Halloween Costumes

| 10/13/2011 12:20:28 PM

Sarah S HeadshotMy knight in shining armor has finally arrived. It took three days to make the costume but I’m done! (I haven’t told Little Man yet, but I think I’m going to cop out on the shield and sword and borrow them from my brother.) Overall it’s been the most difficult costume to date. I’m hoping the trend doesn’t continue. It’s not even the difficulty of the sewing that’s the problem it’s the hovering-over-my-shoulder-supervision.  

“Momma, what step are you on? Momma, how come you did that? Momma, what are you doing that for? Momma, can I try it on now?”  

“I just got a sleeve stitched together – a sleeve that’s it. No, you can’t try it on.” I was not the picture of grace that I had hoped to be. I remember this being easier when he couldn’t read or use scissors or talk. 

Now it’s “Can I cut this? Can I pull the pins out? Oops I ripped the pattern, sorry, Momma. Can I push the pedal to make it go?” 

“Absolutely not!” I have visions of driving to the emergency room with a sewing machine sitting on my lap and the staff snickering behind a curtain saying, “Why didn’t she just go to the dollar store?” 

It’s a good question. Why don’t I go to the dollar store? I could get on my soap box about mass marketing and lack of ingenuity, but I won’t. (Although those are part of the reason.) The main reason is because my mom made my costumes. My mom hates to sew. She might not use that exact term. (But then again she might.)  

Cindy Murphy
10/16/2011 8:21:27 PM

Homemade costumes are the best! I always thought so, and was pleased to hear my sixteen year old daughter tell that to my ten year old the other day. We were in a Halloween store to pick up a few accessories, and the 10 year old started eyeing a packaged costume, when the sixteen year old piped up and said “Mom can make you something way better than that, and half the fun of Halloween is helping make your own costume!” Then later that week, I heard her tell her guy friend that I always had the best ideas, and therefore, she had the best costumes. Xena: Warrior Princess (try that one without any sewing skills what-so-ever; I don’t sew at all, but am very handy with a glue-gun, and rivets), Road Kill, Dinner (the proverbial head on a silver platter), and a corpse bride were favorites. I was surprised. They remember. I remember too. My brothers and I always had home-made costumes. My aunt was a seamstress, and our cousins were a couple of years older than us. We got hand-me-down costumes my aunt had made, then Mom helped us tweak them to suit our tastes. Witches became bats, and later, black cats. Hobos became (slightly evil) clowns, and princesses became sorcerers. I may have had one or two store-bought costume over the decades as an adult, but I don’t remember what they were. I do remember nearly every costume from my childhood though, and how Mom helped us get them just right. Thanks for stirring up the Halloween pot of good memories, Sarah. I’m sure as you create his costume, you’re creating some good memories for Little Man too…and for yourself!

Nebraska Dave
10/14/2011 4:46:47 PM

Sarah, those spontaneous hugs and (I love you)s make it all worth while. Doesn't it? We always wish life away for our children. If only they could go to the bathroom by them selves, if only they could get themselves dressed, if only, if only, if only. As they get older the physical care becomes less by the social care becomes more time consuming than getting them dressed etc. Then one day after all that work they up and leave home. I've been through it all so I say enjoy every single stage of raising kids. Those are precious memories for both the kids and you. Happy Halloween costume making day.

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