Halloween is where it all begins, I say. It’s how I start my pace and enthusiasm for the season ahead. I know by the start how I’ll tackle holiday season–two steps forward or a pace back, neither are wrong. I can check the tick of my own holiday energy by how I handle Halloween costumes (or don’t). This is not to say that I am the kind of woman and mother who spends days sewing and stitching. When my own pulse is right, I am the kind of mother that gathers what is at home and creates out of what already exists.
This Halloween, my efforts to gather and create where first shifted by River and Oak wanting to be a family of superheroes, instead of a family from a book, like we had decided last year. Later, despite my efforts to create the hero costumes out of what we already owned, Oak politely refused a black Uniqlo shirt and black pants with a felted yellow bat, that would, of course, make him Batman. He wanted the costume with pecs and arm muscles, and he left no room to argue. River, on the other hand, grew excited at the thought of black tights, a black shirt, and a black skirt (with pockets!) that she could wear past the holidays. I’d buy a witch’s hat and added tulle from a dear friend’s scrap fabric collection. For costume two, I ordered a white hoodie she could re-wear when she is done being Spider Gwen (will show finished results on Instagram later this week).
While I feel I missed the window of totally non-commercial Halloweens, I also think there is beauty in giving kids what they totally want, even if it’s not what you want. Oak and I agreed that we will reuse a costume from years past for next year, or go full-on creative. A reader suggested, checking the stoops and free groups for costumes right after Halloween when local people get ready to toss them. That way, we’ll have new (free) costumes for next year.
If you’re looking to make a fanc(ier) witch at the last minute, here’s what you’ll need:
+ Tulle (ask a friend, check Craigslist, or any fabric store)
+ Black satin, silk, jersey (or anything) to be cut for a cape
Parts of the look you can re-use or already have:
+ a black skirt
+ black shirt
+ black HeatTech leggings to wear when it gets later at night and you’re still trick-or-treating
+ a belt to attach the the tulle to the skirt (as to not damage the skirt)
How do you feel about store-bought and creative costumes?