We theme-it-up for Halloween in our home. And by "we" I mean the kids. My only job for Halloween is to make the theme happen. Since I was a child, I've hated Halloween. It's never been of any interest to me, because I have never, nor will I ever, understand why people want to be something else. It's odd, to me. However, my kids? My kids love Halloween. They love to dress up, and be different people. Both of them love acting, too. Where did I go wrong?
We theme-it-up for Halloween
When the kids were babies, we just found whatever we could find to fit the kids, and bought it. Neither had a choice as babies, and pretty much had no clue what was going on. Whatever our daughter wore one year, my son inherited the following year. Lion, check. Bumblebee, check.
Then my daughter turned 3, and she started to ask to be stuff. What is this nonsense? Where did she learn she could ask to be something? My son, he was happy just holding out a bag and getting candy, and cared very little about what he was dressed as. I could have put a garbage bag on him, and called him a ghost, and he'd have been happy.
Then, it all changed. Little Miss decided she wanted to be Tinker Bell, and of course, The Boy insisted on being a pirate. Jake, from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, to be exact. It was out of control. Slowly, the two of them started to get together before Halloween, and instead of just picking random costumes, they themed their requests.
My children, two year age difference, teamed up against me and decided to make Halloween much harder for me last year. Inside Out was the request, and Joy and Anger were the precise costumes they wanted. Joy was easy, Anger was a bit more difficult and required a lot of do-it-yourself nonsense. However, I made it all happen. They worse those costumes to school, to trick-or-treat, and to their cousin's Halloween inspired Sweet 16.
This year, I cringed when I asked "Kids, what do you want to be for Halloween?" The Boy yelled out "Mad Hatter from the movie we saw at Disney Social Media Moms." My little miss broke into a huge smile "Alice, from the same movie."
I won't lie, my heart stopped. "Where the hell will I find these costumes? Who the hell wants to be these characters besides my two weirdo kids? Dang it, I don't want to do any do-it-yourself stuff this year." But I played it cool, and calmly answered "I'll see what I can find, but have a back-up plan."
As luck would have it
As luck would have it, I found costumes rather easily. Mad Hatter was easier, Alice was a bit harder. Alice changes outfits a few times through the movie, and Little Miss had her heart set on one specific one. However, I couldn't find that one, and found the Asian-inspired Alice costume one instead. She hemmed, and hawed and finally nodded her approval.
Personally, I don't get the love of Halloween, but if the kids want to participate, I'm here to make it happen. If your kids have no clue what the heck to be, when it doubt, theme-it-out for Halloween. Sometimes, it just works! Our second year doing it, and the kids are ecstatic with their costumes. The Boy wears the hat around the house, and Little Miss has hers hanging in her room so she can look at it all the time. Both costumes are really detailed, and I'm impressed!