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October 22, 2012

HAYNES: Cutting it close with costumes

Tonawanda News — At this point there’s little more than a week left before ghouls, spirits and vampires start taking over the streets in search of candy and perhaps a little mischief-making. 

There’s just enough time left to search through the dregs of the Halloween costume aisles at your local party or big-box store, but you might be cutting it a little close if you plan to create something from scratch.

Ever since I’ve old enough that my mother — who’s handy with a sewing machine — no longer makes my cos- tumes, I’ve found Hall-oween to be a bit stress-ful. I am way too picky about what I wear and how it fits to be able to find manufactured costumes I feel comfortable wearing. 

You’ll never see me wearing anything with the word “slutty” before the title of the costume (nurse, cop, hamburger ... yeah, that’s a real thing). Plus, there aren’t many options to begin with when it comes to plus-sized Halloween costumes. 

Combine that with the fact that I too often find myself needing a last-minute costume — because maybe I didn’t plan to go out but was inevitably invited to a party two days beforehand — and I usually have some real troubles.

It usually boils down to: How can I cobble together a costume using mostly clothes I already own and wear?  Some might call them lazy costumes, but I call it getting creative with what you have on hand.

In case some of you encounter the same troubles, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite easy-to-wear (and mostly) last-minute costumes.

Double Dare

Ok, this one definitely speaks to the ’80s and ’90s kids out there. It also happens to be my favorite costume I’ve ever been responsible for creating. 

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