This is Mr. Smith’s first Halloween.
The holiday isn’t much recognized in Australia and with our seasons being opposite it doesn’t make sense to celebrate an American harvest holiday during the Australian spring.
For one thing, pumpkins have to be imported from the US making them pricey. Who wants to carve up a $28 pumpkin? Halloween is my favorite holiday anyways, but having it be Mr. Smith’s first real one has made it even better.
Usually we throw together whatever we have on hand for costumes but this year we went all out. Mr. Smith wanted to be The Joker so we’ve been combing thrift shops for pieces.
A tan and beige houndstooth patterned suit coat dyed up into a stunning purple jacket. A green vest was found and a hideous lime colored tie for 25 cents complimented it perfectly. The whole thing – with dye and make up – cost under $20. We even came across a perfect Batman costume complete with mask and cape for $1 for my youngest son for trick or treating as a team.
It was more work to piece everything together but the process was a lot of fun for all of us. We spent next to nothing so we can really enjoy having fun with it all instead of trying to get our moneys’ worth. Each find was an exciting celebration. Best part is we can afford to go out and have a little fun after the kids go to bed :)
No doubt about it – the best things in life are free… or nearly.