It's not too early to start looking for your costumes. Really. The stores that I have visited have them all out. The online stores are ready.
If you wait too long you're gonna be stuck being a witch.
I have no preference to homemade versus store bought costumes. I have done both.
If I'm going with pre-made, I generally go the online route and order as early as I can so if I need to modify it I have enough time. Getting it early also allows me to shop for accessories local.
I like the following online stores:
Costumes Express – I generally find the kids here unless it's something I can find local.
For handmade costume ideas I like:
Martha Stewart – Unique ideas some easy, some not
The Costume Page – Large list of costumes to make
I always looked forward to wearing whatever costume I had
From top left:
Knight and Zombie Cheerleader- I look like I'm grabbing his crotch but I wasn't.
Super Mustard and Pretzel – I think most of my salt fell off
Medusa and Roman Emperor
Wolf and Ice Princess with child
Rapper and Spider Queen – I hand made that crown.
Mummy and Skeleton – These were Martha Stewart costumes that I copied for both of us
So tell me, what are you going to be this year?