Every year the week before Halloween is a troublesome time for me as a mom. I don't want to buy a costume for my kids at Wal-mart. I want them to get creative with a costume and yet have been discouraged by their (okay, mostly my daughter's) unwillingness to be flexible. The mermaid costume I make will not be as ubiquitous and as perfect as a plastic one from a chain store.
In the past several years I have privately vowed not helped them hardly at all with regards to Halloween costumes, only to be disappointed later. I will take them to the good-will thrift shop, and sit in a floral love-seat while they rummage through old t-shirts. I will apply cat and Ang/Avatar make-up. I will not spend hours making them a costume only to have my son wear something else at the last minute in a panic. I am learning how to mother better, not more.
This year is no different. I have been promoting more creative costumes, and brain-storming with them. My daughter will likely be some colorful, whimsical-something-or-other, bemoaning that she does not have a plastic costume from K-mart, and cute as a button! My son this year wants to be a hiker. He thought of this all on his own. I thought it was a great and creative idea.