Letting Kids Choose Their Own Halloween Costume
At three, this is the first Halloween where Liam really gets it. He gets that he picks out a costume, he gets that he wears the costume and he definitely gets that people give him candy. This year Liam has declared he would like to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween. I’m all for it. He’s already got the ears from our trip to Disney World in March and the rest of the costume is a pretty easy DIY (except for the shoes….there seems to be no good options for Mickey shoes). By the way, he’s also declared that I need to dress up as Minnie Mouse and his dad as Goofy. We’re hoping he forgets that part but he hasn’t let it go yet.
I’ve hesitated to buy the costume supplies because I’m anxious he’s going to pull a last minute switch on me – you know, the kind you always hear from parents whose child decided the day before Halloween they want to be something completely different than the painstakingly put-together costume their parents already crafted. I’m more than a little nervous about that with Liam because he’s so young and his interests seem to change so quickly. He was all about trains not so long ago, then it was all about cars. Until he saw the movie Planes, then he was all about planes until he cycled back and was all about cars again. His favorite color changes faster than Guido changes a tire (that joke is dedicated to moms with sons as obsessed with the movie Cars as mine). Despite him seeming dead-set on a Mickey costume for a few weeks now, an eternity in preschooler world, I’m unconvinced. I have zero interest in either waiting until the last minute for a costume or rolling with a change of costume once everything has been purchased/made. I’m thinking some point soon of declaring a point of no return – he’s going to be Mickey at that point regardless of whether he changes his mind or not. But then, I hate the idea of him not being excited about his costume either.
So what’s a parent of a (sometimes) “threenager” to do? Buy the costume and should he change his mind tell him it’s too late? Wait to see where things shake out? How do you handle the Halloween costume decision process with your kids?