My costume failings are constantly being exacerbated by the pink princess-loving little girl with an unflappable sense of style who is my middle child. In 2011, she was refusing to wear anything un-princess-y. We managed a compromise when I found a mermaid princess costume that was sparkly though not pink. It turns out, as long as there's glitter, a wand, and a beautiful plastic pearl necklace, it doesn't have to be. This discovery almost revolutionized Halloween for me. Almost.
The next year, I decided to push my luck and try for a mini theme. A fortuitous trip to Comic Con with my students convinced me that Power Rangers was the way to go. I mean their masks have Japanese symbols on them. How cool is that? Sky loved the idea of being Red Power Ranger. He thought the "fire" mask was especially awesome and enjoyed posing with his various secret weapons. Here you see him effectively utilizing his freeze ray (conveniently shaped like an LED flashlight).
Stow couldn't have cared less about being Yellow Power Ranger, but who can resist a seventeen-month old with fake muscles and a hat in the shape of the Japanese character for light? Obviously, I couldn't. This is also as close as I was going to get to covering his head or face, so there's that.
The challenge, of course, was Pink P. I knew getting Pink to agree to a non-princess outfit might be difficult. But given the pink-ness of Pink Power Ranger, I thought I had a good chance.
She would not even entertain the thought of being a Power Ranger, and so I had to settle for this. At least it wasn't pink, and her princess of choice a brunette instead of blonde. I take my victories where I can (even when they aren't really victories at all).
That brings me to this year. My batting average at not getting Pink to dress like a princess seemed pretty dismal. As the following useful info-graphics make clear:
|I'm still pretty proud of Mike Wazowski. I could never pull that off today.|
Going into the sixth round of Pink P costume searching this year, I didn't have much hope.
And then Pink P chose this:
Sometimes I'm pretty sure she's just messing with me. I mean, why couldn't she pick this last year when both her brothers were Power Rangers? Honestly, though, I don't care because now my princess to non-princess ratio is 1:1. And, besides, how awesome is that look?
Lest you're worried I got off easy this Halloween, I should tell you that Sky is refusing to dress up. First, he couldn't find a costume he liked. And since I knew I'd be traveling a lot in the weeks leading up to Halloween, I agreed with him that maybe he could just stay home and help hand out candy this year. But then I started worrying that he was avoiding Halloween due to his anxiety and sensory issues and that he really wanted to participate but didn't feel like he could. So, I took him to the Halloween store. You know the one: it pops up in a strip mall near you on about the first of October and is gone by the first of November. Normally, I avoid these stores, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
And, my ploy seemed to work. Sky was immediately drawn to the (admittedly awesome) Minecraft accessories. And, since it was my idea, I couldn't say no.
I'm not going to tell you how much this little get-up cost (shirt from Target, by the way), but I will say it was more than the other two kids' costumes combined. And the best part? Sky's still not sure he wants to wear it. I did manage to get him to wear the t-shirt for the school Halloween parade, but the ridiculously expensive cardboard head and foam pick ax are waiting safely at home.