Before plastic masks and dime store outfits

Posted Říjen 31st, 2011 by Billabongboardshortscloths

April Seering hasn’t bought a costume in years. And she doesn’t plan to purchase one any time soon.

“There’s no creativity in just going to the store and spending hard-earned money on something I could’ve made with more imagination and creativity,” she said.

This year Seering and her friend Karen Miller and their children are making their own costumes based on some of the characters from Alice in Wonderland.

“It really comes down to the cost, but, at the same time, I can get my child involved in helping make her costume,” Seering said.

And Seering’s five-year-old daughter Kendra isn’t complaining.

“I think this is fun,” she said. “And I get to spend time with my mom.”

Miller said by making her own costume she can put her own special touches on it.

“The hat we’re using for the Mad Hatter was my aunt’s hat,” Miller said. “I touched it up with some spray paint and jazzed it up a bit. But, in the end, it was free vs. paying about $40 for it at a store.”

Seering said making her own costumes is time consuming, but she said going to a specialty costume shop to find the costumes for some of the Alice in Wonderland characters would push her budget to the limit.Save on Projector Lamp and fittings,

“I think for the eight costumes we’re making we are spending about $60. Otherwise, it would triple or even more than that,” Seering said. “I don’t think you can find one costume for $60.”

And Miller said the costumes she and her four-year-old daughter Sylvie are making along with Seering will last a lot longer.

“The kids will have these for a long time,” she said. “They’re not like the plastic faces and capes we bought when we were kids that ripped and fell apart before you walked across the street. It doesn’t make much sense to spend money you don’t have on something you might wear once or twice in a year.”

Seering said some of the clothing came from thrift stores and the other pieces of costumes - like the card guards from Alice in Wonderland - were made from felt paper, poster board and paint.

“The spears for the card guards were made from tent stakes,” Seering said. “All you need is the will to do it and a little imagination.”

As for Hailie Uecker, her grandmother Robin Collins found pieces of her geisha costume when she moved into her home.

“I had found pieces of this colorful dress,” Collins said. “All we had to do was find some matching fabric, bells and some colorful sashes to go with it. And, of course, some make-up to go on Hailie, but that was about it.”

Collins, who has three grown daughters and 10 grandchildren, said she has never yet purchased a costume from the store.

“Why should I? I can make them,” Collins said. “They last a lot longer than the store-bought ones and my kids can hand them down to their kids.”

Collins’s husband Boyd said Halloween should be fun for the youngsters.

“Isn’t this holiday for the kids? If you let them help you make the costume,The new website of Udreamy Network Corporation is mainly selling hypodermic needle cannula , they’ll learn something, too,” he said. “They’ll take more pride in their costume if they helped to create it from nothing.”

Collins suggested going to thrift stores and looking for bargains on clothes that can be used to make a costume.

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