This should come as no surprise to you.
Because after all, I'm the one who hates birthday parties, dresses my child in girl pants, and was guilty of actually forgetting one of the rascals' birthdays. (I'm as proud of my mad parenting skillz as you are.)
But...I don't like Halloween.
I'll be honest with you....
It does have a bit to do with the historical aspects of Halloween that have given me the initial sour tastes in my mouth. I just don't like it. But, I have come to the point of realizing that dressing up in a superhero costume and begging candy off your neighbor isn't really that big of a deal. We do, however, stay away from all things scary and haunted and gross.
I so wish that I could just take hold of that whole "We Don't Do Halloween" thing and run with it. But, then I'd be lying to everyone.
Because really what it boils down to is that I just despise the whole costume THING. And the fact that our town STINKS like skunk when it comes to Halloween-alternative activities also makes me just want to go to sleep on October 30 and not wake up until November.
Here's my take on the costume thing. When I was growing up, my parents let me participate in Halloween activities like trick-or-treating and such, but we always, always, always MADE our costumes. I was a gypsy and a hobo for years on end...because we scrounged around for stuff at home. I'd get into my mama's makeup and doll up in my grandma's jewelry. It's just what we did.
But now everything is so commercialized. The racks and racks of neatly packaged costumes that cost $19.99 for cheap polyester hypnotize my children and put these weird voo-doo spells on them. And it isn't that I can't say "no." Because I can say "no." It is the whining and perpetual asking for polyester that just makes me want to pull my hair out one blessed strand at a time.
$19.99 x 3 = $59.97 for paper costumes
Do you know what we can do with $59.97?????? But the children don't tend to think in terms of $59.97. They only think in terms of what's hanging on those racks. (Do you know that one of my boys actually wanted to be a guy from KISS this year? Why? Not because they know who KISS is...but because it was hanging there. Case in point.)
So this year (actually just yesterday...because I procrastinate), I put my foot down.
Each kid got $5.00 to spend on Halloween costumes. They could use it to buy supplies to MAKE something (wahoo!!) or they could buy makeup or they could buy something to go with a costume that we already had at home.
.....let me interject here with the fact that we have a costume/dress-up cabinet at home that has no less than 48,397,342 costumes in it of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Masks. Hats. Shoes. You name it. But, of course, none of those were "good enough".....
And I'm pleased to report that after much whining and crying over not getting to buy the prepackaged Obi Wan Kenobi or Gene Simmons or Michael Jackson (yes, MJ) costume, we came out successful.
And today the children are excited about their costumes.
Tate found an army guy hat that he desperately wanted, and when he remembered that we had a soldier costume in the dress-up cabinet...he was thrilled. $2.99 for army guy hat -- Score.
Keaton decided that he wanted to be a book. Yes. A book. So today we are turning him into a book about whales (his choice), and he is going to end up looking relatively like one of those "The End Is Near" guys from New York City. But he's happy, so I'm happy. $3.29 for foam board. $1.29 for elastic. -- Score.
And then there was Sawyer. He was dead set on being a ninja. And making a ninja costume would be easy IF you owned a black sweatsuit. We don't. (Well...we do, but it has red paint all over it from when one of the boys painted the dog house. And last time I checked....ninjas don't do paint stains.) So, we priced everything at the store and GASP! it was going to come out cheaper to just buy the polyester get-up in the package then to buy a hoodie and britches and red material to make all the masks and ties and stuff that he was sure he needed to be an authentic ninja.
So we hatched a deal. I'd put my $5 towards a ninja costume. But he'd have to foot the rest if he wanted it that badly. Smart kid spotted a $12 ninja costume (which was nowhere near as elaborate as the $19.99 one that he was eyeing) and decided that it was just fine. And he decided that $7 was worth being able to hi-yah his way around the streets tonight. $12 for a ninja costume. -- Kinda score. (Because I put the $7 back in his piggy bank without him knowing it...I'm a sucker like that.)
Ah....Halloween. My least favorite of all the holidays.
But I'm putting on my big girl britches tonight and making the most of it. I'll parade my soldier, book, and ninja up and down the streets, and I'll come home and fish all the good candy out of their buckets. I'll tell them that I need to "inspect" those pieces, and then I'll eat them.
And then we'll wake up tomorrow and it will be November.
And it will be time to get ready for my two favorite holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now those I can get excited about.
This should come as no surprise to you.