Don't Let the Costumes Take Away From the Fun
I've been doing this for long enough to know that I get a thrill out of troubleshooting costume ideas. I had a blast figuring out how to, say, attach a tail the size of my baby to her onesie so we could still do diaper changes or to affix the purple curlicue pipe cleaner to Fear's head. I also know that my family, while happy to dress the parts, don't find the same joy in the process as I do. After nearly forcing a kicking-and-screaming toddler into those ruby slippers, I swore I would never let these costumes become a point of contention that zap the fun out of an otherwise crazy-weird holiday. This year, we're doing a — how shall I put this? — "loose interpretation" of a popular superhero group, with heavy creative input from my children, particularly my 2-year-old. Would I have liked to stay true to the source material? Sure. Is that an insane thing to say regarding a child's Halloween costume? Probably, yes. But after five years of this, I know what matters most in a family Halloween costume is the family.