Emily Wyckoff

“But I don’t want to wear my costume!”

I was looking through some random photographs the other day and came across a few from past Halloweens. A consistent theme throughout the pictures was that one of my kids was either not in a costume or crying on various Halloweens. Kids lined up on the porch happily smiling in chosen costume with accessories? Not so much. Kids out of sorts because they a) didn’t want to wear their costume, b) were freaked out by seeing all of the other kids in their costumes and looking kind of scary, or c) woke up from their nap just generally out of sorts? Absolutely.

My kids are a little bit older now (3, 5 and 7), so they are now definitely more excited about Halloween, wearing their costumes and generally participating in the typical Halloween festivities of costume parties, trick or treating, etc. It has been a long road however. There was the year my younger daughter refused to wear the adorable bunny costume that I had thoroughly prepped her on (she must have been somewhere around age 2) ; the moment I pulled it out on the big day, she burst into tears and I caught myself actually trying to force her to wear her costume. I was being ridiculous of course and quickly realized such.  There was another year where my son was a lion but wouldn’t put the hood up – the main “lion” part of the costume – and I kept trying to pull the hood up. This was one of the years during which many of the crying pictures were taken.

Halloween is kind of scary for a lot of little kids. It’s dark. People don’t look like themselves. It’s hard to recognize familiar faces. Lots of strangers are talking to you. I found that my kids actually prefer to be home handing out candy than trick or treating for themselves (they’ll learn quickly, I am sure). So far, everyone is content to trick or treat at 10 or so houses on our block and them head home and camp out on our porch and take turns handing out treats to the masses. That’s where you’ll find my family this year I am sure, as I can predict my Super Man will refuse to wear his cape, my pink Power Ranger will quickly shed her costume and don her pjs, and my witch will be sporting the dress which has already started to come apart from so much pre-Halloween wear. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Halloween!


6 Responses to ““But I don’t want to wear my costume!””

  1. Your Halloween sounds just like our Halloween!! Funny how the costumes never look as gorgeous as the one that got away, at least to my daughter ;)

    Happy Halloween!!

    Colleen

  2. Cassie says:

    now im only 16, so i don’t have any kids, but my brother used to be like that all the time when he was younger.
    xo cassie xo

  3. Star says:

    Sounds likea fun Halloween. Thats how my husband acts for Halloween he won’t wear the costume i picked out for him either but he finally did and i also got a kiss.

  4. Kimberly says:

    This story was so cute, I loved it. My nieces are six and they first went trick or treating last year. They’re twins, so needless to say, they both wanted the same costume, well, when they both got into them and saw each other, they burst into tears. One ran to my sister, and the other ran to my brother-in-law, both complaining that they were wearing the same thing. Finally, they calmed down, and they had a night full of fun and enjoyment. Not to mention all the candy they got…

  5. John says:

    My eldest son loves lego bionicles and has since he first saw them at the toy shop and for the past 3 years he’s had the same bionicle costume! easy and cheap( not buying a new costume every year!)

  6. On my grandson’s first Halloween outing his mom and dad paid big bucks for a “Big Bird” costume. It was adorable with the feet and legs rubberized, plump body and perfect head with a great beak. He was only allowed to go to five places and the last one was mine.
    I heard the tiniest of knocks and went to the door to see him as he
    yanked off his ‘head’ and growled ” I’m a monster!” His dad looked at me and said ” He’s done this at every place we went….not one person has seen this costume YET..and nobody but his parents ever did.

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