I love Halloween. Always have, always will. I love that it’s fall. I love that there is candy. I love that there are decorations. And I even love costumes. I’m not a big fan of dressing up as an adult, but I do love dressing up my little goblins. I even get a little crafty around Halloween (most likely inspired by my cheapness and obsessive compulsiveness — the thought of shelling out $39.99 for a poorly-made polyester costume and wig that will shed all over my house fills me with dread) and enjoy making costumes for my kids.
So far this Halloween season, I’ve managed to stick to our no-buying pledge pretty well. I’ve purchased no candy (I’ve been known to put away an entire bag of Harvest Blend candy corn in one sitting–so this is no small accomplishment!), no decorations (this is very upsetting to our five year old–she envisioned an entire graveyard scene in our woodsy front yard), and no costume-making stuff. Our daughter decided she just had to be Cleopatra (thank you very much, Halloween Express!) and the-amazing-grandma-BiBi committed herself to making the costume. This task, of course, required purchasing several yards of gold and purple fabric and cording, but it’s still cute and homemade and way better than the catalog version (who knew you could make an ancient Egyptian dress out of a pillow case?). Our son has decided to go as a fan (an entire blog post is required to explain his obsession with and undying love for all fans–I’ll save that for another day). I just put the finishing touches on his cardboard and aluminum foil get-up, complete with a cord for the tail. Pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.
Other than a pumpkin purchase, we’ve almost survived this holiday without buying a thing! What does Halloween inspire you to buy, make or eat?