I pretty much did what I wanted for Jonas' costume. Jonas is still obsessed with trains, so I decided if I wanted him to be excited about wearing a costume that a train would be the way to go. It was made from a diaper box, but I tried to come up with some cute details to make it more fun.
Owen is getting older and I really want to allow him some more input in his costume. So we did a google image search (though you always have to be a bit careful with those) for "cardboard costume." And I asked him to choose what he wanted to do. He saw some transformer ideas he really liked. So the next night we told him to draw out the costume he wanted.
We ran out of time on everyone's costumes. We weren't thinking ahead to the fact that the costumes all needed to be ready 4 days before Halloween for the party we went to at church. So Owen's costume was missing some of the detail work I would have liked. But I'm not going to feel guilty about it. Owen loved his costume.
I love doing the mostly-homemade costumes. I love doing the cardboard costumes--it all seems so nostalgic to me. And to me celebrating holidays is all about the history.