If mom is seeing pretty princess and daughter is thinking Gothic Vapire it can be hard to find middle ground. Those moms with little boys don’t have it any easier. From the gross out masks that spew red goo to the wide array of weaponry, boys’ costumes can be just as challenging to choose.
Find Common Ground
So how does one find a costume that both mom and kid can agree on? Start by sitting down with the kids and discussing what type of costumes they have in mind. A great tool is the internet. Start with a website like buycostumes.com. Here mom can search by gender, category (i.e. horror, classics), or brand.
What if the kids have no idea what they want to be? No problem, this website allows viewers to search under the most popular choices for both boys and girls. With literally hundreds of costumes to choose from, there has to be one mom and kids can both agree on.
If the online prices are too steep for the wallet, stores like Target or Wal-Mart have tons of choices for under $20. Still can’t find something thrilling? A homemade costume is a great alternative. Websites like familyfun.com offer lots of suggestions for truly clever, creative costumes that require little or no sewing.
Accessories Make the Costume!
Sometimes all it takes are great accessories to make the costume. For example, a simple black dress on a little girl can make a great witch costume with the simple addition of a black hat and a broomstick. What little girl doesn’t have a party dress? Add a crown and some costume jewelry and poof, she’s a princess. For a little boy, dress him in a black shirt and pants. Now add a black top hat and magic wand and presto, he’s a magician.
When costume shopping, keep an open mind. Don’t be rigid with what costumes boys and girls are supposed to wear. For example a girl can make a great pirate. Not every little girl wants to be a fairy princess and that’s fine! Some girls don’t want to be in something pretty and pink, but would rather be scary.
If the situation is reversed, however, it can be somewhat trickier. All moms know how other kids can tease, and no mom wants to see her child’s feelings hurt. So, if a little boy has his heart set on being Pocahontas, it’s really up to mom to decide how to best handle the situation.
Remember Halloween costume shopping is supposed to be fun! But please plan in advance. Allow plenty of time for a homemade costume to come together. And please, if purchasing on-line or in a store, avoid unnecessary last minute shopping and express shipping charges! Running out the day before Halloween and fighting over the last Hannah Montana costume is bound to spell disaster for both mom and child!