefer to make the costumes. The store bought ones are pricey and cheaply made.

  • miaponzo 6 years ago

    I love creating my own costumes!!!! Way more fun, and usually more authentic, too!

  • ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

    I have assembled a huge collection of craft items, and I am always thinking about how something can be transformed into a costume.

I'd rather go shopping to enable my transformation

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  • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

    For me it doesn't really matter that much. In my youth, I did both. I'd probably go to the costume store if I absolutely needed one nowadays.

  • GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

    I can't sew, so shop bought wins hands down for me :)

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?

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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)?

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Yes

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  • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

    Of course.

  • AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

    Sure it is. You're not buying a costume, just an accessory!

  • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    Yes, the main part is still homemade.

  • miaponzo 6 years ago

    Props are ok to buy.. but the overall look is better homemade, in my opinion!

  • ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

    Part of having a homemade costume is being resourceful. This can include incorporating components of old purchased costumes into something new, or finding a way to build an entire costume around a purchased hat.

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Anti-Homemade commercial

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.

What was your favorite Halloween Costume?

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Last time I wore a costume it must have been in the 90s. My mom and I spent the weekend in Galveston for the Dickens Festival. I think my mom had made the capes and stuff as she often created costumes for her theatre work.

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      simplyoasis 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great debate on costumes.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My mother used to make wonderful costumes for us, and when I had kids we put together costumes all the time. On the other hand, there are some fabulous ready-made costumes available these days if one is willing to pay the price. I guess the answer for me is, "It depends."

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I made a furry bear costume when my 1st child was 2. So far 6 of my kids have worn it and the baby will wear it this coming year.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      When I was like 16 I made my own Tweety costume.. that was probably my best ever! :)