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#Microblog Mondays 114: Reusing Costumes

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It’s Halloween tonight, and the kids are going in the same costumes they used last year.  Which are also the same costumes they used for Purim.  Which may very well be the costumes they end up using this upcoming Purim.

It has been a busy month.  Halloween sort of slipped through my fingers.

I actually like making them costumes, especially seeing their faces when they’re dressed up as their favourite characters.  So I feel strange that their costume doesn’t really reflect their current interests.  If we had more time, I think the ChickieNob would want to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Wolvog would want to be a character from Overwatch.

If I had more time, I would want Josh and I to go as Ember and Umber from The Magicians.  (Not that he would ever agree to this.)

Costume that best shows what you’re into right now?


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1 Nabanita { 10.31.16 at 5:59 am }

Well, I’d be Eleven from Stranger Things, I guess ?

2 Beth { 10.31.16 at 6:08 am }

I’d be Alex from Quantico, I suppose. This is hard – I feel like I’ve lost myself lately. My daughters are a baby doll and a dinosaur, though, and I made those costumes so I’m feeling really good that they get to be exactly who they want to be for the day. Happy Halloween!

3 Karen { 10.31.16 at 7:02 am }

Owen is reusing his costume – going as the same football player as last year. He’s still into football, though, so I suppose it’s a current interest.

I would be Angelica Schuyler from Hamilton for Halloween.

4 Wendy English { 10.31.16 at 8:34 am }

As an 8th grader it’s all about doing a group costume. My daughter is not thrilled about the animal theme and is really not thrilled that she was basically told she’d be a bunny. The good news is her field hockey team is doing a costume practice and she likes what she’s wearing to that. Happy Halloween everyone! If I were to dress up I love what I saw on the TV show Modern Family. June Cleaver – dress up like a 50’s housewife with a fake cleaver and blood on you head.

5 Modern Gypsy { 10.31.16 at 8:39 am }

I’d be Scarlett OHara from Gone With the Wind ๐Ÿ˜‰

6 torthuil { 10.31.16 at 8:56 am }

I wish I had a costume to reuse! Between my daughter’s birthday and chores for the weekend I didn’t even think about a costume till 11pm last night. I was not getting out of bed at that point! I must have some wigs somewhere from years past but no idea where. I think I’ll wear a green shirt and brown pants and if I can find some felt in my classroom I’ll go as a tree. LOL

7 Ashley { 10.31.16 at 10:25 am }

My eldest son is going as a Greek god. I was annoyed that his was the most expensive costume until a Facebook meme put it into perspective for me – would I rather my teenager be out trick-or-treating or getting into trouble at an unsupervised party? So, Greek god it is! Replete with gold sandals, gold bracelet and a self-customized gold sash (he spray painted it) toga.

The little guy is going as an FBI agent, if I can get him to wear the vest, neck tie and I won’t push it with the ear piece. This costume was chosen when he decided to leave tooth marks on the badge while I was trying to help my oldest select his garb.

My daughter was the easiest. Early on she decided she wanted to be a witch. She was most excited about the broom but got upset when I wouldn’t buy the expensive fake nose. We compromised on green face paint and I know she will be excited to get dressed up after dinner tonight.

I usually dress up with the kids. Last year I borrowed some of my mom’s scrubs and went as a nurse. This year I’m going as a soccer mom because this means I can wear sneakers, yoga pants, and not have to worry about it. Sort of a cop out, I know, but the Greek god used my share of the Halloween budget.

Everyone who is going out to night, stay safe and have fun!

8 Cristy { 10.31.16 at 10:27 am }

Been focusing on the Beats this year, so a train engineer (Thomas inspired) and all things involving fairy wings and kitty (fairy kitty cat?) is the focus. In the meantime, I’ll be recycling with witch hat.

9 Traci York { 10.31.16 at 11:15 am }

I hear you on the month flying by. If I were heading to a Halloween party as a character from one of my favorite shows, I’d definitely do Agent Peggy Carter (while technically they cancelled the series, she’s still popping up in the Marvel Universe). I also love the idea of Amber & Umber. Happy Halloween!

10 Symanntha Renn { 10.31.16 at 11:31 am }

I really wanted to be Joy from _Inside Out_ last year, and I had hoped to be her this year, but that costume still does not exist. You have to make it on your own, and I don’t sew.

11 Ana { 10.31.16 at 12:14 pm }

What do I want to be? Weirdly I never really thought about that, because I just tie something into my kids’ theme. Last year they did lego movie and I was WIldStyle. This year they are all star wars so I borrowed a Leia headband and some star wars-y looking white outfit. If I was going on my own, I honestly don’t know what I’d go as! Something literary and enigmatic?

12 Jen@FrugalSteppingStones { 10.31.16 at 1:00 pm }

I’ve been reading the Little House on the Prairie series to my daughter and it has renewed my 5th grade desire to wear period clothing. If I had time and skill, I would do a full Regency Jane Austen-style costume (and visit the Jane Austen Festival in Bath) or do a full 19th century pioneer gown with shawl and sunbonnet.

13 Chris { 10.31.16 at 2:00 pm }

No idea. I’ve always loathed dressing up in costume. Truly. Even as a child. In fact, I pretty much didn’t do it until middle school when it got us out of PE! LOL I do dress up now as an adult for my BFF’s mom’s annual Halloween party, but that’s whatever looks like it won’t be horribly unflattering. Seriously that’s my criteria. I never went trick or treating and never enjoyed dressing up, and still don’t. I will be sitting in my house with the lights off. ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.31.16 at 6:04 pm }

I’d be Helena from Orphan Black. Broken and bada$$.

15 Risa { 10.31.16 at 6:11 pm }

So funny, because I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was a child. I’m not creative enough. So… I’d dress up with a skin cap, and walk around with a beaker and a bag of blue sugar candy… because I’m binge-watching Breaking Bad again on Netflix…

16 Journeywoman { 10.31.16 at 8:53 pm }

Eve Dallas from the In Death series.

There was a kid who showed up as Alex from A Clockwork Orange and she was so thrilled that I knew who she was! Literary Geeks Unite!

17 JeanMarie { 10.31.16 at 9:10 pm }

I like designing a costume from things found at Salvation Army but this year, I made a cardboard mask of one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved Long Horns as a 3d sculpture that I will wear on my chest since the eyes do not synch up to wear on my face.

Happy Tick or Treaty everyone!

18 Tina { 10.31.16 at 10:35 pm }

I think it’s okay to reuse costumes sometimes. I like all these dress up and makeup stuffs. I would go in as some zombie fairy maybe

19 Middle Girl { 11.01.16 at 1:15 am }

With all the furry pets hanging off me all the time (or so it seems) I’d make a purr fect hairball. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Amber { 11.01.16 at 4:58 pm }

I was just sitting down to do my #MicroblogMonday post, only to realize that it’s actually Tuesday! I’m all sorts of messed up this week! My kids wore their costumes all week to various Halloween events and loved every minute of it! They were Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol. I haven’t dressed up myself in years. Like Risa, I don’t feel like I’m creative enough. I have no idea what I’d be!

21 Brid { 11.02.16 at 10:09 am }

Jack was the puppy monkey baby and it was awesome! I was going to be John Oliver, but I forgot to get my hair cut in time ๐Ÿ™ … I’m usually the downer who doesn’t get dressed up.

22 Charlotte { 11.02.16 at 2:19 pm }

I used to dress up, but it really became a chore trying to help get dinner ready, everyone fed, and kids ready along with myself, especially once they started wearing costumes that required makeup and such. I was Phantom of the Opera several years ago, and have been a witch and Sally from Nightmare before Christmas before that.
I have every costume my kids have worn saved in case we can reuse it or any pieces of them. Funny, when my oldest was small, my parents bought her the deluxe princess costumes from the Disney store every year, the ones that were like $100 with all the extras. My second daughter only wore a couple of them and then refused after that. I have a homemade jester clown costume my mom made for me when I was little (she used to handmade ALL of our costumes every year, including a pink care bear that had a real professional costume head that was life size!) that has held up so all my kids have been that when they were 2-3. It totally looks dated with the felt hat and jester collar but it’s also freaking adorable.
Id probably be Phantom again. It was easy and it has long been my fav.

23 Cyn K { 11.02.16 at 5:22 pm }

Two days later and I still have no answer to your question. One, because I hate costumes. I mean, I don’t hate that other people wear them. Others seem more comfortable and creative when it comes to costumes. So, I have a hard time imagining myself dressed up.
Two, I’m not sure what my latest obsession is. Maybe “Hamilton”? I mean, that’s a pretty good choice for an obsession. Not sure if I could pull off the costumes.

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