Last year my son wanted to be Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. It was actually a pretty easy costume to assemble and we were able to all dress up as a family.
Why Perry? Bug was convinced for a solid six months that he was a platypus and not just any platypus-he was Agent P, fighting evil. He would crawl around on all fours make a gurgling, clicking sound to emulate his favourite cartoon character. To say that is was odd is an understatement but hey whatever, the kid was happy!
He wore a fedora out ALL the time so he could be Agent P and if anyone (usually a sweet elderly person) commented on it he would jump out at them, one fist extended out and yell ‘PERRY!’. I was getting worried he was really going to scare somebody so I talked to him and said ‘When somebody says they like your hat, why don’t you say thanks its a fedora’. Well when the same sweet older persons said they liked his ‘hat’ he would now say ‘its a fedora’ with what I can only describe as 13 year old girl attitude. I pulled him aside AGAIN and told him ‘say thanks, thats it just thanks, maybe smile at them.’ It seemed to improve after that.
Background established the kid loved Perry the Platypus last year so I ordered a great hat from CutieHats for $25.00.
I found him some teal pants and a shirt. My coworker was so amazing, when I showed her a drawing of a beaver tail I wanted and a pile of minky fabric she whipped up the most awesome little tail (thanks a million times over Miss Doreen). We finished the outfit off with a pair of rubber boots. The boots, pants and shirt went into his regular clothes rotation afterwards so I didn’t mind spending the money on them. Smashie will wear them once they are the right size as hand me downs so it was money well spent. The hat and tail still get played with and the fedora is a standard of his wardrobe.
For the rest of us I shopped at the VV for items to make us Dr. Doofenschmirtz, Candice (gawk how bad is my wig!) and Ferb. The hardest part was finding purple pants for Smashies Ferb costume!! I found a stretchy pair of girls pants with rhinestones at Winners that we made work. We handed them onto his older girl cousin right after Hallowe’en and she got some use out of them.
I have to say Bug and I had a fun time making hubby’s Innator out of cans and tubes covered in tin foil.
Do you make homemade costumes or are you store bought all the way? We have started already on our Star Wars costumes and I see a trip to Value Village coming up PDQ!