Know Upfront That This Will Cost You Time and Money
When you have one costume you're responsible for, it's as easy as three clicks on Amazon Prime. But when you have upward of three, five, or (my god) seven family members to consider, getting everyone coordinated will take a decent amount of research. If you DIY, you're talking hours upon hours of preparations, and if you opt to buy, there goes your paycheck. I've found that a quick Google search might get me what I want at a premium, but if I spend another 30 minutes digging, I'll find something similar — like the perfect Pugsley striped onesie — at half the price. It's a constant juggle of time or money, but be advised: you'll be spending both. Because Halloween brings me joy, the "costs" involved are more rewarding than stressful (some years, just barely).