Monday, October 5, 2009

Teacher Knows best: Halloween Costume

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great tips! If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at

Halloween Costumes

Confession: I totally stole this from Summer. She is the queen of kids Halloween costumes.

We are very fortunate to have a children’s resale shop within walking distance. When it’s warm, we often load up the stroller, hit the Mexican place for dinner, and then roll across the parking lot to see what treasures hang waiting inside. While the store does carry conventional Halloween costumes, we have found that the pieces to make your own can be obtained a whole lot cheaper.

For example, last year the Big One needed a flannel shirt to go with his cowboy outfit - $3. This year Small Fry is going as Little Red Riding Hood. Summer could have bought a flimsy costume or tried to make a hood herself. Instead, persistence paid off and she found a beautiful red cloak with a hood for, get this, $6. The good thing about buying resale is there is a chance your child will wear the item again, in a non-costume way. Then again, if you have to have cowboy boots and know your kiddo will grow out of them or never wear them again, you didn’t spend a small fortune. We have found that sometimes it takes multiple trips to find just the right items as new things come in everyday.

Some schools allow children to dress up for their classroom Halloween parties. Time is limited for these parties and we want to make sure kids have as much time as possible to party. If their costume doesn’t require them to physically change clothes, it saves them waiting in line at the restrooms to put the costume on and then take it off at the end of the day. Try a costume they can slip on over their clothes or that part can be worn during the day, such as the jeans and flannel shirt of a cowboy.

And the winner is......

The winner of the 6 months of Deluxe ice cream is....... Tammy!