THIS POST IS IN HONOR OF WHAT I'LL BE DOING THIS WEEKEND - MAKING RYAN'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME - READ ON...
2011 - the first year all three of my kids have had opinions on what they are going to be for Halloween.
My mother used to just stick us in whatever SHE wanted literally every single Halloween I can remember. One year, I think I was about 9, she made me wear a Court Jester "costume" (note I had no idea what a Court Jester even was). She put pantyhose on my head as the jester hat and handed me a baby rattle. Child abuse.
Long gone are the days of just telling them what they were going to be and them not being smart enough to argue. In fact, for their first Halloweens they all wore the same pair of Target pumpkin PJs. And I'm realizing 8 years later that I don't have a picture of Ryan in them.
So getting to my point - Ryan. The coolest kid on the planet. NOT the easiest kid to dress for Halloween.
Like his mother, he has opinions. And once an opinion is formed, it's pretty hard to change it.
I should have known this was going to be a problem the year he was 3 and decided he wanted to be a kangaroo. And as you can imagine, they don't sell cheap kangaroo costumes at Walmart so I was given no choice but to buy a ridiculously expensive one online. And it was yellow?
We walked around our neighborhood in South Florida October heat all sweaty and nasty with a kid in a flannel costume. And despite the fact that the costume came complete with a pouch and joey, numerous people commented how cute "she" was in her "kitty cat costume." Idiots.
Now think about this - what do you dress a kid up as when get older and there are no readily-available costumes that they like? Store costumes for older kids are pretty much all 'characters' or scary. You have to get creative.
Instead, that year we learned that he is completely obsessed with Disney like his father. But by age 4 you don't just buy your kid in a Mickey Mouse costume any more. They only make those for babies. So we picked up a "Sorcerer Mickey" hat at Disney World and elicited the help of his grandmother to make him a robe. Walmart costumes never looked so good. I dropped about $60 by the time we were done with this little ditty.
Luckily, he wore it the next year for the Story Book Character - non Halloween parade held on October 31 at his school. Yes I'm still bitter about the birthday.
He's 8 and was wearing it last week...
So far though, my claim to fame was 2009's scuba diver costume with soda bottle scuba tanks, straps made out of a dollar store dog leash and "mouth breathey thing" made out of wire tubing. Let's not forget the head piece with foam sea life.
He wanted so badly to walk around with the mask over his eyes, but he kept fogging it up.
Again like me, he's a stickler for authenticity.
So this year, I came up with the idea and he jumped right on it. I'm going to make you wait in suspense until my next blog post.
As a teaser, I'll let you know that it required two pieces of foam core and several pieces of craft foam from Michaels.
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