I found these little costumes while thrifting on Saturday and scooped them up. (And ran them through the washer and dryer and hand sewed the lining of the green one, which was in disrepair).
I've been having many thoughts about Halloween costumes this year and I find myself shifting away from the model (which I think is most typical) where the parent is highly involved in orchestrating an elaborate costume for the child while the child is mostly passive except to pick what they want to "be." I took a lot of pleasure and pride in sewing complete costumes from patterns during the years that Jacob and Faith were little (and oh how I wish I had saved them!) but that kind of costume making is time consuming and actually pretty expensive once you buy a commercial pattern and fabric and notions for 3 or 4 garments that make up the costume.
So here's what I'm thinking now: why not let the children get more involved in putting together their own costumes from things around the house and from their existing costume suitcase? I might buy them some face paints to make the experience extra-special. I like this because it gives the child more of a sense of being able to mange for themselves and makes the costume selection and creation process a much more creative one. Obviously, they can do more as they grow older, but for now it's mostly a shift in mindset.
And they love these funny thrifted costumes!
Anyone else thinking about Halloween yet?