Readers’ Costume and Pumpkin Patch Ideas
Your costume ideas in the newsletter reminded me of something. Last year while walking the aisles in Target looking at the reduced Thanksgiving offerings (this was on Black Friday), my husband saw some leftover Halloween costumes for less than $2.00 each… I have grandsons who live with me who LOVE anything BATMAN, SPIDER MAN, SUPERMAN, you get the idea… We went ahead and got a costume for each of the boys only, instead of saving it for next Halloween, it was part of their Christmas. They love to dress up. It was a perfect gift for them and one they still play with, all for less than $5.00 for the two of them, so think of Halloween costumes as possible gifts for birthdays, Christmas, etc.
I wanted to share how I made my son a Captain Jack Sparrow Costume this year for less than $2. As you probably know, this a popular costume this year and to buy the pre-made costume can be pricey.
I took an old brown suit of my husband’s and cut the pants to fit my son, leaving the ends ragged. An old black t-shirt with the sleeves cut out and cut all the way down the front became a vest. Under the vest, he wore a white dress shirt of mine with the sleeves rolled up.
For the Captain Jack wig, I sewed yarn (previously purchased for another project) to a stretchy headband I had in my makeup drawer, and added beads from a broken necklace. His beard and moustache will be made with eyeliner. To cover the raw ends of the yarn, we will use an old red bandanna.
Finally, we purchased a pirate hat and eye patch at the Dollar Tree. If I had not been inspired by your website, I would have probably gone out and bought another overpriced costume to be worn once.
Just as a basis of comparison, last year I spent over $30 on a Thomas the Tank engine costume that was worn twice. This year, I saved more than $28, and he loves playing in his costume already.
Last year my teenage daughter and six of her friends decided to go as crayons. They got cheap plastic tablecloths at Dollar Tree in different colors, and made their costumes out of them. They used part of the tablecloth to make a point on top of their heads. I lost all my pictures on my computer or I’d send you one. It was so cute, very creative, and super cheap.
Hello again Tawra,
Open to a tip of sorts from a reader? The best way to buy a pumpkin (lol). We went with a homeschool group to a very nice pumpkin patch so of course we got a special rate (lol). For $5 per person we got all the time we wanted to play in the corn pit and the corn maze- also, as long as we wanted, a very nice hay ride and pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Since pumpkins are $4-$8 at the store, I think this was a really good deal. Of course, you can’t put dollar value on the time we spent just enjoying each others’ company.
Thanks guys for sharing these! These are great! Tawra