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Are you moms ready to chat Halloween costumes?  I know we are still about a month out from the holiday but some of us may have to do some major work and searches to get the right ideas, accessories, and sizes.  It could take us a whole month!

Not to mention online ordering.  We have to have costumes shipped in time to make sure everything is A-okay and in good shape to make for happy trick-or-treaters.

Do you already know what your child aims to dress up as for Halloween?  Do you ever make costumes yourself?

If you find good sites and good online deals selling dress-up gear, please post those.

If you find links with great ideas and costume making guidelines, please add those, too.

Here's a list of 35+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids to get us started.

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Actually we looked yesterday because he was thinking of going as Iron Man. The cheapest I found was at Wal Mart for $17. While cleaning the bedroom yesterday I found the one we bought a couple years ago at Spirit Halloween. Luckily it still fits and he did like it even though it's not Iron Man. It's a grim reaper costume and we have the stick thing he carries. Now to get candy at good deals as we come across it. Still undecided if I am going to do goodie bags for the kids in class this year. We always had to bag it up as a fall treat not Halloween because of some beliefs. Still not happy with everyone bringing religion into the mix with celebrating holidays. Never had issues when I was growing up about it, but it's a new time now so what can you do.
I lucked out this year; he wants to wear last years costume again. It is a skeleton. We made it last year for him to wear. Lucky me. And he's already gotten out the Halloween decorations and has put spider webs all over our front porch.

The Holidays have arrived!
Well my 3 older girls will be doing Thriller again this year this Friday in downtown Lakeland. And little Sophie has heard so much about zombies that she wants to be one like her big sisters so intead of buying 2 costumes for my 9 and 2 yo we will reuse their zombie costumes that we make.

I will repost the First Friday info later but would love to see Polkmoms again at First Friday to see Thriller they will have 2 performances this year since they will have a huge turnout.
A quick dip into the dressing up box is usually all it takes for my kids to find what they want to be. I'm not going to disuade them either - the longer I get away with this the better!
Last year I lucked out and my children choose from the selection they have in their dress-up 'stuff'. This year I won't mind spending a little. I'm taking the two birds with one stone approach. They can get costumes and replenish their stock; a lot of their dress-up collection items are getting too small.

Just because I'm okay with spending a little, I'm still a good deal stickler! I ordered a
Star Wars Shadow Trooper for Ryan. It's on clearance at the online outlet I purchased it from. It also had a coupon code to get an extra 20% off. It ended up being about $14. If interested, the coupon code is - 20extra

I'm still not sure what Lillian wants to be. She dressed up as Lu Lu the Ladybug Girl for storybook character day at school recently. She says she wants to do Lu Lu again. If so, then I'm on easy street. :D
My 3 year old, Charlotte, wants to be Charlotte the spider (from Charlotte's web). So, in that vein, I'm dressing the 1 year old, Mary, up as 'Some Pig.' I think I will go as a farmer to match.

Funny story... Charlotte originally asked if Mary could go as a bug. So that, as she put it, "I can wrap her in my web and eat her up!"

I'll be making the spider costume with black knee high stockings and black clothing. I haven't decided about the pig costume yet though. Any suggestions for an easy homemade one will make this momma happy!
Well Dylan wants to be Lightning McQueen! I've looked online and all the ones I've found are like 45.00. I'm all for making my little man happy but oh my gosh...what were they thinking to price costumes that high. After I picked my self up off the floor, I tried to convince him to be anything else but he's not having it. I hope I can find it cheaper.

On a side note, I've got a really great horse costume if someone wants it. He was a cowboy riding a horse for two years in a row, age 2 and 3 he too big this year. It's a great costume, he even won 2nd place at the halloween festival in Winter Haven.
I'd def start checking consignment shops. The one near me already has tons of costumes to choose from. Maybe you can get lucky or cheap that way. Oh, and Craig's List.

Or if you are the half-way handy type... my friend made her son's McQueen costume last year. Put him in red pants, white shirt, and using black suspenders, hung a box around him that she cut and painted to look kind of like a car. Really, I think, the front shape and the wheels are the most important parts.

Over-wrked Momma said:
Well Dylan wants to be Lightning McQueen! I've looked online and all the ones I've found are like 45.00. I'm all for making my little man happy but oh my gosh...what were they thinking to price costumes that high. After I picked my self up off the floor, I tried to convince him to be anything else but he's not having it. I hope I can find it cheaper.

On a side note, I've got a really great horse costume if someone wants it. He was a cowboy riding a horse for two years in a row, age 2 and 3 he too big this year. It's a great costume, he even won 2nd place at the halloween festival in Winter Haven.
I would definately check out consignment stores and Goodwill Stores. Try going on Yahoo Groups and look for local groups for selling and buying if you don't belong to them already. Check out Craig's List or ebay Classifieds (for local items). I post alot on the local ebay classifieds besides Yahoo groups. If you belong to Facebook, try seeing if friends or family have any costumes they no longer need or want.
To dress Mary up as "some pig" what about some plain pink pajamas with a little squiggly tail you could pin on the pj's and felt ears on a headband?

Jennifer Sabin said:
My 3 year old, Charlotte, wants to be Charlotte the spider (from Charlotte's web). So, in that vein, I'm dressing the 1 year old, Mary, up as 'Some Pig.' I think I will go as a farmer to match.

Funny story... Charlotte originally asked if Mary could go as a bug. So that, as she put it, "I can wrap her in my web and eat her up!"

I'll be making the spider costume with black knee high stockings and black clothing. I haven't decided about the pig costume yet though. Any suggestions for an easy homemade one will make this momma happy!
Originally we talked about all three of us dressing up. We wanted Joey to go as Woody, DH as Buzz and me as Jessie. Hubby wanted to make his own Buzz costume, Joey received the perfect hat as a gift and boots too. I'm on the fence about the whole plan now. I think there will be quite a few Woody's, Buzz's and Jessie's with all I'm seeing in the stores. It's not like Joey picked this out. I've also thought about dressing him up as Stitch. We got him a hat at Disney last winter (on one of those pretty cold days) that's part hat part stuffed toy. If Joey would keep the hat on a pair of blue pj's with some creative extra arms attached so he could be the alien stitch could be cute. DH most recently said though he thought it'd be cute to dress Joey up as Link from the Legend of Zelda games... so we're in a holding pattern trying to make up our mind.
Got an email from Walmart.com and they got costumes for $20 and under. The Iron Man our son was looking at was $19 at the store, but online is $12. Plus shipping is only 97 cents. Hope this helps out someone out there.

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