1) Start early or scale back.
Great advice! Now maybe next time you guys should post an article about making a Halloween costume BEFORE Halloween :D
You guys know I love you; I'm just giving you a hard time :)
The thrift shop tip is one I would highly endorse. The costume I made for Halloween this year started with the accessory that I found at the Good Will (the creepiest antique doll ever) and I build my costume around that concept.