DIY Halloween Costumes (and a Rant)

Has anyone been Halloween costume shopping with their kids and left feeling down and out because of the choices for their daughters? Yeah, me, too. I was in a Halloween store the other day and was appalled at the drastic gender differences in the "girl" and "boy" costumes. A police officer in the "boys" section looked like an authentic officer in pants, a hirt, and hat. However, the police officer in the "girls" section had a short skirt and high heel boots. When was the last time you saw a police officer in heels and boots. Yes, never, you're right. 
Why must their be this difference? Why must a little girl wear a skirt when she wants to be a police officer? What are we telling her? "Yes, honey, good for you wanting to be a police officer but let's not let them forget you're a girl by showing off your legs and making it impossible to run in heels." 
Why are we telling young girls that they can have anything they want, "Girl power!" and then rip them of that power by demeaning them to sex objects. How is this mixed message not damaging? We're raising a generation of girls that are told they can have anything they dream. They are equal to boys, no different. They can be whatever they want to be, as long as they remain "girly". Why are we still differentiating what is okay for a boy and what is okay for girl?! When are we going to stop reinforcing these archaic gender roles that only put our kids into boxes. Confining boxes that cannot contain their individuality, spirit, dreams, or greatness. A little girl aspiring to dress as a police officer should like a police officer, not a stripper gram.

I just will not prescribe that malarky. Most of our costumes are put together at a thrift store. It's part conservation, part economic, part creative fun. Some years we've gone the store bought and that was fun, too, but I've learned over the years, that my kids really like creating their own costumes. A stylist's dream come true. 
I thought I'd share some of our DIY costumes over the years. In addition, the girls were in The Huffington Post a few years ago for Pippa's Fern costume and Bea's Jane Goodall costume. There are some great costume ideas, see the link above. 

 Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, Hermione, Draco Malfoy, and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and mostly from the Thrift store, barring the HP robes and my husband's mismatched beard and hair!

 (one of my favorite to help with, this red dress later became a canvas for an ugly sweater party)
Katniss Everdeen 
fierce! The only thing not from her closet was the bow
My little pilot
I made his goggles from leftover felt from a  school project, everything else from his closet

 Monster High Doll (a phase that I'm happy is over!), Book Thief, Ninja, Junie B. Jones
Cleopatra, mouse, and Ladybug Girl

I've never been a huge Halloween person, but having kids has changed that. I love helping them build costumes in preparing for being someone else for a single night...and getting candy. I mean, does it get better than that as a kid? Happy Halloween!


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