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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is next week. “On-top-of-it” parents had their children’s Halloween costumes all set weeks ago. Us? Not so much. And it’s all my fault.

This year I was so excited to involve Liam in the process of choosing what to be for Halloween. I so badly wanted him to be excited about his costume that I forgot that while Liam is definitely not a baby any more, he still doesn’t quite get stuff like Halloween yet. To him I might as well have asked what planet he wants to move to (he wants to move to a blue star, in case you were wondering). Originally when I asked what Liam wanted to be for Halloween he said a train. Brad reminded me that at the time, when you ask Liam almost any question his answer is train, but still, I surged forward with the idea and even found some adorable train costumes made out of upcycled diaper boxes.While I think he would have loved the train box, there is NO way he would have worn it. I’m lucky to get pants on him some days. I thought about going the train conductor route but he really has no idea what a train conductor is so it seemed pointless. With that, the train idea was out.

From there, we went through a few weeks of complete indecision, both mine and Liam’s. Liam didn’t seem too excited about any of my ideas and I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on something he didn’t seem excited about. If as you are reading this and you’re thinking, man, she is really over thinking this Halloween costume thing for a two year old then, yes, you are absolutely correct. It’s times like these I realize I AM the crazy parent I used to mock.

Little boy in a Halloween costumeThis weekend we had a breakthrough. Liam declared, probably after getting sick of me asking what he wanted to dress up as, that he would like to be a dinosaur. But not just any dinosaur, an orange dinosaur. We’re in a huge orange phase right at the moment…maybe its all the pumpkins? Regardless, I finally had a direction. The options are pretty limited, it’s basically Buddy from Dinosaur Train (which we’ve never watched although perhaps we should, what better combination is there for a toddler?!) or DIYing. At this point, I’m thinking I’m going to attempt to DIY with an orange sweat suit, some felt, some sub-par sewing skills and likely more than a little hot glue. This is basically the approach I took last year to make his monkey costume and limited skills aside, I think it came out pretty cute…

Worse comes to worse, I figure he can always throw on his Red Sox hat and shirt and a felt beard in support of his (and his dad’s) favorite team. Anyone else still trying to figure out Halloween costumes? Please tell me I’m not the only one who doesn’t have their act together.



  1. MediaMom October 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Too funny. I finally convinced Benjamin to be a basketball player — he loves basketball and I have a full Celtics get-up in his size that he’s never worn. He had embraced the idea fully, and this morning when a friend’s mom asked him what he was going to be for Halloween, he announced “a basketball player! An orange basketball player!”

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