Growing up, my mom made all our our Halloween costumes. Every year, I think about what I can make but more often than not have ended up buying. I think it's always a struggle finding the balance between cost and time... and cost.
Last year, O wanted to be a puppy dog. I figured I could easily build a costume off of a hoodie and sweatpants. That I could find pretty cheap. So we walked into Old Navy and right into their Halloween display. Hmmm... $20 for a super cute (and warm) monkey costume? Or that much for the sweats plus whatever the rest of the materials would cost plus my time. Honestly? I bought the monkey costume but over a year later still kind of wished I had made what he wanted.
This year, E wanted to be a Snow Queen. Complete with cape. I told her we could put it together from most of what we had. Plus some not-too-expensive extras and a handmade cape. She really got into it. The Snow Queen had to have long brown hair, though. And tap shoes.
And I made her a cape. Which was much more expensive than I had planned but which I loved making and which we will have for a long time.
And while she looked nothing like the original costume she spied in a catalog, she loved it. And I will always remember this one.