So I'm the meanest Mama, I don't usually buy my kids costumes for Halloween. I just don't really get into the whole 'dress up and ask for candy' thing, although I am generous to the 'trick or treaters' who knock on our door. We make sure we're stocked up with plenty of candy for the kids (and adults) who come dressed up for Halloween. And we get tons of those in our neighborhood.
Anyway, no costumes doesn't really deter our kids from going around the neighborhood, collecting their own stash of sugar. They just made do with what they have. Improvisation!
The scary monster:
So costume or no costume, they had a fun evening!