We are halfway through the month of October, which means Halloween is just around the corner! Every grocery store, superstore and retail shop has had Halloween costumes lined up for what seems like months (all absurdly overpriced if you ask me - unless you hit up the ol’ Goodwill!). To be completely honest with you, I have never really been a huge fan of the holiday. I could definitely get on board with the chocolate collecting, but I am not a scary movie fanatic, absolutely loath creepy crawly things like spiders entirely, and hate spending money on costumes that are worn for a few hours and then shoved in a box for the rest of the year. Not to mention the fact that dressing up isn’t nearly as fun as it was when I was 8 or 9. That being said, Halloween this year has surprisingly brought out in me a child-like excitement knowing that for Henry the traditions of dressing up and trick-or-treating has only just begun...
If you don’t know me at all, I am a big fan of simple. When it comes to dressing up there is no exception. With a little bit of brain storming and some pre-planning I feel like most Halloween costumes can be made, borrowed or potentially even found in your own closet. Call me old fashioned, but when did cutting a couple of eye holes in an old sheet (that has maybe seen better days) and throwing it over your head go out of style? I mean, I don’t think I’ve seen a costume that simple in years.
So back to dressing up my one year old… Seeing as though Henry has an obsession with his puppy dog, developed a full head of blonde locks, and loves pumpkins, we thought it only appropriate to dress him up as Charlie Brown. The costume consists of a yellow long-sleeved t-shirt that we picked up from Walmart (or Wally-World if you’re my husband…), a simple stencil to trace and paint the black stripe on his shirt, a pair of black pants and some comfy shoes (that he already owned) . I ordered his little Snoopy friend off Amazon - and that’s it! This simple, comfy costume probably came to a grand total of $18 or less!
So, before you go spending a fortune on your little one’s Halloween costumes, raid your closets and think simple because sometimes that is the easiest yet most effective way to be.