The Halloween Countdown: Choosing a Costume
Knock knock. Who’s there, you say? It’s Halloween. Or, if you believe the displays in the stores – Christmas – but I’m not going there yet. Since we’re mere days away from October (how exactly did this happen?) it’s time for me to start planning our costumes.
Big surprise that the lady with who blogs about the importance of dress up and imaginative play likes Halloween, right? Of course I don’t want to disappoint you – I love it. In truth, though, more than the candy or the trick-or-treating (and definitely more than the haunted houses – I sat down partway through one in high school and had to be carried out – this girl doesn’t do haunted houses!) I love planning for Halloween.
My children have been paging through catalogs, listing all the possible options for their costumes. They want to be: a mummy, Ironman, a witch, a fairy, a Pink Lady, a gnome, Harry Potter, Captain America, a princess, a butterfly and more. Oh yeah – I still only have three kids. They’re a little spoiled with thinking that they can be more than one thing because usually, they are. We’ve been involved with our local multiples group here since the twins were about 6 months old, and the annual Halloween party is a tradition. Add to that parties at their aunt and uncle’s house and possibly actually going trick-or-treating, and there are multiple occasions for dressing up.
In years past, we’ve planned at least one set of costumes as a family. For example, one year my first little princess was Cinderella, my husband was her Prince Charming, I filled in for the fairy godmother, and the little ones made excellent mice. Another year we honored Alice in Wonderland, with Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and the Dormouse. Finally, we were the cast of Toy Story 3, with appearances by Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Barbie, and a guest appearance by Little Bo Peep (we missed her!).
Part of the fun for me is that I don’t just head out to the store and buy pre-costumes. I like to put them together through thrift store finds, things around the house, and (sometimes) specially made costumes (like the gorgeous Alice dress I couldn’t pass up). It’s a month of planning for a few hours – but so much fun for me, and for them.
So here we are, approaching the big day. In years past, it was easier to find themes that worked for everyone. Now all three of the kids want something different, and I’m struggling to find something that will work – or to give up on the family costume. So I’m looking for advice. Does this mean it is time to move past the family fun of dressing up together? And if not, do you have any suggestions for me? What have been your favorite Halloween costumes?