Two girls, $20 and a pair of rockin' Halloween costumes
Okay, it's official; we have lost our trick-or-treating rights to old age. Instead of opening our hallowed plastic pumpkins for a handful of candy, we're opening our eyes and ears to disapproving looks and deep sighs from the neighbors who now toss the bite-sized Snicker bars - the ones that that should have gone to the kids behind us - into our bottomless bags. Our scavenging is on the brink of pathetic, and our lame endeavors show through our questionable made-from-whatever's-around-the-house costumes.
Spot, select, save
The first step in our journey is finding a costume haven, and a cheap one at that. We've settled on Value Village as our home base, a giant sanctuary for thrift store savvies. They've got everything from feety-pajamas to tablecloths, so surely they will have just the things we need for two great costumes.
For thrift store amateurs like us, Value Village's vast interior is nothing less than intimidating. Lanes of secondhand clothes crowd the white aisles that we squeeze through, and the smooth-jazz rendition of Lion King's "Circle of Life" doesn't help cure our frustration. There is too much to choose from, and we are still unsure of what exactly we're looking for. After 20 minutes of unsuccessful browsing, we decide to regroup and establish a new plan.
Bringing home the goods
Now it's time to head home, celebrate our success and doctor up our findings. The green skirt needs to be shortened about 14 inches, and we need to create a Captain Hook-esque mustache and hook. With some difficulty, we manage to work out the mechanics of Juliet's sewing machine, stylizing our new goods with zigzag cuts and foil hooks. We find that a mustache made of black construction paper frames Eve's face best, and that a configuration of twigs and vines from outside is the perfect touch for Juliet's ensemble. Two hours later, we have hammered out one sexy-chic Tinkerbelle, and an equally imposing Captain Hook.
We proudly sport our creations, which are done well in advance for the big day. We're so confident that we've cured the candy dilemma that, in the unlikely event of a disappointing Halloween, we are willing to accept our old age as the sole kink in the process, and end our annual ritual once and for all. To be continued…
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