Well, it’s September 9th, which means Hallowe’en is six weeks away.
When I was a kid, I wouldn’t even have decided what I wanted for a costume yet. I’d just be getting started with thinking of ideas. Everyone would be expecting to change their minds at least a dozen times before the big day.
My kids are not like that. They decide on a costume, and they do not waver. I’m sure I’d be thrilled by their single-mindedness if I were a crafty mommy who could make Pinterest-worthy costumes from wishes, bailing twine, and Sculpey.
Since I’m not, Hallowe’en is rapidly becoming one of my least-favourite holidays.
This year, Harry wants to be an elf – specifically Legolas, but I think “generic awesome warrior elf” will do. Ron wants to be a hobbit. George of course has no opinion but if I can find a tiny little dwarf or wizard costume that would be awfully cute. Themes are fun! And hey, we’re right in the middle of a Hobbit trilogy movie cycle, surely it will be easy to find costumes?
Well, yes, actually. I found two US costume companies that have what look like decent costumes, at least at first. Then I did a little clicking and discovered that:
- the “Legolas” costume includes a tunic and a belt. Bow, arrows, quiver, blond wig, and elf ears are ALL extras. In other words, all the bits I actually need because even someone as clueless as me can knock up a tunic / belt / cloak combo.
- the “Bilbo Baggins” costume doesn’t include hobbit feet, instead showing a small boy in his bare feet wearing a generic knee-length pants / vest / jacket combo – the hobbit feet are really the key element, and while I’m pretty permissive about some things there is no way I’m letting Ron go trick or treating barefoot.
- there’s a “Gandalf wizard” costume – robe / belt / pointy hat. Again, the beard, wig, and staff are all extra.
Just to see, I pretended I had more money than sense and filled my online shopping cart with everything I would need to give the kids convincing costumes. With shipping, international duties, and taxes, it would cost me ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SEVEN DOLLARS to get my two older kids geared up for maybe an hour’s worth of trick or treating – never mind poor George. You can be a ghost, George. Here’s your sheet.
So, I need to pare down, obviously. I’m going to have to get creative about the ‘accessories’ part. I have some costume bits from last year that will work well for this year, too. I’m sure I can figure it out and the hell of it is, no one in our neighbourhood has ever had a clue what the kids are “supposed to be” anyway.
Turns out that Hallowe’en costumes bring out my inner competi-mommy. Huh. Who knew.