On November 1, 2009, my then 3 year-old son Sid announced to me that he wanted to be Edward Scissorhands for Halloween in 2010. I believed every word because he had done the same thing the year before as a 2 year-old – told me that he wanted to be Willy Wonka the following year, and actually followed through when the time came!

The process of building this DIY Edward Scissorhands Halloween costume was a major team effort – we all shopped for months at used stores collecting the belts and buckles needed to adorn the suit. I sewed and adorned the (p)leather suit and did his make-up, and my husband built the scissor hands and did his hair. And Sid, well he just rocked the costume, which I believe is the most important element of all.

Sid trick-or-treated in the full Edward suit, including pants, shirt and suspenders, but I just could not resist building him the entire suit, and I believe because of this, he truly became Edward. In his own words as he fell asleep on Halloween night: “This was the best day ever.”