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Homemade or Store bought Halloween costumes?
Today is Halloween day. Have you prepare your kids Halloween costumes? Do you prefer to handmade them or buy readymade costumes at the store? Do you rent the costumes?
October 31, 2017, 12:10 am
I think we are going with the ready made costumes on rent. There seems to be a lot of rented companies out there. And they rent for the day. Though rent is kind of expensive and it may cost half the price of the costume. And so on that point I'd say that buying costumes or making it is going to consume the time. So on that level it'd be reasonable to see how the homemade may be different for each one of us. I guess each to their own.
October 31, 2017, 5:34 am
thanks for your reply. Renting the costumes is an alternative way to reduce the hassle and ever year you could rent different type of costumes for different theme. Good idea.
November 4, 2017, 5:33 am
I think the renting part is lot better. The reason being you have to regularly give it away and earn more from the rented makes. So it can be a good business strategy. I have seen many people doing it and it works for them.
February 16, 2018, 5:21 am
I do agree with renting of Halloween costumes for one single reason which is the existence of various options to choose from. Home making of your Halloween costume will get boring for you and your family over time but with patronizing of the renting companies, you can always be guaranteed of getting new varieties each Halloween season.
February 15, 2018, 4:23 pm
If I have kids and they need to have costume for halloween, I would go for already made ones. It would be less hassle to buy already made costumes. But if one is tight on budget, then they could just use old clothes for the costume of let us say for example is “white lady”. They could have old white dress then be creative with the make up of their kids and they are ready to go. There are also some tutorials on youtube that they can refer to if they dont have any idea for the make up.
October 31, 2017, 6:07 am
We don't celebrate Halloween in my country but if we were,I would prefer home made costume and the whole family will be involved. I believe it will be great fun and everyone will be looking forward to the big day.
I will prefer I make it myself, at least it will afford me the opportunity of showcasing my creativity and making my own style and pattern and making it look just the way I need it.
November 1, 2017, 6:12 am
Here in our country, we dont pay much on doing holloween party too. However, in school, sometimes kids are having holloween parades. I have a niece who experienced it, and on her first parade, we just bought her a mask. On her secode parade, we put her a make up looking like a vampire
then we use old black clothes for her costume.
November 2, 2017, 6:11 am
Well maybe for me,it depends on the situation. I mean depends on where you will gonna use it. If your in hurry and you need a costume right away,then almost all supermarkets ar having those kinds of costume and all yoi have to do is to buy one. Then if the situations is that,you will have more time to prepare for the costume party you will attend to then making on your own will suffice.
October 31, 2017, 8:28 am
I agree that it is all about the time involved in creating those costumes, I mean someone in a hurry should consider getting one from the supermarket nearby.
December 24, 2017, 3:46 pm
The only way that I'm going to dispose myself to making my own Halloween costume is if it's on a special request by someone special that I make a particular Halloween costume for him or her, then I would have no option but to dedicate myself and time to crafting the costume for that special person in my life.
February 15, 2018, 4:26 pm
Store-bought Halloween costumes for me. There are people out there that are talented and good enough to make their own homemade costumes and look amazing in them. But for me, I just prefer to wear a store-bought Halloween costume because it looks good and you don't have to waste time making one either. Most costumes are pretty cheap as well so it's just better.
October 31, 2017, 12:44 pm
I have made my own costume for Halloween. It took me about three weeks to make this. I looked for various tutorials online to do this. I wanted my costume to my unique. In fact I saw various costumes on Amazon and I was tempted to buy many of them but I didn't. However I bought a costume for my nephew and several decorations online. I love Halloween and this period of the year.
October 31, 2017, 1:46 pm
That's awesome. I tend to buy Halloween costumes because it just is easier for me but if I was actually able to then I may actually make my own costumes. Do you think you could share a picture with us of the costume that you made? It would be quite cool to see what you did. I love Halloween too although my love for it is because of we can eat a lot of chocolate and sweets without feeling too guilty
November 2, 2017, 4:51 pm
We no longer do any kind of costumes or celebration for halloween, and do not even give candy to kids anymore either. Most children do not go house to house like they used to do, and the parents take them to the homes of people they know, so even when we had candy ready, we only had 3-4 trick-or-treaters coming by. Now, we just turn off the lights and don’t even bother with it, and do not have to spend money buying candy that no one eats.
As far as Halloween costumes go, I always liked making my own costume myself, searching for the the right clothes, and transforming myself into a witch or vampire for the evening .
Even after I was a teenager, and way too old to go out on halloween, I enjoyed dressing up and handing out candy to the young kids that stopped by our house, and back then, we had most of the kids in our small town knocking on every door.
I found a long white ball gown at the thrift store, with a full floor-length skirt, added some lacy curtains draped over my shoulders and down my arms, and some dark eye and lip makeup, and Voila !.......I was a vampire . No store-bought costume could have been anywhere near as much fun as making my own costume was.
October 31, 2017, 3:10 pm
I love Halloween, it's so much fun. The best thing about it is the creativity. I make my Halloween costumes at home. That's half of the fun. We start making the costumes about 2 months before.We visit craft shops and choose materials like fabric and accessories.
I have a sewing machine at home. We look on Google for costume ideas. Once we have chosen we embark on making the costume. The whole family is involved in this process so it is a lot of fun.
October 31, 2017, 3:22 pm
During the Halloween period, I saw lots of beautiful costumes and it's interesting reading about those made at home. It's simply a way to show how creative people are when it comes to making such outfits.
December 24, 2017, 3:48 pm
I think it depends a lot on what you value and what you really want... After all, the two options are totally valid. So, in the end, it wouldn't be a question of money, but rather of what is your preference (because money can have limits, but your imagination -
in case you are a creative person
October 31, 2017, 3:26 pm
We tend to do different combinations of this every year, actually. Some years we make them all at home, and some years we purchase all of them--it usually just depends on how busy things are, or other unpredictable circumstances, as to how we go about putting Halloween together. There are times when the kids want to totally make their own costumes, or they have fun making them at school or another event, so they are proud to wear them. This year, I won't be dressing up, but my daughter will, and she is going as a "good witch", a costume she put together herself from various others costumes, like princess outfits, which she had around the house.
October 31, 2017, 3:35 pm
I don't have kids but when it comes to my Halloween costume I appreciate one I made myself more than a store bought one. Everybody can buy something at a store but when you make something it is unique. You can use your creativity and make something interesting that will be personalized.
October 31, 2017, 5:04 pm
I think the best thing about doing a costume from scratch and on its own is all the fun -
and also the flaws, haha
- that is involved in the whole process and after that, the feeling of pleasure at seeing the costume ready to be used.
November 1, 2017, 7:21 pm
It's great to hear that you still make your own costumes even though you don't have ideas. I think a lot of adults are a bit reluctant to make their own when they don't have kids. What you said is true, it's always better to have something that is unique and shows off your creativity. But I think most people go for a store bought costume because they just don't have the time or skill to make their own costume from scratch.
November 3, 2017, 6:34 pm
I think home made costumes is better. Here are my reasons.
If you are buying from a store, you will have to spend a lot of money. However, at home, you can easily create amazing costumes (provided you have skills and you are very creative).
There is no point in spending a lot of money when you are wearing it just for a day or two.
Or maybe you buy it from a store and use it every year until it is beyond repair. In this way, you will save money.
October 31, 2017, 7:17 pm
Having tj skills is one thing that is needed to make Halloween costumes at home. It is going to take more than just trying it to be able to achieve that. Also, we have to consider time as well when we are talking of homemade Halloween costumes, but the good thing, as you tightly pointed out is that it is going to save money unlike when we spend to buy them at the stores.
November 3, 2017, 12:09 pm
As a child, I preferred store bought. First off, my parents had no idea how to make a home made costume. It's fun to do so I guess as an arts and crafts sort of thing. Building a family bond and all. But people are busy, especially parents. Store bought costumes take a lot of pressure off of mom and dad.
October 31, 2017, 10:23 pm
When you're a kid you get fooled by your eyes and you're always drawn to that dark side of the force, haha (it seems that everything is magic). But as we grow we learn how to appreciate the things in a better way, haha.
November 1, 2017, 7:23 pm
I think making Halloween costumes is part of the fun. Just going into a store to buy a costume seems like a shortcut which takes away a lot of the excitement of the festival. Besides, making Halloween costumes is a great opportunity for quality family time together. The way I see it, the family that plays together stays together more closely through thick and thin.
October 31, 2017, 10:35 pm
If the kids demand home made costumes? Then any parent would be kind of foolish not to at least try and oblige. If they can't make one themselves, find a good person in the neighborhood or maybe a freelance tailor who can make one. But if the decision from the children is 'they don't care' or 'it doesn't matter', I think most busy parents opt for store bought. Unless those parents can expertly make costumes. I imagine children who have parents that work on professional Hollywood movie sets or work with musicians and entertainers for a living as professional costume designers, must love Halloween. Their parents could probably produce 3 awesome Halloween costumes easy.
November 10, 2017, 4:06 pm
For me, in making costumes for halloween, I prepare homemade costumes than store bought costumes. I have some reasons why I choose the homemade costumes. First, it only shows how creative you are. You are the one who will decide on what designs you want to do. Second, it is not expensive. You can use the things inside your house to make one costume for halloween. Third is, I want to put an effort to my own costume. Why? It is because I want to show to people that I am a creative person and confident to my homemade costume. Also I encourage them to try at least one homemade costume. It's fun and amazing!
October 31, 2017, 11:37 pm
I think this is probably going to depend on your level of skill when it comes to different types of arts and crafts.
If you're handy with different types of materials and are creative, you can make some wonderful costumes. Cosplay has become a really popular phenomenon, and a lot of cosplayers makes their own costumes at home. Some of the stuff they make is of such high quality and realism that it is on par with something you would find on the set of a professional film. Costumes like that often cannot be bought, and if they can, they would cost a small fortune.
The fact is that not a lot of us are actually this handy or creative though, so if you're not one of these people you're probably best off just buying a decent costume.
November 1, 2017, 3:39 am
We just finished halloween here and my son went out and become Team Fortress 2 scout costume. Since it's just a regular clothe, We just matched his clothes and create the character. Cheap and easy for us. When I was accompanying him on his trick or treat, I saw a boy that is wearing an Optimus prime costume made from cardboard box and when he kneels, he will transform into a truck. Such a nice idea and cheap. However the kid seems to be so tired of always showing off the transformer stage. I suppose when you are creative and has materials readily available, creating your own is such a fun way to do.
November 1, 2017, 3:56 am
When my son was smaller until the age of 7-9 years old we have made the Haloween costume at home, my wife is really good at this. But when he made 10 years old he didn't want to wear a costume made by its mother so we have started to buy him Haloween costumes,
November 1, 2017, 7:21 am
As children grow older, I think their priorities change (sometimes, they changed a lot) and they tend to become more ambitious... Haha. We have to try to control them while we have the strength for it, right? Haha!
November 3, 2017, 5:40 pm
@ Denis P , I would think the more ridiculous and ugly the costume is the better. I don't think witches or a skeleton want to look precise or smart. The best thing about halloween is that you can be as ridiculous as you want. No one judges you for how well sawn your costume is. You can slap on a beard and a hat, put some shoe polish on your teeth and your good to go. I'm afraid to say the more grotesque and horrible your costume is the better it will suit the occasion.
The thing with buying your costume is you limit yourself. The probability that someone else will be wearing the same costume is also quite high. I don't know about you guys, but I pride myself on my uniqueness.
November 1, 2017, 9:12 am
You know, I actually saw pictures of this guy on the internet who took the concept of "ridiculous and ugly" costumes to the extreme! I wish I could find him because I think you'd love his ideas. He basically took famous characters in pop culture such as comic book, video game, and film characters and basically made costumes for them out of normal junk that you would find around the house.
They were so awful and on the extreme end of the "terrible" spectrum that they actually looked amazing.
November 9, 2017, 5:17 am
I agree Denis P. I would probably have loved this. The more ridiculous and outrageous the better! Halloween is about being creative and having fun. I like the fact that he used junk to make the costumes. That's very creative and environmentally friendly. I prefer this to store bought costumes.
Especially if you create costumes with your kids, I think this is the best way, as you establish traditions and get to be with your family. You also teach your kids to learn to use what they have around them, instead of running to the shops. We need to learn to stop wasting resources so that we can preserve the environment for our children and their children's children.
November 9, 2017, 10:35 am
We have to be practical in everything that we do. Making your own Halloween costume can be a cheap way to spend a whole day celebration. You can DIY your costume to your liking.
November 1, 2017, 11:04 am
Homemade would probably the best option for me if I've would only want to join the contest on a nearby neighborhood and if I'm gonna go to a party or a club which a costume is needed then I would totally buy something more scarier or decent. And also, I think it probably depends on the taste of the person if he/she likes homemade or bought.
November 1, 2017, 2:59 pm
I go for a store-bought Halloween costumes and then I'm going to customize it to make it more natural and scarier. I can't make a homemade Halloween costumes as I don't have all the equipment and materials to do everything at my house. It's much better to buy one so you don't need to come up with an idea on what kind of Halloween costumes are you about to wear and it also gives you a lot of ideas on what you should add to make it more lively and scary.
November 2, 2017, 3:38 am
I am a very preoccupied person which I bet you already know my answer. And to add it up, I am the worst person to rely on sewing clothes. I am an artist but that's not my expertise. Spending a few dollars for my kids' happiness is one of the best showcases of love. You support them in celebrating the spirit of Halloween. And I think the best prep for Haloween is to have time for them on that very day.
November 2, 2017, 5:59 am
I agree even though that I make the costumes myself. I think that it's perfectly normal and equally as good if you simply buy them for one of the stores. The most important thing about Halloween is that the kids enjoy it and have fun! The rest is irrelevant.
November 2, 2017, 4:10 pm
I prefer to buy a costume for my kids because i do not know anything about making a costume especially for Halloween themes. The reason also why is that, my child is very picky and choosy on things she wants so i preferably buy than to pretend that i know everything. I know the feeling of creating your own for your child cause this proves and makes you proud of being a mom and in addition you can customize what your child exactly wants to look like with the costume. Everything has disadvantages and advantages in the decisions. I think for sale costumes are for mom's who do not know everything in sewing or had no time to create because of hectic schedules on their jobs.
November 2, 2017, 10:14 am
The majority people in my country actually buy the costumes from different shops. I don't think that we have any proper rental services though perhaps because Halloween isn't nearly as big as in the United States. But still, I think that it's much nicer if you make the costume yourself and that's what I've been doing for the last few years. I always choose what I'll make a few months ahead so I can get everything needed and so that I have enough time. I hate to rush the costume!
Making your own is more time consuming but also more satisfying.
November 2, 2017, 4:08 pm
I prefer to use homemade costumes for Halloween. Let the kids make their own costumes. One of the advantages of making homemade costumes is that you can design and organize your own suit and do what ever you want to make it good. Most of the people nowadays use to buy on market.
November 3, 2017, 2:37 am
I prefer handmade, since i can put whatever i want on it and i can change it whenever i feel like it. If you are in a rush then buying is your only option.
November 5, 2017, 8:13 pm
Though we never celebrate Halloween at my home, I think homemade costumes are nice only if the person making them is good at it and enjoys making them. But nothing feels good like getting yourself a new costume for a special day. So purchased ones are nice too.
November 6, 2017, 8:33 am
Home made Halloween costumes can really be cool. You can customize the outfit and put some additional stuffs to make it look different and realistic. I often make my son costumes that are home made and which he loves it too more than the store bought costumes but sometimes it takes some time and cost much. So we decided to just store the old home made costumes and re use it next time. My second kid never had any home made costumes because we just don't have the time and you can see the difference. People get so amazed with what we made last time than the one we just recently bought. So I would go for a home made costume.
November 7, 2017, 3:32 am
I don't have any kids either, but my little cousins and God-son/daughter, will do perfectly. They always take me into the mess of Halloween, Xmas, Easter, Carnival, and whatever the holiday is. So far, when they like an specific character, usually the outfit needs to be bought, but if it's something common like a policeman, doctor, cowboy, then I help them to get the pieces they need. That's when you thank God, for all the old clothes you didn't know what to do with them. I've done Pocahontas, Minions, Cowboys, ballerinas, doctors, safari/zoo keepers, cats, bunnies and sheep.
November 9, 2017, 12:36 pm
Here in our country, people are just starting to adapt halloween celebrations. I don't actually celebrate halloween even it is becoming a part of the culture of our country. But when it comes to costumes, I would prefer to buy whatever my kids likes as long as it fits to the budget and not too expensive.
November 10, 2017, 9:00 am
There is a certain vibe about something that's been made by the owner, it shows their dedication to the whole celebration. There is nothing wrong with buying your costume, however creating something on your own and showing it in your neighborhood is going to show people that you are creative and can be dedicated to something as well. Also, a lot of people will enjoy something that's unique and not something that literally everyone can buy online, I am not saying that you can't buy unique costumes online, however they won't be original to you, because you didn't make them yourself.
November 11, 2017, 3:39 pm
It all depends. I have always been a fan of doing it yourself costumes because I think they add a hint of originality to the everything. Still, I would definitely buy a costume if I found it was cool or very unique
November 14, 2017, 6:48 am
I would prefer to buy a Halloween costume. But before buying, I will try to look at my closet first. I might see clothes that I can mix and match. If not, then I can just buy then modify it if needed. I take it as a base costume that can be decorated or customized to allow flexibility. I love arts and I love applying such creativity in that costume. I prefer that set up so I can save time as well, rather than doing everything from scratch. I don't even know how to sew in the first place. Another thing I can do to make the costume look more attractive is by adding props and good make up. The whole package should be considered, not just the costume in order to create an overall attractive look.
November 19, 2017, 8:09 am
I have thought, for the past couple years, how great it would be to make my kids' costumes, but I've never done it.
My son was not interested at all in wearing ANY costume at all for his second halloween (his first was just before he turned 2 months old, and I wasn't going to dress him up). This past year, he wore the costume I picked up for him at the thrift store the year before with hopes he would be interested. It was perfect because it kept him warm and it was only $4. My daughter on the other hand seems to have to have store bought costumes. The only part of that I really dislike is the cost.
I never end end up getting around to trying to make anything for the kids for Halloween while there is time. Then as the day gets closer, I think to myself, "Man, do I wish I had actually made something this year. I had a great idea for this year!".
Everything if if the store is the same as what everyone else is going to be dressed as. Maybe if my oldest showed an interest in creating something individual and creative with me for her to wear, I'd be more prone to following through with my ideas.
December 18, 2017, 3:24 pm
We don't celebrate halloween in my country, but if we did I'll prefer to buy already made costume from stores. Imagine the stress of having to sew up a costume dress from the scratch.
On a second thought I think I might buy the already made dress then adjust it by making some few custom sewings to it. That way i can have something a little more different than the usual or normal. I like being different all the time.
December 19, 2017, 7:16 am
I think the homemade costumes are the best. As a kid, I always looked forward to gathering the pieces to make my costume. This way allows you to be really creative and know that no one else will look like you. If you like to stand out and be unique, a homemade costume is the way to go. On the other hand, store bought costumes come in handy for last minute nuts costume parties!
January 3, 2018, 7:06 pm
If you have much time in your hands why not go make your own Halloween costumes. Make them with the kids and your family. It is a great time for you all to have a quality time with each other. It is a good means for you to talk to each other for stronger bonds between you and the kids. Through homemade Halloween costumes, you will be able to customize the costumes based on the likes of the ones who are about to wear them.
On the other hand, if you need to rush and you don't have much time. This is the time when you really need to buy costumes.
February 18, 2018, 12:05 am