This year for Halloween, Elijah wanted to be Michael Jordan. Easy right, just get a jersey and carry a basketball. Wrong- not easy if you’re this mom right here. Not only do I apparently enjoy waiting until the last minute every year to get a costume for him, I also enjoy the panicky feeling of not being able to find him the costume he wants. Next option was to be a geek. That’s easy enough, we only needed a pair of suspenders. I wasn’t going to spend a bunch of money (and by a bunch I mean more than $5) on something he was only going to wear once, so Goodwill it was. No suspenders there. I was trying to convince him to use the same costume from last year, which was not so fun for him, but super cheap for me.
I happened up on a rack of clothes, and saw this hideous dress. I said “Or you could be a pretty pretty princess” half joking. Well, he jumped at the chance and took it to the dressing room. It fit, was $5, and he was cracking up about it. Cracking up. Next stop was Marc’s to see about a wig, and any other ‘accessories’ he might want. So with less than $15 into this costume, this was the final product:
So to me, Halloween is about having fun and dressing up. To Elijah and his friends, it’s about getting candy, and having fun and dressing up. And getting candy. Dressing up like girls on Halloween was funny to them. Yet there was a group of girls who kept saying how ‘weird’ they were for dressing up like girls, and a kid from one of their classes who said they just ‘weren’t right’. I know that kids are mean, but it’s Halloween for crying out loud. what makes dressing up as a zombie, or a vampire, or a geek OK, but not dressing up as a cheerleader, or a ‘girl’?
I would be worried if Elijah wanted to dress up in girl clothes year round, or snuck around and dressed up like a girl, but he doesn’t. It’s Halloween, which to kids, is a fun time to dress up and be something you’re not for a few hours. Be silly, and laugh with your friends. Race from house to house to see who can ring the doorbell first and get the best pick of candy. They don’t know the dark side to Halloween and how some people celebrate it. And that’s how I’d like to keep it.