This year, Halloween is a non school day. Evidently it is a Teacher inservice. The kids were bummed that they wouldn’t have their normal costume party/parade and junk food fest at school. So, we decided to invite friends over for a “Let Your Light Shine” Costume Party.
I am the Mama who would completely bypass Halloween if I wasn’t overridden by Hubs and the kiddos. They love it. My rule is to keep it nice and clean. We don’t do any gore or nastiness. The kids all have to wear nice costumes and we have to be able to create them from stuff we have or can find easily at second hand shops/garage sales/families closets/etc…
On the costume front, we are going to have a Football player (wearing his uniform)= ZERO cost. A cowgirl, I rounded up a pair of used red boots at Goodwill for a few bucks and a hat for $1, we are adding this to a pair of jeans, white shirt and cord vest already in her closet. A kitty, we have a pair of black pants and a black turtleneck (I thought I would be getting sweats for this costume, guess I don’t have to!), I will be adding a pair of felt ears to a headband and making a tail out of an old maribou boa. Little Critter is going to be a Princess, she will wear her “fancy” dress from last Easter adorned with a wand and tiara. Since we have a house full of girls, there are lots of tiaras around. I will make the wand from a wooden cake dowel and some pretty ribbons. TeenGirl has the best costume of all… it was my grand idea (which I probably stole from somewhere but cannot remember where), I’m not going to tell you in advance. Wait for pictures.
Mommy must come up with a costume. Since I am hosting this kid fest… I doubt I will come out unscathed if I don’t dress up. I’m open to suggestions. Keep our rule in mind… already own, found, recycled or very cheaply obtained at resale shops (though this one is a last resort!). I’m moderately crafty and decent with a sewing machine (but I won’t be whipping out a grand princess gown or anything in the next week). If you give me the suggestion for the costume I actually use, I will send you a fabulous prize of a reusable coffee mug which is burgundy and reads, “Saving the world one cup at a time.” Also included: a package of shade grown, fair trade, organic ground coffee AND a canister of organic, fair trade TEA.
Leave your costume idea in the comments. This one won’t be random, unless I don’t like any of your ideas. Then I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.