Monday, August 25, 2008

Trick or treat!

So I am torn between two Halloween costume ideas for my three-year-old, and maybe you can help by offering up your opinion. Believe it or not, on matters such as this, my boy is still not very opinionated, and if I were to ask his opinion, it would fluctuate daily or be both, neither of which would be any help to me in deciding. Keep in mind our Halloween activities are pretty much limited to the big day itself -- we usually meet up with the cousins that live a few blocks away for trick-or-treating, followed by a trip to our church for the big fun fall festival complete with his favorite, the pony rides. And before anyone goes off on me for getting so excited about Halloween costumes, here is my personal take on the holiday, in a nutshell: I am a Christian, but a Christian who sees the importance in a good imagination, and who even enjoys a few books and movies now and then (cough cough, Harry Potter, cough cough) that have witches and magic in them (banish me now, I tell ya'). I don't really make a big deal out of the holiday -- you probably won't find witches and other such decor at my house, mostly just pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, oh and owls and black cats maybe -- but I did grow up trick-or-treating every year and lived to tell about it without joining the occult, so any children in our house will enjoy the same.

Moving on -- do I order the oh-so-adorable United States Postal Worker costume (representative of the days he makes me want to go postal? I kid, I kid...)?


Or do we go down an entirely different path and have Mama make the Dragon Slayer costume?


I started out completely gung-ho on ordering the mailman costume -- who doesn't love the classic idea of a mailman, and he could put his candy in that bag to boot. (At least I think he could; sometimes on the mass-produced costumes, what you think might be an option may not be. I don't know for sure if the bag is usable.) But then, while at the local JoAnn's yesterday, picking up some batting, I sat down for fun to look through the pattern books (who am I kidding, I was totally wasting time since I was kid-free) and spied the Dragon Slayer costume. My little man loves Dragon Tales on PBS and anything related to dragons and swords and such. Then again, my kid + large plastic sword (which we already own) + church "Fall Festival" could = good times, good times. I'm already picturing in my mind parents and other children running away screaming from my toddler armed with a plastic sword. We'd definitely have to have a few come to Jesus talks about proper plastic sword etiquette. On the other hand, he is fascinated by our mail slot in our house and loves to go with me to our post office where every worker knows him by name, which, of course, in my brain translates to "plenty of great photo opp's". My only worries with the mailman costume are 1. quality, and 2. will the hat stay on his head.

I don't want the decision to be about store-bought versus made-by-me. I've done both in the past, so that really isn't a factor. His first Halloween he was the blue octopus from Babystyle (which they don't have this year), last year he was a skunk (ordered online and not the best quality, but cute nonetheless), and the year before my son came home I had made a frog prince costume for my nephew, hence the costume-making experience. (Here is the frog prince costume, bottom left):

It was dang cute, if I do say so myself. Hmm, decisions, decisions...

7 comments:

Happily Ever After said...

First, I am totally with you on the Halloween thing. While I don't "celebrate" the holiday in it's original, historical, occultic sense, who doesn't love a good costume party with free candy? Come on!

Secondly, I think I will vote for the dragon slayer. I love the postman costume; but I can just picture Henry as the dragon slayer, and it cracks me up. And the sword! Oh heavens! I'm quite certain that his daddy will teach him some great tricks. All I can say is take lots of pictures and post a very detailed blog about the events of the evening! I'm laughing already!
-Amy

~Courtney said...

My vote is for the dragon slayer as well. If you make it, maybe you could personalize it with the family crest? For some reason I think he will be super duper cute with the hood!

Karen said...

KNIGHT! absolutely no question...that is THE costume. do not pass GO. Do NOT collect $200. Just get your kid that costume!

We LOVE Halloween here. We have some friends who don't celebrate it because they "worry about the effects it could have on their kids" oh geez... their poor kids are ITCHING to get out their and do what kids do best. Smile, laugh, be cute and collect mountains of sugar. People make it into far more than it is. We see it as a fun time for our kids, a fun time for us, a chance to mingle with some neighbors we normally don't have time to see & a great family night. Why does it have to be made into more than that? As for the sword - come on, people need to get over it! Let him carry it! I think it's great - it's a costume, a historical costume at that, it's not like you are promoting violence! Have fun!

mo said...

I vote for the mailman because, as a mom of a nine year old boy, there will probably be many knights in his future but probably not a mailman. Plus how many mailmen will be winding their way down the street this Halloween? It will be nice to stand out. Plus I am a sucker for a kid in a uniform!

Tina said...

I agree with Mo. You'll have many more years where he could do the dragon slayer, postman seems easier for a younger child and even though I don't know him, I can see a little boy loving the whole postman thing.

Margaret aka Supermom said...

He's three!...take him shopping and let him decide :-)

LauraJ said...

postman! and the costume could be easy to make... thrift store pants, thrift store button up cotton shirt, homemade patches, you make the bag that he could possibly use later as well after halloween! i make all costumes here for under 10 bucks as much as I can.