It is a requirement in our house that we make our own Halloween costumes. Some years this task is easier to accomplish than others. Three years ago, I was definitely suffering from a lack of time and energy as my son had been born that year only a two short weeks before Halloween. Sure, I could have worked on the costume before his birth but, let’s face it, I was more preoccupied with setting up the nursery than worrying about my daughter’s Halloween costume.
One week before Halloween, my almost-4 year old reminded me about her pressing need. “How can I get candy without a costume, Mamma?”
Clearly, I was neglecting my parental duty.
Then, my little darling had a splendid idea. She wanted to be a bunch of grapes. No costume has ever been easier, faster, or cheaper to make and look so good!
- Brown pants or shorts
- Purple shirt
- 2 dozen purple balloons
- 2 dozen safety pins – medium to small
- 1 headband
- 4 pieces of green construction paper
My daughter donned a pair of brown leggings and a purple tank-top. (We live in Miami where the temperature is never an issue, but if you live in a northern climate, brown long pants and a purple long sleeve shirt would work just as well.)
To this simple base, I inflated and attached a the purple balloons. I used safety pins through the balloon lips—that rolled portion at the opening—and fastened them to her shirt. There was a brief moment of discussion about how she would sit but we resolved that one. She did not need to sit much while candy gathering. I kept adding the balloons until her entire torso was covered. I fastened more to the upper portion of her costume and then tapered them off towards the bottom.
The final touch was a simple headband embellished with a four pointed leaf cut from green construction paper and highlighted with simple lines from a black marker. I glued the leaves to the headband and put it on her head. My bunch of grapes was topped with a leaf and ready to head out for a night on the streets of our neighborhood performing tricks for treats.
My daughter proudly paraded from house to house greeted by exclamations of, “Grapes! What a great idea!” At the end of the evening, tired but well satisfied with her success, my daughter informed me that she had pulled in more candy than any of her friends. “Everyone dresses up for Halloween, but no one dresses like grapes, Mamma!” She’s right. Considering how easy it is, I can’t help but wonder why not?