The best laid plans…

I’ve always been a creative type, and as such have tried to come up with some clever ideas for costumes. Last Halloween, I didn’t have much time to put anything together. As a college student, my resources of money and items to use were so limited. This being so, I just had to try whatever I could get my hands on.  The previous year, I went to a costume party as “The Front Yard” and it was a disaster. I thought it looked great, but it seems that most people just didn’t even understand what I was trying to do with it.

T-minus about 45 minutes to the party I decided to go as a “stay at home dad”. I guess it was funny in context. I got a robe, put an apron on over it, slipped on an oven mitt, and strapped a toy baby on my hip like I was carrying it around while I prepared a meal in my morning clothes. The problem is, since I didn’t have time to get things together some of the parts that I used to make up the whole were not quite in good condition. I even took a sharpie to the white apron and wrote “real men cook fantastic cassaroles” just to add to the absurdness of the costume.

Well, as you can imagine, things didn’t work out so well. I didn’t realize that the writing on the apron wasn’t centered, so it ended up hovering just below my bellybutton. That caused for some trouble. I also didn’t have the tie to the robe, so it ended up being open all night and I had some very uncharacteristic clothes on under it. To make matters worse, the method I used to hoist the baby to my hip was pretty shoddy and broke. After awhile I just looked rediculous and had to take it all off at the party I attended.

It’s no good to skimp, that’s for sure. You gotta know when to be cheap and when to spring for the best costume pieces money can buy. There’s also a lot to be said for planning ahead so that you can put things together nicely. I failed in those departments and the costume was a bit of a disaster. Come to think of it, should I even be writing this blog!?

So what about you? What kind of limits do you think are good for making a quality but affordable costume?

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