This has been one very busy October. I knew I didn't have it in me to make a complete costume this year. Heck, I haven't even finished the Jump Rope Dress (although I seriously only have to sew on a couple of buttons, pockets and hem it).
So when I saw a Scooby Doo costume at a yard sale, I knew it would be my monkey. I cut out an oval-ish shape of felt for the snout (?), hot glued on a piece of red bias tape for the mouth, cut out some circle-ish shapes for the eyes and ears, and hot glued the whole mess on. I think it took me about 30 minutes. So it's homemade and handmade and better than anything you can buy at Target (no matter how hard they try to put us down!).
I will say this: I have bought Halloween costumes at Target. I have spent lots and lots of time making various Halloween costumes for myself over the years. I have sometimes spent a lot of money and sometimes very little. But I will never, ever, ever, ever buy a costume from Target again. No more after holiday 90% off sales for me (although I used to love them so, sniff), no more pigtails or chicken hats for my cat (yes, it's true), no more fleece pumpkins, no more stripey socks or witch hats. You and me, Target Halloween aisle, we're through.
Goodwill, my love, we'll see you next year.