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Oct 02, 2017 01:44PM ● By Rebecca Seidenspinner

Crafty Costumes for Halloween

I have a confession to make. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes. Not even a little. I wonder if I am the only one in the entire world?  I do, however, LOVE fall and especially pumpkins. I go crazy over pumpkins. The uglier the better. And my favorite part of the pumpkin is the stem. I love a pumpkin even more if it has a twisty stem.  At our trips to the pumpkin patch, I always tell the kids that ugly pumpkins need love, and we proceed to load up the wheelbarrow with pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and textures. I place them perfectly all over my front porch to admire every time I get home. My favorite farm stand and pumpkin patch is Larry’s Produce in Fairfield. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

I’m also one of those people that starts thinking about Halloween costumes early, like when the Christmas decorations are out in the stores and you’re thinking to yourself, “It isn’t even Halloween yet!” If I am going to make any Halloween costumes, I need to give myself plenty of time to get them finished. I don’t know how to sew, but I happen to be super handy with a glue gun. The majority of Halloween costumes I have made in the past were easy and didn’t require any sewing.

Last year, my daughter wanted to be a bubble gum machine for Halloween.  We used a pair of red leggings and a red skirt from her closet. We purchased a white t-shirt for five dollars from Target and red, black, white and grey felt squares from Walmart for 25 cents each along with a few bags of mini pom-poms. I traced a kitchen bowl onto red felt using a sharpie and cut out the circle. I cut out numbers and squares by freehand and it took me a few times to get them right, but there was plenty of felt for mistakes. I used my trusty glue gun to glue each pom-pom to the red circle and then glued the smaller pieces to the shirt. A few pom-poms did fall off at school, but I just glued more on later for trick-or-treating.

I received a last minute invitation to a Halloween party last year and didn’t have much time to come up with a costume. I looked in my closet and came up with something sweet. I had  a yellow dress and a green headband. I bought two squares of green felt at Walmart for 50 cents. I cut out some green leaves and glued them to a toilet paper tube. I then glued the tube to the green headband. The finishing touch was the Dole tag that I took off of the pineapple in my fruit bowl and pinned it to the front of my dress.  The hardest part of this costume was balancing that heavy pineapple crown on my head all night!

Halloween is a spooky time for everyone to dress up and have fun.  One year when I was a little girl, my mom said I could wear anything in her closet, so I dressed up as my mom. This is one of my fondest childhood Halloween memories. If you don’t have time to make a costume and purchase one at the store, don’t feel guilty. Your little witches and wizards, goblins and ghouls will still have the biggest smiles around as they travel from house to house collecting treats. Sending you all wishes for treats and no tricks. Happy Halloween!