Our daughter has a long history of strong opinions about her Halloween costumes. When she was a baby, she was a farmer. Easy enough. The next year I made a Trick-or-Treat bag costume for her that I absolutely loved and she tolerated. She has always loved to dance, so the year after that we planned for her to be a ballerina thinking that she could play with the costume after Halloween. We got ballerina dolls as gifts for her that year and everything. And then on the way out the door to Trunk-or-Treat she totally vetoed the ballerina costume and opted to wear a too small IU cheerleader outfit she had in the back of her closet instead. We learned our lesson. From then on, we let her pick the costumes. It’s made Halloween much easier and more fun. She loves ancient Egypt, so last year she dressed as Nefertiti and carried a mummy pumpkin. And, oh my goodness, have we gotten our money’s worth out of that costume – it’s been worn countless times since Halloween 2016. This year she has chosen to be a puppy, and seems very enthusiastic about the idea, so fingers crossed that this year will go well again.
Her most creative Halloween costume request to date though was the year she declared, “I want to be a white crayon that draws on black paper.” At first I panicked – how in the world was I going to make that costume?? But after a few searches on Amazon, it turned out to be the easiest costume ever. We found her this white crayon shirt on Amazon.
We added white jeans (that was the hardest part of the costume actually – trying to find white pants in the stores leftover from summer in October – thank you Target!!) and a white winter hat with a pompom on top. Voila! A white crayon. For the drawing on black paper part, we got my husband a black t-shirt and we all painted white designs on it to make it look like a white crayon had been coloring on it.
And then for the the icing on the cake, a couple days before Halloween I remembered that I had a very old crayon sweater tucked away in a drawer.
I got it in the 90s when they were making all these sweaters with name brands on it. I loved it at the time, and then thought that as a future teacher I should save it forever because I might have a need for a crayon sweater someday. I just never thought it would be to coordinate with my daughter’s Halloween costume!
So it turned out that our daughter’s funny idea for a Halloween costume ended up being a fun and easy idea for a whole set of family costumes!