Monday, October 26, 2015

Thrifty Threads!


This week we welcome TAMMY THERIAULT! She's got the goods for this Halloween!

My earliest memory of thrifty costumes for Halloween was when we moved to El Paso, TX October of 1989. We were in an apartment complex, and Halloween was a few days away. So good ol' Dad put sheets over us, cut a few holes, and we all went with a pillow case in hand to each of our neighbor's doors. Granted, going to an apartment complex is nearly cheating, but who could resist 4 Ghost Girls?!

However, in this old photo, you can clearly see we knew what a good costume was way before 1989. It cut your face, was uncomfortable, and plastic. Heavily plastic.


Now, I don't spend more than $10 per kid on a costume, and I go to the thrift stores to make it happen. I can piece together anything! Or they choose to dive into our big tub full of old costumes. (Great for those rainy days). In fact, check out these thrifty ones from last year!

Scream, Superman, Snow Queen, Ladybug
My kids have never complained especially when I do the whole "$40 for like 2 hours??" gripe. Besides, it's so dark, half the time you can't show off your costume anyways!

In the end, it's not about the expensive costumes, but the free candy you get to chow down while the kids are sleeping! And that is priceless!


QUESTIONS TO THE READER:
1. Are you a thrifty costume buyer?
2. What was your earliest costume memory growing up?
3. Admit it...you cut your face on those dang plastic masks, didn't you?



Tammy's Links

27 comments:

  1. One year I sewed cards to the border of a black skirt and stuck some extra cards in the hatband of a top hat. We drilled holes in dice to make earrings and my daughter was "Lady Luck."

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  2. What a great idea to keep old costumes around. I was thrifty and as my daughter got older had her wear the same costume more than once.

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    1. Exactly! Some of my kids wear old ones, too, but just because their sibling wore it the year before and they've had eyes on it. :)

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  3. We didn't have Trick or Treat in the UK when I was a kid. Went to some Hallowe'en parties as an adult and dressed up.

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  4. I used old costumes a time or two

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  5. I STILL have facial scars from that plastic Cinderella mask I wore in Grade 1 when I was 6.

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  6. Awesome! I'm a thrifty costume buyer too. My son's dog costume came from a secondhand kids' store and cost me $8. And he's been wearing it for like a month straight now. I remember one year when I was a kid, my brother's costume was made from a garbage bag, and mine was a construction paper witch's hat, black clothes, and my face painted green.

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    1. Your son is adorable, Christine!! Love the creativity!

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  7. Smart to do them yourself. Makes it more unique. And I do remember those painful plastic masks. Why did we wear those again?

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  8. I was looking for a picture of when I was blueberry with that terrible plastic mask!!

    great post, tam tam!!

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    1. Hey babe...love me some blueberry plastic masks! Haha

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  9. My daughter is great at making creative costumes for practically no money. My fav part of giving halloween candy away is seeing all the creative costumes. Especially the little guys who can barely hold a bucket.

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    1. Those little kids carrying all that is sooooooo adorable! Agreed!

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    1. yeah that was the costume, the boo berry guy! oops!

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  11. I remember the awful old masks! Those things HURT! And admit it... how many of us cut our tongues trying to stick them out the 1/2 inch mouth hole?

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  12. We're totally creative when it comes to costumes and usually only spend $40 or so (on a family of 6). Mostly, we use what we've collected through the years or alter something we already own.

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  13. I'm so glad we don't have those plastic masks anymore! They were so uncomfortable!

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