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Halloween Making: Why do we do this to ourselves!? ; ) Answered

Closing in on midnight on October 30th, and I found myself in a familiar situation . . .

Making last-minute Halloween costumes and props for my kids!

Here's a photo of my late-night kitchen table, where I was working on a homemade hover board prop from the "Back to the Future" movies. I paused for a moment to survey the scene and snap a photo, and couldn't help taking note of the silliness of the whole thing.

It's midnight.

I'm tired.

My kids are asleep.

And I'm up making this thing.

WHY?

Why do we do this to ourselves?!

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I know why I do it, but tell me why you do!

Were you up late making stuff for yourself or for your kids?

Share your reasoning and thoughts on being a creative Halloweener in the comments below. Be sure to include a photo or two of what you were making!

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Sheamation

5 weeks ago

I do it for the excitement and the joy of others. I rarely get to dress up or make things for myself since I am usually down to the wire helping others execute their visions and dreams. Last night I was up late designing, 3d printing, and blinging out costume accessories for my wife's "nerd" persona. Unfortunately I do not have any final pictures since it was all down to the wire for her to be able to dress up at work today. So nerdy was her outfit with suspenders that when she went to go sit down she split her pants and had to go run and get another pair. Hearing the stories and laughing together makes it so worth it.

*Edited comment to include a photo. Read replies below for more information.

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seamsterSheamation

Reply 5 weeks ago

Ha! That's awesome!

Wonderful comment, thank you for taking the time to chime in! : )

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Sheamationseamster

Reply 5 weeks ago

Thanks! She ended up winning 2nd place at her work costume contest. This picture really doesn't show all that went into the costume but I am sure you get the idea. She has buttons and badges all over her suspenders and a black, red, and white tutu that was made just for this. It is what I could swipe from elsewhere that I feel she wouldn't be too embarrassed about since she is not a public person.

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seamsterSheamation

Reply 5 weeks ago

I think it's great! I'm glad you responded to my forum topic. I was curious if anyone would (aside from all these site admins! ;) . . so thank you again!

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Sheamationseamster

Reply 4 weeks ago

If I see something that interests me, and I can take part it in it at the time, I will always jump in when I can. I also like swag.

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Gabriel Gower

5 weeks ago

I believe one of the main reasons for Halloween is to share ideas with other people. Since I live somewhere where people don't celebrate Halloween, I didn't do much this year. But, I did do a FRANKENBOT. I made it out of normal printing paper, so I had to be patient and work hard. I think everyone should work hard on anything they do, even if it is something simple. But still, I had lots of fun :)

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Yonatan24

5 weeks ago

So I just finished replacing a tire on my (2 week old :) bike.

After puncturing it, and it was REALLY close to exploding.
After flying off of the bike, that is.
After trying to launch off of a large rock
After setting up my camera to film a shot of me messing around with my homemade bike horn
After making a horn for my bike.

Flying face first onto the ground off of a rock, and of course, it was all caught in video!
So what did you say you were talking about...? ;)

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Natalina

5 weeks ago

Because it's so satisfying to see them in it the next day! Or yourself, if it's not for your kids.

I find it hard to motivate to make things without a deadline, and enjoy taking advantage of that to create something which I probably would never finish or even start if not for an excuse like halloween :) There's something rewarding in the exhausting frenzy of it all when you come out on the other side with a thing that you are proud of, despite all the pitfalls and late nights asking yourself "am I really painting 40 individual feathers right now at 1am on a weeknight??". Yes, you are. And it's worth it!

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randofo

5 weeks ago

I know Halloween is the 'maker holiday,' but I have never felt much compulsion to participate as an adult. Don't get me wrong, I get obsessive about making all kinds of nonsensical things, but costumes typically are not one of them. I spend so much time thinking about Halloween working for Instructables that by the time it actually rolls around, I typically rather be somewhere quiet making just about anything else. Speaking of which, I plan to spend this evening at my hackerspace polishing aluminum in peace and quiet.

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audreyobscura

5 weeks ago

Uff, right?! In college, I lived with a bunch of artists and we were dead-set on being different snack foods one year. We went to the craft store and got what likely totaled a mile in different polar-fleece colors, went home and got to work.

What we thought would take a couple hours began to creep into the next day after midnight, when hands get shaky and eyes get wary. From my room, where I was using a sewing machine, I hear my roommate cursing to high heaven. She ran a line of hot glue over the back of her hand while she was trying to join two halves of her pizza costume. She didn't have a dish of water near by to cool it and it was burning into her hand.

After some late night first-aid from me and my other housemates, we helped her finish her costume and she was the cutest pizza slice of all time, then we trashed our costumes riding bikes all over town party-hopping.

Was it worth the lack of sleep? For the memories, yes!

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Elaina M

5 weeks ago

I was having this same discussion (albeit in my head and with myself) on Sunday night. I've given 4 weekends to my costume - countless failures, pivots and meltdowns. No one has asked me to do this , no one is expecting me to do it, and no one is counting on it.... and yet I do it anyways.
I think, for me, it boils down to my love-hate relationship with making. I Love making, but I Hate that I can never find the time to make it a priority in my adult life. Halloween (and it's resulting costume-making-madness) gives me a strict deadline every year - rain or shine, the making must be done by October 31st - or it was all for nothing. It's a high stakes game of making madness that pushes me every year to find time, build something, and practice my creative problem solving skills with what I have in the house (during the inevitable last minute "this isn't working" moment). And although I may have wanted to burn the thing to the ground multiple times, it's halloween - and I'm happy have added a little bit more making fun to my life :)

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seamsterElaina M

Reply 5 weeks ago

What did you make? Do we get to see it? : D

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Penolopy Bulnick

5 weeks ago

Since having a kid I've been too lazy to do any Halloween costumes, but before that, I always seemed to be working up till Halloween to get my costume done on time. I don't know why I could never start ahead of time :P