So, another Halloween has come and gone. And I’m just now getting to posting anything about it. But let’s talk costume-sewing. My oldest had, back in August, decided he and his siblings would all be characters from Adventure Time, a cartoon on Cartoon Network that I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to watch while dropping acid. We don’t allow the kids to do that, but somehow they love the show just the same. I pinned, planned, sketched and even bought the fabric. But I just could not muster the motivation to start the costumes, at all. Then one of my sisters offered Ivy an adorable green witch costume she had made a few years back for her daughter. It fit perfectly. One down.
While I continued to procrastinate, my youngest dropped out of the group theme, as well. He wanted to be a superhero. I jumped at this and told him I could *buy* him a costume this year! He had no idea that was even an option. Incredible Hulk was ordered. Two to go.
When my middle son found out that I was offering to actually buy costumes, he gasped and asked if he could be Spiderman.
Then there was one. My oldest was still set on Adventure Time…until his brothers’ costumes arrived via Amazon and he watched them spend the afternoon jumping, crashing, and having a great time as superheros. Within the day, he and I were online ordering an Iron Man costume for him. So I didn’t sew any of my kids’ costumes this year, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. I love making my kids costumes and adding a personal touch to their childhoods, but I don’t think there needs to be guilt associated with not always making everything. Sometimes I think I need to step back and question if I’m doing things for them, or for my own agendas. Am I doing things because it’s really important, or because I feel like it’s expected? It was so nice to let go this year and recognize that it was perfectly fine to take the easy way. Honestly, my oldest would probably have been happier with the original homemade plan. But his brothers were giddy over their store-bought costumes. And all three boys ended up wearing their costumes at any given opportunity this past week.
via my instagram And I have no doubt we’ll be getting our money’s worth out of them over the years of random dress-up, as well. My oldest did end up personalizing his costume a bit. He ditched the mask, deciding he wanted to be Spaceman Spiff, Calvin’s alter ego from the Calvin and Hobbes comics. Once he made the change of characters in his mind, he totally owned the look and embraced things whole-heartedly. We all had an awesome time trick or treating with no costume choice regrets at all. via my instagram I did sew one costume this year, a penguin for my infant nephew. This is the only picture I have of it, taken on my phone just prior to sending it off to my sister. via my instagram But my kids were all decked out in store-bought and others-sewn costumes. And it was perfect. Happy Belated Halloween! *******************************************
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