Spooky on a Budget

Halloween boasts great memories for me and I love fall. I am pretty much in love with any day the weather permits shorts and sweatshirts with flip-flops. Thank you, North Carolina for this extended season!

51AA085E-8E85-4892-B2F0-3F9ECDB1E6DEAnyhow…with much going on, per usual, prepping for the hallow-holiday is always stressful-fun. You know, the kind where you want to do it, but it’s a matter of finding the energy but you feel so accomplished after? I love decorating and baking and although sewing is not my forte I try to get creative when it comes to costumes. Those elaborate princess dresses and wildly gorgeous and bright costumes are awesome but they are waaaay expensive and we all know that’s definitely NOT my forte, so I do my best to meet the expectation without blowing a budget. Honestly, this usually means they come up subpar. A little cheesy, nothing too great or impressive but the kids are happy and that is all that matters. This year was my first real challenge. Madz came home from school set on being Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. I didn’t even know who this was and when I saw the pictures I just shook my head. I had no idea how this was going to go down. Thankfully Pinterest came to my rescue and the following DIY tutorial took very little time and was a huge success. I had aluminum foil and plastic bags so one roll of duct tape and we were golden.

Originally I was just going to have her wear one of my LBDs but we found the perfect purple and black ensemble right at Wal-Mart and the cape was from the Dollar Tree. Easy peasy. For Sleeping Beauty, all this really is, is a dress-up dress and dress up accessories that can be purchased from Wal-Mart, dollar store or dug out of the dress-up bin. My children will wear and re-wear dress up clothes until worn and ratted so I feel as though we wring every penny out of dress up investments but for this same reason I don’t spend more than $10-$15 on these outfits. Since Madz had a headpiece we did “splurge” on the wig from the costume section but the money saved everywhere else balanced this $10.

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12052531_752377967965_7525253381202423814_oAs for Brent and I this was the first year, in ten, that we actually dressed up together and it was super fun (and admittedly corny). Mary Poppins and Bert were really easy. Both ensembles were put together entirely from our closet minus Bert’s hat and vest, and Mary’s oversized poplin; it’s amazing what you can find at Goodwill! The chimney sweep was the only real cost from the local hardware store but I have to tell you, it’s dual purpose because our fireplace/chimney definitely needs a good cleaning…and now we have the tools! 😉

All-in-all, this halloween cost us less than $50 for four full costumes and accessories. #supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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