Remember When Homemade Costumes Were The Norm? I'm Glad Those Days Are Over
Five days until D-day, or should I say H-day.
Do you have your costumes ready? Not just yours, but the kids as well? Did you take the day off, or at least book off early, or schedule a long lunch so you can see the lame Halloween parade? Every year my BFF swears at me: When did Halloween become a national holiday?
Since I'm not crafty, part of my expense at Halloween is costumes. Yes, we have cobbled things together in the past, but the kids need costumes that wow; not fall apart as they march off to school in the morning.
Remember the time before Halloween warehouses and costume websites? Where you were dependent on your mother's sewing skills to look good? When every costume was an example of how much your mother loved you?
Thank goodness those days are over. Now it's perfectly okay to wear some over-priced piece of flammable material from the party store.
When I was a kid, I once went as a fruit seller. WTH? What does that mean? I wore a kerchief in my hair and had a box filled with plastic fruit. Which obviously was an issue when I was trick or treating as I needed to hold a bag for candy and had to have the Unicef box hanging around my neck creating a red welt of itchiness at my hairline. The box got dropped and I was just a babushka.
The same year my sister went as conjoined twins with her best friend -- after being sewn together in one costume for the entire night, they were no longer BFFs.
An easy way to bring my BFF and I to tears is to mention her attempt at an (Egyptian) mummy. Her mother wound bandages all around her, which immediatly started to unwind as she walked. By about 20 minutes into trick or treating there was just a long, dirty trail of cotton behind her. The fact that her mother is a nurse only made that funnier.
How about you? Impress me with your costume skills. Have you created someting awesome for your kids for Halloween? Have a picture? Now is your chance to show the world your Halloween skills.
MSN Canada wants to know: What was your BEST homemade costume ever? Got a photo? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll feature the best ones in a gallery and on our Facebook page!
Want more chaos? Last year, I wondered how far the Girl Guides and parents would go in support of a transgender child.
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