Thoughts on my Halloween costume budget and the irresistible baby deer costume that I’m still thinking about.
Though I love candy (peanut butter cups, malt balls, sour candies, chocolates), I have never really liked Halloween. But something changed when I had a baby! It certainly wasn’t that Halloween suddenly became magical. It wasn’t that I was going to attend fun parties or decorate my house with cobwebs, plastic spiders, and grinning jack-o-lanterns. It was that I loved scheming and dreaming about my baby’s Halloween costume.
My Dream Mama/Baby Costume
I spent hours scouring the internet brainstorming baby costumes. I read roundup posts, searched Pinterest, checked my favorite places to shop and even found new places to shop. I studied adorable flat lays on Instagram. One day I found this picture of Elle Rowley of Solly Baby in a mother daughter deer/fawn costume. It’s out of control. It seems like a simple, minimalist costume: just a few daubs of face paint, antlers, a repurposed baby carrier and an adorable animal sweater that could probably be worn on a million days other than Halloween. I really wanted that deer sweater.
It turns out that deer sweater is the Bambi Sweater from Oeuf NYC. If you haven’t heard of it, Oeuf is a high-quality eco-friendly brand that makes gorgeous sustainable furniture and quirky children’s apparel. The bambi sweater is 100% alpaca wool, and it’s produced with high standards (handmade by a Fair Trade collective in Bolivia, to be exact). So it costs $158.
And even if my daughter might wear this inspiring woodland sweater all day, every day, for the rest of Fall and Winter, it wouldn’t work as a Halloween costume on its own. What sort of pants or leggings would she wear with this high-end hoodie? Would any of her shoes work? Would I need accessories? In short, I knew it was going to cost more than $158.
What I Bought Instead
For me, $158 was way too much money for a Halloween costume, even one I might be able to repurpose pretty easily.
So what did I do instead? I bought a classic pumpkin costume from Pottery Barn Kids for around $25 (always watching for their discounts and free shipping days!) and she looked adorable. I didn’t regret saving the money at all. The pumpkin costume is a gender-neutral timeless option that can be easily be passed on to other children. I’m comfortable with my small investment.
But I still dream about that deer hoodie!
What’s Your Halloween Costume Budget?
Which leads me to this question: What’s your Halloween costume budget? Under $25? $50? $100+? Does your Halloween costume budget ever snowball when you realize you need unforeseen additions and accessories at the last minute? I’d love to stay under $25, but realistically I might spend up to $50 for the right costume and accessories. (This year we’re leaning towards dressing our daughter as a playful skunk, also via Pottery Barn Kids. We can’t resist the woodland theme, even if it’s a little bit played out right now.) I’d love to hear about your approach, whether you’re on a budget or you love to splurge for special occasions.