One of my traditions (insane though it may be) is that I make the kids' their Halloween costumes every single year. It all started when Jessie was 3. The year before she had been a devil, which was a costume that I think my Mom had made (or had someone make) for my brother.
Since then there has been no turning back.
From Raggedy Ann, to a fairy princess, to a Victorian era girl, to a firefighter, a bear and a pirate, I drive myself insane every October making costumes. One year I could not find a football player costume pattern, and that is what Tyler wanted to be. So I had to buy the pieces for that one, and felt so bummed and guilty buying it when I should have made it.
It's certainly not cheaper than buying costumes. I think it's one of those things - someday (hopefully in the far distant future) I will have grandkids that I can pass these costumes onto. Although who knows, by that time they may not know what a Cheerleader or a Football player are.
So yesterday I went to Wal-mart to get fabric, notions, thread and a pattern:
And last night, I got these started on:
The cape is done, I just have the orange dress and witch's hat to go. I did start the dress, and ran out of fabric!
Usually I am organized enough to have them done long before Halloween. But it so happens that this fall we've been busy, and time has slipped away from us. At least they both picked easy patterns for this year!
We'll see how many late nights I have to pull to get them done - hopefully none. One year, Todd was out in Colorado hunting elk, Todd's mom was making Goldilocks and the bears costumes for all the grandkids (Jessie was Goldilocks and the 5 nephews were the bears). We were going trick or treating at their house on Wednesday - she called me Tuesday night at 7:00 with an I'm not going to have Tyler's costume done - he was 6 mo. old. What did I do??? Pulled the bear fur fabric out of my stash, and made him a complete bear costume. Suit, head, mittens and footies. I was up until 2:00 in the morning making that stupid costume. Couldn't be unfair to Tyler now could I and not have a costume for him, right? Todd thought I was insane that time.
I know there will come a time when both kids are too old for a costume made by Mom, but for now......I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.