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Oct 012012

How to Choose a Costume for Your Child {or not}

This will be Aiden’s third Halloween. His first Halloween costume was a cute little puppy. I went to the store at the last minute and found a costume that we both liked. He seemed to respond most positively to the puppy. There were few choices, but they were all on sale. I was pleased with the choice.

Halloween 2010

Last year, he chose to be a ninja. We went to the first store and browsed the costume aisles up and down. We found a few possible options. I like to comparison shop, so we went to another store. The second store had more Halloween costume options. We perused the choices for a long while. We found a couple costumes. Aiden (an almost 2 year old) didn’t seem to care about them at all. He just wanted to run around. Then, we happened upon a toy sword. Aiden’s eyes lit up. He liked the toy sword. We found a ninja costume. He liked the snake on the costume. Finally, we found something that would work.

Halloween 2011

This year I am planning for Halloween costumes earlier than I have in the past. I am considering making my own. I also thought I would let Aiden completely choose what he wants to be. At almost 3 years old, he has a grand imagination, good verbal skills, and decent decision-making skills {most of the time}.

I was reading Red Ted Art’s post about an upcycled Batman costume. Aiden saw the picture of Red Ted and BatBunny and asked what it was. I told him Red Ted was dressed up as Batman – a super hero like Spiderman. {I’m still not exactly sure why he knows who Spiderman is. I’m thinking it’s because my brother wears Spiderman t-shirts, has a Spiderman on his key chain, and has a Spiderman poster. Yes, that’s why.} I asked Aiden if he wanted to dress up like Batman. He said no. I asked if he would like to dress up like Spiderman. Again, he said no. I started naming animals {dinosaurs, dogs, etc.} and asked if he wanted to dress up like those. He said no to all of them. I said, “What would you like to be then?” Aiden replied, “A man.” “Do you want to be Batman or Spiderman?” I asked thinking that’s what he meant. Aiden said, “No, just a man.” I gave up on the discussion for the time being. We weren’t getting anywhere.

On another day, Aiden said he wanted to be a horse. I don’t even think we were talking about costumes. He was riding his toy horse around the house {that he is really too big for btw} and just blurted out that he wanted to dress up like a horse. I asked him if he wanted to be a cowboy. He replied, “No, I want to be a horse. Or a man.” Where is this coming from? What kind of man? He doesn’t know. Fireman? Policeman? No.

I finally showed him pictures of lots of costumes. We went through each one, and I asked him if he wanted to be ____. I got lots of no’s at first. Then, an occasional yes. I wrote down all of the yes’s so we could come back to them another day.

Here’s the funniest response I got: When asked if he wanted to be a bird, Aiden said, “No, I don’t want to fall.” I was really hoping for a yes to the bird. I have a cool idea for a costume. Maybe I’ll just have to make it for me.

My husband thought it would be a cool idea for Aiden to dress up like a deep sea anglerfish. He asked if it would be too scary for other kids. I have no idea. Giant, sharp teeth and an overhead, bioluminescent lure? You be the judge. He showed Aiden a picture of the fish. Aiden thought it was the coolest thing he saw all night. The deep sea angler was added to the list although I have no idea how I would pull that one off without it looking horrid and awful.

So here is Aiden’s current list of Halloween costume choices in no particular order:

  • A man
  • horse {Removed from the list by Aiden. No reason given.}
  • alligator
  • dinosaur
  • spider
  • purple crayon {changed from orange crayon}
  • Piglet
  • mouse
  • fire {A fire fighter? No. Fire. Umm…okay…}
  • deep sea anglerfish
  • porcupine
  • tree {random suggestion from Patrick aka Daddy}
  • flashlight {A random suggestion from me as we were starting to think he was saying yes to everything. I then suggested something else and he said no.}
  • pumpkin {Removed from the list because he already has a pumpkin costume and dresses up in it often.}
  • bat

Now we have to narrow this list down. Any suggestions? Please share.

How do you choose your Halloween costumes?

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  9 Responses to “How to Choose a Halloween Costume for Your Child {Or Not}”

  1. The deep sea anglerfish would be AWESOME! It’s not too scary, and it would be totally original! Has he seen Finding Nemo? That might give a scary impression of it, but I think it’s a prehistoric fish (need to ask Patrick) so it’s dino-related. yay for homemade costumes!

    • Aiden hasn’t seen Finding Nemo, so his opinion of the angler hasn’t been tainted. I have no idea how I would make that costume without it looking terrible…

  2. Oh boy does this sounds like what I’ve been going through with my two girls, especially my 2 year old. She doesn’t like anything and although she loves to dress up I’m fairly sure she’ll refuse to wear anything too “costume like” come Halloween, that’s just how she rolls. haha But my almost 5 year old has had a horrible time deciding. I think they were given too many choices. As of right now we’re doing vikings though.

    • Vikings sound fun! I think my son had way too many choices. He still can’t decide, so I’m choosing for him. Hopefully, he’ll agree to wear it!

  3. JDaniel declared he wanted to be cat, then a dog, and then a mouse. I bought a gray sweatsuit and mouse headpiece before he could change his mind again.

    • That’s good thinking. Aiden loves to dress up, but every time I ask him what he wants to be, he says something different. I’m just going to choose for him.

  4. Little A is still too small to have an opinion about what she wants to be so that makes the decision a bit easier. Her papa and I looked at several different stores and ended up getting one at a consignment store for $10. She looks so cute…

  5. My first child would pick her costume for the next year the day after Halloween. And she would stick with that decision too, so that made it great to come up with fun ideas to either make, sew, or buy her costume.

    My next two…not so easy. I start asking in September and once they decide, they stick with it. This year…we’re going as a puppy and a kitty. (The oldest…well, she thinks she’s too cool and too old now to dress up :))

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