Ahhhh. October. Where DID the summer go? We hope you enjoyed the warm weather months. We sure did. So, what’s coming up next? What’s everyone up to? We’re currently obsessing over: fall colors, comfort food and…………HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!
In thinking back over the years, it’s amazing how costumes have changed. A lot of us children of the 70’s and 80’s remember heading to the local drug store with our parents to look at the shelves filled with (FLAME-RETARDANT!) boxed costumes. To those of you who also trick-or-treated during this era: can’t you just hear the crinkle of the cellophane on the front window of the box? We, the young Million Dollar Men and Bionic Women of the 70’s, could pick from superheroes like Wonder Woman and Batman, or we could choose to be Barbie OR if we were choosing all over again today, we know we would definitely want to rock a talking chimpanzee character from PLANET OF THE APES! Who else remembers sweating under the plastic, full-face mask with the two little eye holes? Sometimes there wasn’t even a mouth hole. The lucky punks had masks with nostrils. And inevitably, one of the staples holding the elastic to each side of the mask would break, before you even made it down the block…
Yes, costumes sure have evolved since the 70’s. We’ve all seen lots of cultural appropriation (ugh) and other interesting costume ideas for “big kids”. There still is some of that lingering today we know, but with the evolution of Pinterest and other social media platforms, it’s so fun to see the incredible creativity of those choosing to make their own charming and clever costumes.
Here are a couple of festive ensembles we made for a Creative Kidstuff happening a few years back, using a SQUARE BOX and a couple of clothing items from a thrift shop:
Making our “Blue LEGO” and “Popcorn Kid” was a blast. But hardly anyone we know has this kind of time. Kudos to those that DO, and to the rest of us we say: let’s not beat ourselves up!
If you’re a last-minute procurer of costumes like we are, stop in and let our “Boo Crew” show you the myriad of fantastic costumes we have in stock at our six Twin Cities stores.
So Happy Fall Y’all. Enjoy the season. And if you happen to snap a good pic of your kiddos dressed up for Halloween, post a photo of them in the comment section! #squadghouls