Still, if I'm to be honest, it's not like I would have spent much more time on them, anyway. My normal sewing standards go out the window when it comes to making something that will only be worn a handful of times, mostly in the dark. Cheap fabric, pinked seams, haphazard stitching are all the order of the day when it comes to Halloween costumes - that shield is made from an embroidery hoop, a scrap of fabric and some cheap felt, for starters!Despite all this, the offspring are still happy. Their mum is happy, too, as these costumes ended up costing less than $10. Maybe I'd be more enthusiastic about Halloween if I had grown up celebrating it, but it just wasn't that big of a deal in England when I was a kid. I went to just one Halloween party (mum let me cut up an old skirt, and I cobbled together a witch costume, complete with a cardboard hat) in the years before university. Trick or treating was something I had only seen in American movies.
Still, the costumes have survived two events, so far. Just the trick or treating on the actual night to go, now. Then come the days of their mum confiscating the best of the sweets for any bad behaviour in the days that follow... ;-)
Translation of the day:
UK English: rubbish = trash in US English. It's also used to describe things that are poor quality or nonsense.
As in, "That book was absolutely rubbish!" "Rubbish! That isn't true!" "Yes, it is, put it in the rubbish bin"