Pros & Cons of Homemade Halloween Costumes

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Oct 18, 2013 Big Kid
Pros & Cons of Homemade Halloween Costumes

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When it comes to Halloween costumes, there are three kinds of parents: 1. Those cockeyed optimist/crafty types who wouldn't dream of buying their child a disguise from the store and start making detailed plans involving fabric scraps and glue guns months in advance. 2. Those jaded pessimist/not crafty types who wouldn't dream of making their child dress in a poorly patched together get-up of their own making and start shopping for mass-produced superhero outfits months in advance. 3. Those determined realist/crafty under duress types who would really and truly love nothing more than to sew an amazing, original costume for their kids but know their attempts are most likely doomed to at least some degree of failure and start dreading the whole process months in advance. 

Personally, I fall into category #3. 

I honestly wish I could whip up unique, completely homemade costumes for my kids every year, but the last time I tried? Well, let's just say I never, ever want to experience the stress of staying up until 3 a.m. desperately trying to make a cardboard box look like SpongeBob SquarePants on the eve of the big Halloween parade ever again. 

Still, there's both a good and a bad side to making your child's Halloween costume yourself. So check out our list of Pros & Cons before you make the decision to DIY (or not) this time around!


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  • Homemade Costume Con: "I Can't Move!"


    Who hasn't witnessed (or experienced) this classic homemade costume pitfall? Dressing as a pirate ship -- or any equally bulky and difficult to maneuver item/person -- sounds great in theory, but just try trick-or-treating when you can't even fit on anybody's front porch!

  • Homemade Costume Pro: Creative Recycling!


    Got boxes? Not anymore you don't! Sure, cardboard box costumes can sometimes drag kids into "I can't move" territory, but they sure are versatile -- and that's one less box in your recycling bin!

  • Homemade Costume Con: You'll Lose Your Shirt


    Fact: If your kid's from-scratch disguise doesn't require a cardboard box, it WILL require an adult-sized, button-down white shirt. Why? I don't know. Just be prepared to go buy another shirt.

  • Homemade Costume Con: Vision Impairment


    The thing about companies that make Halloween costumes, like, professionally is that usually they remember to do things like make eye holes in masks so kids can see where they're going. Parents? Well, it's not like we don't remember, we just don't always make those holes large enough. Or put them in the right place, per se.

  • Homemade Costume Pro: Kids Can Help!


    Image via Jason Trommetter/Flickr

    As long as you're not too much of a perfectionist (which, in my experience, uber-crafty parents often are), kids can have a blast helping to make their own costume. "Here, you can glue these circles wherever you want!" (Word to the wise: Don't let them use the glue gun. Trust me.)

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