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When I was a kid, Halloween costumes centered on the theme of, whatever will still look like a costume after you put your winter jacket on. A lot of possibly toxic facepaint was used, and I think I really nailed that clown look back in 1987.
These days it seems kids take their cues from what they watch. OK, that’s probably what we wanted back then too, but when you didn’t have as many choices in terms of shows or fandoms, the options reflected that. I don’t mind my kids wanting to dress up like their favorite characters, but I also don’t want to spend $50+ on a costume they’ll only wear once. (Seriously, is there a costume swap out there? Because there needs to be.)
We all love Halloween and dressing up, so we’ve taken the family route a couple of years. Easy, fun, and everyone on the street loves it.
As the kids get older, this gets harder to do, though I think they’ll come back around to themed costumes soon. I mean, you can’t really beat a family costume, in my opinion, and we’re still kicking it back to our pop culture influences. Certain things make more sense than others, though. But as long as it’s all in the same fan universe, it works.
And come on, baby R2!
Above, the only five seconds in which the lion wore his mane.
Now, this year the kids are taking their notes from their current obsessions. The big kid is ALL THINGS POKEMON right now (his birthday haul was ridic) so of course when I suggested he be Ash, the main trainer of the show, he jumped. Since I’m not a crafty sewing person, I ordered a costume online — which turned out to be shipped from Japan — and we made our own Pokeballs.
Halloween these days is kind of funny. We dress up as characters that aren’t particularly spooky or scary, take our kids door to door for candy while the adults drink, and then half the candy ends up in the trash. There’s something to be said for tradition and ritual, but you’ve got to admit we’re pretty odd.
Are your kids taking cues from their favorite shows for costumes this year? Do your kids also forget about their candy haul five days later? What are the odds of having to carry my preschooler all night?