Halloween will be here before you know it — do you have a costume yet? If not, DON'T PANIC! At Primary, we believe that there's *always* a costume waiting to be crafted in your closet. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should ditch a frantic, last-minute spree at one of those Halloween stores (if you know, you know) and opt for DIY instead...
1. You can do it, really.
If you think a DIY Halloween costume for your child means borrowing your mother’s 100-pound sewing machine and hijacking your kitchen table for two weeks of cursing under your breath, think again. We’ve collected hundreds of easy, no-sew DIY costume how-to’s that produce only joyful expletives!
2. That B+ in Home Ec is getting rusty.
Making a costume with your kid is actually really fun and fulfilling. It turns Halloween into a bonding experience, not just a parental chore. It can also turn you into a superhero in your kid’s eyes. (Bonus!) And depending on the strength of your magnets, you can definitely hang it on the fridge where all impressive family creations are displayed.
3. Have you been to one of those Halloween stores? Enough said.
The lighting. The disarray. The smell of sweaty plastic costumes. The bins of severed body parts. The motion-activated skeleton making puns. The “sexy” version of things that make you scratch your head and cover the children’s eyes. There’s a better way.
4. They can be ANYTHING!
Why should your kid be limited to the meager, picked-over offerings at the Halloween megastore? Where is the bowl of macaroni and cheese costume? Where is the Smelly Butt Candy Robot costume? When you make a costume yourself, the only limit is your kid’s imagination. (Looking at you, kid who wants to be the tree in his front yard.)
5. We can help if you’re stuck.
Speaking of your kid’s imagination, don’t be afraid of what it can produce. We offer a FREE costume concierge service, where a simple email to DIYeasy@primary.com can hook you up with custom DIY costume help, whether it be executing your child’s impossible idea, or suggesting the perfect costume for your particular needs. It’s like the Butterball hotline, but better because you don’t have to preheat the oven or talk on the phone.
6. It's sustainable!
That costume from that store we talked about? The one your kid wears once? The one that costs more than your last night out? It’s not just bad economics, it’s not great for the planet either. How about a costume made with super soft quality basics they can wear on Halloween and every day after? Mother Earth is a big fan of your DIY Halloween.
7. The kids can be dressed for bed WHILE trick-or-treating.
One of our favorite Halloween DIY hacks is making costumes that start with super soft PJs. Think how many times you will high-five yourself when all the other parents in the world are wrangling their post-sugar-crash children out of costumes and into pajamas on Halloween night when yours are already in bed. (And by “high-five,” we mean “pour a glass of wine.”)
8. Group costumes for the win.
Let’s be honest: one of the perks of having children is being able to coordinate a group costume. That’s something a tax break can never give you.
9. Last-minute is still in time.
So what if Halloween is mere days away? We’ve got plenty of last-minute ideas for you. BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE A PROCRASTINATOR.
10. You can enter our contest!
Your DIY Halloween costume could very well turn into a year of FREE Primary! (That’s over $1000 in value, for you math types.) Can your sweaty store-bought costume do that? Check out our official contest rules here! If you're ready to enter, you can submit your costume here.