I don't know about how many folks look at the prices of Halloween costumes and cringe but, I do. I also wonder where the heck the sweet and innocent costumes have all gone. Little girls have costumes that sensationalize sex and bad behaviour rather than expound virtues of good character. I guess dressing up like a scientist or an astrophysicist can't compete with a scantily clad pop idol- such a shame to degrade little girls like that. And for boys, the selection isn't that much better I am afraid. This year we decided to go the- "no-buy" route. My eldest wanted to be Doctor Octopus from the Spiderman comic book series, so we went to pillage the garage for bits and pieces to construct his costume. Our middle child wanted to be a transformer.... lacking boxes and packaging materials, I opted to "transform" an Storm Trooper costume from last year with a little imagination and Golden Paints. Lastly our youngest decided that her fairy princess costume was what she wanted to be so, all was well with the universe..... This year was a fantastic lesson in creativity, something our family really enjoyed.