Fancy dress

With Halloween just around the corner I’ve been musing about children’s costumes recently

Before the ‘big move’ I sent my daughter to a school who’s PTA were somewhat lacking in imagination. Not only did I lose count of the number of fancy dress days she was required to take part in, I also exhausted the dressing up box by the end of the second term….

Now, there are four types of costume mums out there….

  • The ones who go all out with the sewing machine in a bid to outdo each other
  • The ones who go all out with the wallet in a bid to outspend each other
  • The (arguably sensible ones) who send their children in the same spiderman/Disney princess outfit every time regardless of theme (Yes spiderman is from a nursery rhyme, yes Cinderella is a farm animal).
  • And us slummies….. who want to make something spectator yet cost efficient and inevitably the night before following 3 glasses of wine

Thankfully I’ve only had two glasses of the old Rose this evening,

Wear all of one colour, Wa-La Jelly baby

Wear all of one colour, Wa-La Jelly baby

Why go out to buy a costume?(that means washing your hair) £20 for what is basically a pillowcase made of polyester, with stitching which you just know will unravel after its first wash, when you have a wardrobe (wash basket) full of kids clothes….. ?

Add a mask and...... animal? vegetable? or mineral? (ok mineral might be pushing it but you get the idea)

Add a mask and…… animal? vegetable? or mineral? (ok mineral might be pushing it but you get the idea)

Back in the dark ages, when Ed the duck brought us quality TV shows from the broom cupboard, we thought nothing of prancing about in dads old shirts with a tea towel on our head…. and neither will our children. Here are some examples from our family collection……. Can you spot

The pillow case

The curtain

The blanket

                                                  The tea towel

all

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