Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:54 pm
As I always intend to entertain the ToTers, I tend to do a lighter theme. Last year being the main exception really. I always run through the following things when I pick out a costume:
1. Can I make it? Or do I have to buy it?
2. Is it kid friendly? If it isn't I tend to re think unless I have my heart set on it (like last year)
3. Do I have the cash to get the parts/costume I want to make/do?
4. Any effects for the costume? If it involves special effects I tend to stay away from it. The web shooters I tried to make for my Spider-Man costume 2 years ago fell through the floor due to cost, and the unavailability to hide them so they didn't look too obvious. Last year I could not get my arm gears to fit on my Mad Hatter costume because I could not secure them as an under mount without making it look incredibly stupid.
5. In some ways this could be the most important part. Will people recognize it? My main concern with ANY costume I choose. Since the kids become priority, I like to do something that they will recognize, which will attract them to the house. Last year only ONE person actually recognized my Mad Hatter. I had to tell everyone else. Where as Spider-Man, Sonic, The Joker, Buzz Lightyear, The Ghostbuster costume, they were all recognizable to an extent (the Ghostbuster I DID have to tell a few people).
I like it when the kids go. OHH LOOK IT'S __________!! *insert recognizable figure here* It not only attracts the parents to the display I have (which is a plus), but it also adds to their experience for the night.
Hope this helps!
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