I'm not impressed with the costumes in the stores. They're flimsy and, other than the princess costumes, badly done. So that means I make my kids' costumes every year.
Then I feel like a failure because my skills don't match what I wanted to do.
Then I pull it all together and the kids seem happy with the results.
And I tell myself that next year, I'll make things simpler. Until next year arrives and I start all over again.