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with Breakfast DJ Emma Saint

If you’re getting ready for a Halloween party or making your children’s outfits, then good luck and have a spooktacular time.

At some point in your life, you will have had some involvement with designing and making a costume.

Whether it be for your children’s school play or for a fancy dress party, it’s just one of those things that you find yourself fretting about, unless of course you’re a whiz with the sewing machine.

That’s not me. To be honest, it wasn’t my mum’s strong point either. I remember coming home in tears when my teacher told me I was going to be Mary in our Christmas nativity play.

The reason I was crying was I didn’t want my mum to make my outfit. I would have rather been a sheep in a white T-shirt and trousers with a mask. But no, instead I found myself dressed in some old blue curtains that my mum had tried to sew together with a tea towel on my head.

Another one of my mum’s great creations was when it came to our Halloween disco. I turned up in a bed sheet with eye holes cut out and a smiley face drawn on. Her words still haunt me as she dropped me off – “if anyone asks you’ve come as Casper the friendly ghost”.

When my best friend announced she was having a fancy dress party for Halloween, I started to panic and asked you for your best costumes. Thanks to everyone who emailed and called the Breakfast Show to help. One of my favourites was from Jan in Chatham, who said I should go as a chest of drawers by sticking a pair of knickers onto the front of a T-shirt.

Sue texted in to suggest I buy some brown trousers, a top and lots of green balloons. Attach the balloons to the top and hey presto, I’m a bunch of grapes. Ben from Sevenoaks won my vote, though, when he said I should pad out a black jumper, wear a black bobble hat and sew some tights onto either side of the top to be a spider. He also advised me to wear black sunglasses so no one would know it was me.

It’s taken me all week but I’ve managed it. The best part is definitely the sunglasses.

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