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If you’ve been following ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know I hate to shop. Sure, I do it because there are some things that are necessities (food being one of them) but I like to shop quick and get out. With October comes Halloween. Whether you celebrate it or not, you’ll see all those Halloween costumes hanging in stores all over the universe and I have to tell you that they all irritate me to no end. Why, you ask?
Well, for one, I think the store bought costumes are incredibly boring and generic. I mean, do we really need a city full of super heroes or princesses? The marketing and consumerism aspect of many holidays boggles my mind. I also don’t think it’s right that families should feel pressured to buy a Halloween costume or celebrate something that they don’t believe in. After all, everyone should have a choice and a say in the matter, right?
Our family does celebrate Halloween so in recent years, I’ve decided to embrace the creative aspect of this holiday. Now, it wasn’t always this way. When my kid was a lot younger, I purchased those store bought Halloween costumes too but then the weather taught me a very valuable lesson. One year, she was a monkey and sweated buckets and buckets when Halloween weather was unpredictably warm. Another year, she wore a pink dress (can’t remember why) but it was so unexpectedly cold that she had to wear her biggest winter coat with a winter hat, mitts, and boots! Ever since then, I vowed I’d make her Halloween costume and I’d design it in such a way so that she could wear it indoors or outdoors, in cold weather or balmy summer weather.
My design method? Some years, I started off with a giant yard of fabric and other years, I’ve used an adult sized shirt. I then trim it to fit like a smock with ties at the bottoms so I can modify the fit as needed. With a blank canvas, I’m now free to create whatever my kid can think of. One year, she was a tree (leaves and all with a matching hat and brown pants for the tree trunk). This year, I’m working on a different design that’s equally creative and fun.
Sure, this takes more time to make a Halloween costume and no I don’t have great sewing skills. In fact, please do not ask to see my stitching because it would curdle Martha Stewart’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The benefits though, are grand. It’s a time to bond between my daughter and I as we bounce ideas off of each other and she gets to help do some of the sewing too. She also learns that you don’t have to be what the marketers say you should be.
This year, if you celebrate Halloween, why not try something different? Tap into your creative side, brain storm with your child and see what you guys come up with.
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