Pros & Cons of Homemade Halloween Costumes (PHOTOS)

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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!

Do you make your kid's Halloween costume?


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Heath... HeatherMazzone

Lmao I guess I'm the first one. I made my daughters costume months ago. She's two and it's a little ghost costume. I'm pretty sure I won't do it again though it was just fun to do once.

aeneva aeneva

My kids choose what they want to be and it usually ends up being a combination of store bought stuff that I modify.  This year though my son's costume is not store bought at all.  His sister is a cat (modified store bought) and he decided to be a cat catcher!  I love to let them use their imaginations and come up with unique costumes and they enjoy being different then all the other ninjas and fairies out there.

Tim Pierce

"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."

Geez, everybody's a critic!

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