Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Great Costume Hunt of '11

I really shouldn't be writing this right now. I should be sewing and cutting and gluing and glittering ... Halloween is only a few days away and we are SO not ready.

Just like every other year we began talking costumes in September. By the beginning of October everyone had settled on something; a vampire, a princess and a Batman ... easy. Last week everyone began having second thoughts.

Crafty wanted to be Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog but we were having trouble finding a suitable costume so she switched to Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. That was great because we already have that costume. The she changed her mind again and wanted to be an angel. Okay, fine, be an angel. I can work with that.

Dude had his heart set on being Vladimir Tod from Heather Brewer's books The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Great! All we need is a pale face, dark floppy hair, a pair of chucks and a set of fangs. Perfect! Not so perfect. Dude really wanted to wear a smiley face hoodie (from the book cover) but we had trouble getting it delivered to Canada in time so he decided not to be Vlad this year. He thought about Indiana Jones, Will Turner or a Mad Scientist but finally settled on King Arthur.

Mischief wanted to be Batman, he always wants to be Batman until the night he decided to be Jackie Chan. I sat there looking at my 7 year old, so-pale-he's-almost-translucent son and wondered how to turn him into a 57 year old Chinese martial arts master. His Jackie Chan dreams lasted for a couple of days and then the weather turned cold and his eyes turned toward his very fuzzy warm Wild Thing costume. On his way to find his Wild Thing costume he was distracted by the Jedi costume so now he's going to be a Jedi.


That still leaves me to find an angel and a knight so I headed out to Walmart. As I was wading through a sea of Tron, Iron Man, Tinker Belle and Lady Gaga (yeah, that's right ... there's Lady Gaga costumes out there) costumes I realized that the world is a crazy place. if my kids wanted to be zombies, psychopathic murderers, devils, ghouls or 'trashy' anything finding a costume would be super easy but trying to find costumes that depict positive characters and fully cover my 9 year old daughter's body seems like a nearly impossible task ... especially if I don't want to pay a fortune for a costume that won't even last the night.

So back to sewing and gluing ....

Happy Costume and Candy day!
Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story. ~Mason Cooley

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