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Costuming on Purim Without Going Broke

In our community, people dress in costume for the Purim megillah reading. Traditionally, I think most if not all costumes were based on biblical themes -- Esther, Modechai, the hated Haman, the doomed Vashti. These days, there is a much wider variety of costume, ranging from recycled Halloween costumes all the way up.

Our family has been doing family theme costumes for the last few years. Some of our past efforts:

This year one of the boys wants to do a joint costume with a friend. We may tie into their idea somehow or do something completely different. Stay tuned.