I have a wonderful husband, Mark, and two great kids, Emma, 11, and Nicholas, 7. Halloween is always fun around our house, and we attempt to create a family look each year. It all started back in 2001 when we were a Star Wars family, with our then 10-month-old son Nicholas as Master Yoda.
I try to hand make as much as possible to save on the cost, but it's all about the fun! This year, 2008, we plan to be a group from the storybook Little Red Riding Hood. Emma will be Red, Mark will be the wolf, I will be Grandma and Nicholas will be the wolf in Grandma's clothing. We have most of it together already and look forward to a fun Friday night Halloween this year!
— Lori; Atlanta, Georgia
I met my husband 21 years ago on Halloween. Since then, [it's] my favorite "fun" holiday. We waited almost 10 years before we decided to have children, so they make this holiday even more special.
This year, my husband and I are going, sans the children, to a charity costume party, and I am modifying these costumes for us. I am pretty darn sure that we will be the only ones dressed like this!
— Rowena; Mount Clemens, Michigan
October 1989—Nintendo was new, money was tight, and we couldn't afford the game! Got creative and brought the game to life. My active 4-year-old loved it; the baby just rode along! I used clothes we had for Mario and Luigi—cute and simple, my fave of all time! I'm fun-spirited and silly, even from the beginning. I didn't know how important it would be…no idea what a parenting ride I was embarking on.
See, my oldest has ADHD and my youngest has autism, both diagnosed a few years after this photo. They are 23 and 20 now. I had forgotten the simplicity of how it all began. The photo made me reflect. It speaks volumes—working with what you have, allowing a sense of humor is key too. My kids are different and silly. I embrace and celebrate it; never fought it. They are who they are now—silly, accepted and loved unconditionally.
— Geri; Arlington, Texas
I was a box of Tampax for Halloween 2004. I worked for a start-up marketing company. We were not very p.c. I wanted to be funny, original and shocking without being too gross. I also wanted to make my costume for under $30. I ended up spending about $21 and winning a lot more. First, my husband and I got a dishwasher box, and I painted it blue. Then we cut out a hole for the arms and head, leaving the flaps in tact.
Next, I took two blue poster boards. Using a real box of Tampax, I drew on the poster boards to replicate the front of the real box. Then, I took contact paper and formed a circle, taking off just enough of the sticky part to make a perfect circle. I filled each one with batting. Last, I took the yarn and braided it and tied it to my waist. It kinda hung out of the box all day. My arms were sore from the box, but it was worth winning our office contest!
— Stephanie; Roseville, California
I'm a huge pop culture fan, and since my mom always either sewed or "put together" our costumes growing up, I try not to buy my girls' costumes from the store. My daughter Helen was just over 3 years old last year, and I thought I was done picking out and making her costumes for her due to her forthcoming independence (she had been Princess Leia, Wonder Woman and Annie from my choosing). This was okay since I had my newest daughter Audrey around.
However, Helen saw a Scooby-Doo cartoon, and I had it! Luckily, Helen played along since she got to be Daphne (hardest part was finding a nonpatterned, purple, long-sleeved dress), but my favorite part was putting together my 4-month-old Audrey's Velma costume. I still giggle when I see her hair (made from a foam headband and felt) and her pipe cleaner glasses. Such troopers are my little ones.
— Rachel, Santa Clarita, California
When my son, Grant, was 3, he decided he wanted to be Mr. Peanut for Halloween. My mom and I racked our brains and eventually came up with this. He loved the costume so much, he wore it again last year!
Last year my daughter, Rylee, couldn't decide what she wanted to be so we made her a chicken costume. She loved it! We even used it in a parade for our county fair.
— Renee; Casper, Wyoming
Hello Kitty is my idol. When I was young, our family did not have any money to buy Hello Kitty merchandise, so I was so happy a few years ago when Hello Kitty was brought back by Target. I decided to buy anything and everything Hello Kitty. I have an entire room that is decorated in Hello Kitty, and my classroom where I teach middle school is decorated with Hello Kitty. I thought it only appropriate to be her for Halloween. Try finding an adult costume that is Hello Kitty! So, I made it myself.
— Michelle; Grand Rapids, Michigan
I wanted to do something creative for Halloween and was brainstorming with my older son. I was trying to explain the difference between dressing up as a "thing" and a "person" since I find "thing" costumes more amusing. After throwing out a few suggestions, he suggested McDonald's french fries, and it was perfect! And what better costume for a little brother than a packet of ketchup! The costumes were surprisingly easy to make and a big hit. The problem is that I now have to live up to these standards.
— Kim; Kirkland, Quebec
Like all little boys, RJ was torn between being a "good guy" or a "bad guy" (or a dinosaur) for Halloween. Fortunately for us, First Mate Tigger helped show off The Dread Pirate RJ's softer side.
— Allison; Toledo, Ohio
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