I found myself dreading making costumes this year. I no longer get to choose (or at least strongly influence) like last year. Elsie wanted to be a big scary spider, Anne wanted to be a penguin, and Cal wanted to be a spiky caterpillar, a bunny, a spaceman, a skeleton, a witch, a spider, and a pengiun. Hmmm.
First Lesson Learned~ don't ask your children what they want to be unless you are prepared to just make whatever they choose (which I was not).
So with help of friendly advice due to lots of complaining about getting motivated to make these costumes, I just went online and let them choose costumes! This was so great. They were happy, I was relieved, a delightful solution all around.
Second Lesson Learned~ when you order halloween costumes online, make sure you do it like 3 weeks in advance.
Guess what? the costumes didn't arrive in time for class parties. Tears and drama followed when yesterday afternoon the package was still not here!
I made the choice to start sewing a super scary witch with below fabrics.
Third Lesson Learned~ don't start making a costume the night before the Halloween party.
Fourth Lesson Learned~ if you make above mistake, at least check and make sure you have 1/4" elastic before you put in over an hour when you should be making dinner and helping with homework.
Fifth and Final Lesson ~just call up some friends with older kids and borrow costumes before doing all the things above.