Friday, October 22nd, 2010
A Thought about Homemade and Used Costumes
Watch Target Corporation crap on its customers in 15 seconds.
Target is mocking awesome homemade costumes. So… maybe I’m not what Target has in mind for its ideal customer. I’d never pay $30 for a costume. I would spend $30 building a costume to be proud of, and I’ve failed as a parent if my kid reacts like the kid in that horrible commercial.
And, at the age depicted in the commercial, that kid should have been involved in his costume’s creation and he should be beaming with pride.
For toddlers, I’d absolutely buy a ready-to-wear costume from a thrift store. Such stores are absolutely swimming in used costumes right now. Plus, costumes double as dress-up clothes the rest of the year.
This Halloween, my son will be dressing as a chicken or elephant, whichever costume (we obtained from garage sales) that he’s agreeable to at the moment. My daughter vacillates between wanting to be a vampire (we bought fabric to make a cape) and medieval lady-in-waiting (we already have the dress-up clothes).
My wife? She’s always a witch.
The most expensive costume will be mine as I dress as a spiv. Boy, it took a while to track down that word. I’m shooting for the Hollywood stereotype of a wartime trader of questionable goods, selling wristwatches filling my arms and jewelry lining the interior of my coat. (Side note: you wouldn’t believe what people pay for batches of broken watches on eBay. It’s insane. But, a schmaltzy plaid suit coat runs only $6 at a thrift store.)
We only do trick-or-treating in our immediate neighborhood just to those neighbors who will get a kick out of seeing our kids. Our family tradition is to attend a Halloween festival put on by a local church (no proselytizing involved) where the kids walk a path through a field visiting a dozen venues where skits (Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, fairy tales, etc.) are played out for each group of passing kids.