My favorite super hero and wicked spirit!
Yes, we do store bought costumes! Best spent money ever. I still do home made birthday cakes... but costumes overwhelm me a bit and everyone seems delightfully happy with these.
I did do homemade costumes last year and everyone was happy with those too. I guess it just depends. You can scroll the November 05 archives for a picture.
The biggest issue with the idea of handmade costumes is just my selfish type-A personality. One of my kids (feel free to guess which one) has big specific ideas about exactly how things should be. Funny, that's just like me. So, if we try to "collaborate" on a costume, there is a high likelihood that either or both of us becomes quite frustrated. Maybe if I were a different type of mom, I would give her free rein on her own ideas. (Ooops, did I just give away which kid it was?)
And actually, I suspect that as she gets older, she'll be able to handle the complete costume on her own. At this point she is not yet adept at the sewing machine, glue gun or credit card.
I remember making my own costumes when I was a kid. That was before there was a Halloween Superstore on every corner and nearly all the kids at school had some sort of homemade costume incorporating old boxes and lots of tin foil. One year I was a pineapple. I made a "sandwich board" painted yellow that hung over my shoulders. And a head band out of green tulle for the spikey leaves. My mother rolls her eyes when we talk about the year I wanted to be a mummy. We must have had some of the same mother/daughter issues. I remember tearing yards and yards of muslin and wrapping every part of my body. I also remember unraveling all the way around the block during the school parade. Gone are the days of school parade, too. Now they compensate by letting the kids have "pajama day." Apparently, the gory, scary, occult, wicked ways of today's costumes are not appropriate for school.
That's ok. Times change. Mostly I am just thrilled to make fun memories with the kids. Four and seven are delightful ages. They will have a wonderful time trick-or-treating with their dad tonight. He is the biggest kid in the neighborhood -- and the very best dad ever.