I love letting my kids think about their costumes each year and getting creative with them as we put them together. I've probably only bought a handful of costumes (and many of the more homemade ones look just that way -- not necessarily a good thing!).
This year Amanda wanted to be "a girl Where's Waldo." Apparently there are even names for the "girl costume" online, Wenda. She had the blue skirt, and searched for a red and white striped shirt to no avail. So we ordered the shirt and beanie as a part of the costume, and she rounded it out with the tights. She also bought the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail stickers in red and white that I hope will make a yuletide appearance as well (she loves these and likes to give them as gifts as well).
Kyle at first planned on being a mad scientist, but he wavered. He finally decided on the Ninja. The $6 plastic Ninja tools that I bought at Target have been worth the money so far. He plays with them all the time (run to Target and get them on clearance now for even less!). Add those to black wind pants and a black turtleneck, and he was set.
We also had some other opportunities to dress up last week. Friday was crazy hair day, so we sprayed on the blue color (which was mostly worn off by the time he got home -- strange).
At church Sunday, they were encouraged to wear their "non-scary" costumes. He asked and a Ninja was deemed as scary, so I got to use my creative juices. We had a Team Impact rally all last week. They are a group of Christian strong men who use their skills and strength to draw people so that they can share about how Christ changed their lives. They were incredible, and if you have a chance to see them, I highly recommend you go! So -- Kyle was a member of Team Impact. He has the logo on his tank, and we used an off-white shirt (the closest we could find to flesh-colored) to cover his "muscles." The muscles were floaties on his arm (half inflated and taped on), and his abs and pecs were those smallish air packing bricks. Very fun and easy!
The dog was not happy for me to try to dress her. The bandana stayed on, but the hat did not :)
We went with the neighbors across the street, which was fun. The boy is road kill, another cheap homemade idea. Boys of that age LOVE blood, so he has some blood on his face and his shirt, which his mom ran over after she painted her tires!