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Halloween Part 1: Costumes!

Welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today I will be discussing Halloween Costumes and how companies aren’t even trying any more.

Halloween is right around the corner and has got me thinking about what I am going to dress up as to pass out candy to the little ones coming up to my door for Trick or Treat night! I’ve decided that I’ll be recycling a costume I wore over 6 years ago just because it’s a killer hand-custom made costume that I’ve never wore it to pass out candy at my own house. However, I did look at the costumes in the stores and I must say that they’re quite upsetting.

First off, they’re overpriced! Who honestly justifies spending $20+ on some cheap costume cloth that happens to look like a Captain America suit or Batman. It’s all really the same pattern of pajamas, but now they’ve sewn in some muscles. Oooooh!

… and for the ladies…

Why is it that everything for the ladies has to be labeled “Sexy” and come with a skanky looking skirt that wouldn’t cover their butts even if they bought 2 of them and sewed them together? There was a big article recently about a JCPenny line of clothing that was “degrading to females” because it said something to the effect of “Forget homework, there’s a new Justin Bieber album out!” because it was said to be downplaying female intelligence. Really? Really! These teen shirts are unacceptible, but Women aren’t allowed to be a Zombie or Batman unless they look skanktastic. Crazy!

Alot of the poor selection of costumes has made me look to thrift stores like Salvation Army and creating my own costumes for Halloween. Peep my previous 3 years in Halloween costumes!

The Joker was my first costume in our home and only cost about 15 bucks to complete! The jacket was bought at The Salvation Army along with the pants and dress shirt and dyed to my liking. The wig was bought on clearance and spraypainted green. Add some clown make-up and viola!

Captain Hook was created out of a Lady’s Red Coat (also from Salvation Army), Hat  and Mustache from clearanced Halloween area, plastic hook from Big Lots, and random dress clothes bought at Salvation army as well.

Lots ‘O’ Huggin’ Bear was last years treat and he was a little pricey, but the result definately show it was worth it. Toy Story 3 had just come out last summer and was about to be released on DVD, so Lots ‘O’ was a fun character to be. The pattern template used was a Teddy Bear costume, but we did some customization for the head. We ended up forming it around a Motorcycle Helmet that wasn’t being used. This was my wife’s first attemtp at sewing for me and it was pretty awesome. I even went the extra mile and used Strawberry/Cotton Candy Body Spray to complete the full effect! The kids went nuts over it! The total cost was probably close to $100, but we still have the costume and it will soon be displayed once I set up an office. Best costume to date!

In closing, I think the store bought costumes could and SHOULD be alot better. I mean, Disney is trying to pass off a Muscle shirt with Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen on them as Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater Costumes. Tna Wrestling is trying to pass off a Muscle outfit, red sleevless shirt with a Championship belt ironed on, black pants, and a mustache as a Hulk Hogan costume! Very disappointing to see what companies feel the consumer should be buying! Anyway, I’d love to hear and see your custom made Halloween costumes! Keep the replies coming and…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)