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I’m not sure what I dread more: trick-or-treating in what always seems to be sub-zero temperatures (with rain)? Sorting through the candy and explaining over and over why she can’t eat it? The over-stimulation? The costume, choice which inevitably is a character that companies only make in little kid sizes?
Ah yes, the joys of Halloween
Experts don’t know everything
I’ve followed the recommendations of the experts in order to be successful. In the weeks ahead we practice what to say, talk about what Halloween is, and what’s expected when going door-to-door. Despite all the preparation, oftentimes we’d greet households with, “Candy pleeeeeasssse,” a big huhalloweeg , or dashing into a stranger’s home.
Today we are at a point where my pre-teen now yells “Trick or treat!” with all of the other kids. She (mostly) doesn’t get upset when I offer alternate treats that are gluten/dairy free in exchange for her candy. (It helps that there’s a local group who coordinates sending leftover candy to armed services members overseas).
Costume choices can be challenging as kids get older
Costume choice is challenging, particularly when she falls in love with a character that younger kids like. It’s rare to find them in her size. Additionally, this year we have the added complexity of wearing a bulky scoliosis brace. So, as with so much in our life, we improvise.
Can’t find a costume, DIY!
This year she wants to be Poppy from the Trolls movie, something that trends with smaller kids. With this in mind, I’ve created something that is Poppy-esque, inexpensive and reusable. I started with this great tutorial from the How to Mom, using a headband, pink tulle, some foam flowers from the dollar store and my hot glue gun.
Paring a long sleeved pink tee shirt with a tutu that matches Poppy’s color scheme topped with Poppy hair. BOOM, we have a costume! Not to mention we’ll use leggings (we already have) under the tutu, and can wear the pink tee again.
Now all I need to do is put on my hat, gloves and a smile. Happy Halloween!