When Halloween rolls around, I find I’m in a constant argument with myself. The creative part of me wants to go all out with the Halloween costumes, pull out all the stops. If I let myself, I could spend hours adding sequence, or scales, or feathers. There’s been years (way back when there was only one kid to sew for) where I would take months creating family themed outfits. I highly admire and envy those that put in the time to make Halloween costumes that turn heads. But, these days, the realistic side always takes over and I realize I have three children who will wear those amazing costumes for just a few short hours, one day out of the year. A few years ago, I promised myself that I would stick to sewing Halloween items that could be used all year long. My kids love dress-up play, so finding items to keep their imaginations running wild is easy.
If you fall into the realm of practicality, here’s a list of disguises that, in my opinion, will keep the kids coming back day after day.
Masks: Whether they are superheros, safari animals, monsters, or covert spy disguises, masks can be used for all sorts of imaginary experiences. If you utilize heavy-duty fabrics such as wool felt and fleece, this is something you can be sure will stand up through the test of children’s play. Kids can mix and match all the live-long day and never get bored.
Hats: Hats, like masks are easily put on and removed as the child’s play takes a new turn. Hats are the first item pulled from the dress-up bin. Hats are great as kids learn about the many different rolls people play in the world around them, through history, as well as roll playing their favorite bedtime stories. And let’s face it, if you live in an area that’s guaranteed to involve winter jackets for trick-or-treating, the hat is going to make the Halloween costume.
Hoodies, Ponchos, and Capes: Have you noticed a theme to the year-round dress-up bin? Everything is easy off-easy on. Kids love capes and ponchos because they slip so easily over whatever they already have on. As a seamstress, I love the fact that one pattern, altered just slightly or embellished with alternate materials can produce hundreds of different costumes. Hoodies are just as easily disguised and provide your little one with zipper practice as well. And again, if you live in a typically cold Halloween town, ponchos and capes wrap right over that down jacket.
Whether you decide to go all out on your Halloween disguises or stick to basic accessories that can be used all year long, we want to see your creations for Kids Clothes Week.
Which disguises are you planning to sew?