What am I wearing for Halloween this year? Now that we are half way through October this cry resounds throughout my house. Having 4 children – 2 boys and 2 girls – ranging from 19 down to 9 I have resolved this dilemma many times. Some requests are satisfied with something bought in the shop […]
What am I wearing for Halloween this year? Now that we are half way through October this cry resounds throughout my house. Having 4 children – 2 boys and 2 girls – ranging from 19 down to 9 I have resolved this dilemma many times. Some requests are satisfied with something bought in the shop – this can range from inexpensive to very expensive depending on the popularity of the costume required. Some are satisfied with a trip to a fancy dress shop – expensive – or a trawl of the internet – also expensive and needs to be done well in advance for the said costume to arrive for Halloween and not Christmas. But some of us have children who want to be individual.
Now I am all for not following the crowd but letting your individuality shine through ( I have read many child rearing books!!!) but sometimes I wish mine wanted to be a pirate, Dracula, a ghost, a witch or a princess. Put no….we have to be A Birthday Present, a very fat Pumpkin – 2 pillows were sacrificed for this -, psychotic dolls, a killer nurse, a maniac zombie, a very large skeleton and finally a pork chop (anyone familiar with Minecraft may get the significance of this).
The nuns taught me well. I may not be great at hand stitching but I can find my way around a sewing machine. This comes in very handy as we have 2 dancers in the house who always need costumes to be altered or sometimes made from scratch. So how do I get, from request to finished article?
Fingal Libraries can help here!
On our shelves we have books which help with sewing techniques, both hand and machine. We have books which show us how to use that recycled cornflakes box to make a scary mask. With the dab of a sponge or the flick of a brush along with face paint and crayons we can be guided step by step to produce the most frightening of faces. Books filled with costume ideas and spooky food and drink are also available. So armed with this vast information resource and the skills that can be learned you can usually rustle up something that will meet the brief.
By Catherine Keane