Halloween comes around once per year and every year it requires costume shopping, but before costume shopping can begin, we have to come up with a costume theme. Once upon a time, this simply involved what I was in the mood to do. I’ve worn a costume on Halloween every year since I was five years old.
As a child, I wore them to go trick or treating. As a teenager, I wore them to escort the kids I babysat around to trick or treat. By the time I was in my twenties, I wore them to costume parties and to the office. Finally, we arrived in my thirties and it wasn’t about my costume anymore, but about my kiddo’s.
Finding the Right Costume
The first year it was pumpkin, then a princess. The princess costume was really great the second year she wore it because it was the full yellow, Belle regalia while we were partying it up at Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. Every year, she was a princess, a fairy and even a cat. Then last year, it got exciting.
She wanted to be something different and she wanted Mom to play.
She was Alice in Zombieland and I was the Queen of Hearts that had to chop off her head. Macabre? Absolutely. Fun?
This year, it’s Medusa with all her slithery, crawly snakes (shudder) and I’m the peacock, the holy bird of Hera who keeps a watchful eye over the gorgon.
Yes, my daughter has an imagination.
Once Upon a Time…
Once upon a time, I dressed up as an Indian maiden, a cowboy, a witch and even Batgirl (something I have in common with my daughter). Dressing up was about having fun and getting candy. Now, dressing up is about the story and the play and delighting in the wonderful fun that my daughter creates. It’s the one day a year, I don’t have to come up with the story.
I just have to play the part.
What’s your favorite thing about dressing up for Halloween?
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