Is it mean that I crush my children's childhood dreams of being a Clone Trooper or Lalaloopsy? Probably. But I just can't get on board with my children picking their costumes out MONTHS in advance and then dropping $40 on each one...and THEN changing their minds about what they desperately want to be. Halloween costumes are insanely expensive. And if you think about it, they are a colossal waste of money. They are worn for a few hours at most, are cheap pieces of shit that fall apart after visiting no more than six houses, are worn when it's DARK out so who the hell can even tell what the child is supposed to be, and for those of you in colder climates chances are your little princess or Jedi is going to be wearing their fluffy marshmallow coat, boots, hats, and mittens over their costumes anyway. Why spend the money? Or at least the insane amounts they want for some of those costumes. You can buy a whoooooooooooole lotta groceries with Halloween costume money. The year my Mr. bought the costumes I just kept picturing the kids walking around as boneless skinless chicken breasts, pork loin, produce, and other necessary staple pantry items...when asked what my kids were dressing up as for Halloween that year, I'm quite certain I replied chicken cordon bleu with steamed vegetables, chicken alfredo lasagna with a mixed salad, and loaded baked potato soup.
So it may be mean of me to squash their visions but I DO buy Halloween costumes and then GENTLY steer my children in the direction of those costumes. The ones happily housed in my Buick sized storage bin with pretty little clearance stickers on them. I always make sure I buy costumes that I KNOW my kids would have a least a small amount of interest in. I wouldn't buy a Thomas the Train in the hopes that my princess loving 4 year old would love it and want to sleep in it dreaming blissfully of Percy and Sir Topham Hatt. I wouldn't buy a Harry Potter themed costume for my son who is convinced that he truly is a Jedi in training. They usually get so excited by the costume overflow that they forget about the low quality high priced crap they saw at the store. Who needs that when mom has a bucket FULL of low quality low priced crap right here???