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Share Your Best Halloween Costume Tips

Halloween is about six weeks away – plenty of time to pull together a perfectly ghoulish get-up for school parties, Trick-or-Treat or other fall costume needs.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to Halloween costume ideas.

Store-bought costumes aren’t cheap. And, kids typically grow out of them long before they can ever use them again. Home-made costumes can be cool, but pulling them together is time-consuming to say the least. And, the make-your-own costume route can also be costly if you have never gone down that path before. So, this week, we are coming to you, the Lehigh Valley Patch community for your best Halloween costume tips. We want more than your costume ideas here. Of course, we encourage you to share those. But, we also want to know whether you buy your kids' costumes ready-made and why. Tell us where you go for costume-making supplies. Do you start at the craft store or at the thrift shop? Do you have costume swaps with friends? Do you put a deadline on when your child has to decide what he or she is going to be?

Basically, here’s what we want to know:

What are your best Halloween costume tips?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Mary Ellen Alu September 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I've borrowed and bought. Never attempted to make my own. Raggedy Ann, Pen State Cheerleader, doctor, Girl in a blonde wig on a horse, and a sweet bat girl. Store bought is easiest. That's why I do it.
Mariella Savidge September 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Lisa, my kids were the same way. I made all their costumes for a long time and some of them were not too shabby. But they begged for costumes from the store just like all the other kids. Oh well! I kept them all: frog, bear, shark, sheep (award winning) and more. Good memories for me, not so much for them I'm afraid!
Lisa Amey September 17, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I wish I was crafty enough to attempt to make a costume (other than cutting eye holes in a sheet to make a ghost), so we usually buy them, or use hand me downs from friends or family. Outgrown ones are handed down to someone else, or donated to Lincoln Elementary for kids who don't have costumes.
Jennifer Elston September 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
FYI I've seen some cute ideas in the October issues of Family Fun magazine! Otherwise I've bought. Luckily this year my kids want to be a princess and a fairy--and I have everything I need in the house to accomplish that! I usually borrow or buy to save on time.
Jennifer Marangos September 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I have had good luck in pulling together the supplies needed for Halloween costumes at very little expense by shopping at Salvation Army Thrift shops. It's not quite as crafty and time consuming as pulling out the sewing machine and hot glue gun. But, it does let the kids use their imagination a bit. For us, it's a happy medium. No clue what we have in store for this year though.

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