Every year I look forward to Halloween – almost like a little kid. As a kid, we used to take whatever we could find around the house and create a costume. My favorite part of Halloween was face paint and wigs.
Today, as a parent, Halloween is a bit different. Halloween is now about finding costumes that my kids can wear clothes under to keep them warm (the freak snow storm of 2011 is enough said on that), costumes that are “age appropriate”, and costumes that everyone else won’t be wearing.
A few years ago I went to my first costume swap and I found a way to get inexpensive costumes that the kids love. Last year my baby sported a Nemo costume and my oldest was Tinkerbell (fail on the unique costume criteria).
This year I couldn’t make the swap, but I did hit up a consignment sale in late September and I found the most awesome Clifford costume for my little one. I also found a Spiderman costume that I thought would end up in the dress up box for the kids, but my eldest decided that she wanted to wear it. So I scored!
This year was a good year…but next year, I’ll be back to wracking my brain to find a great costume for the kids.