Halloween Costume Fun

Pirate And Swat Costumes

Yep, Halloween is upon us. I would like to say that I’m shocked, can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly, but you’ve all heard that before. Plus, even through Halloween is one holiday I honestly try to avoid, my boys have had their costumes since Aug. 10. Yes, Aug. 10. I realize how ridiculous this may sound, but we were on a routine trip to Costco to stock up on, well everything, and they had just put out the Halloween costumes. My hubby and I looked at each other, shrugged and said “Why not? They’re here …” My boys are thrilled to be a Pirate and S.W.A.T. team member for Halloween. Let’s just hope I remember where I stashed the costumes …


Part of the reason I am not a huge fan of Halloween is, as you might imagine, I am not keen on the idea of sending my boys around to amass hordes of candy. Honestly, they are great about not eating much of it, and they are amazing at sorting out anything with peanuts. So we’re not dealing with knockdown drag out fights over binge-eating candy. But I’d rather just not have it in the house.

Plus, it is painful for me to drop a ton of money on a costume that will be worn once, maybe twice if little brother can wear it the following year. That did not however stop me from dropping way too much money on my oldest son’s first Halloween costume. You may remember the fun we had that year: Pinterest-perfect (or not…)

The most fun I have had dressing up for Halloween since the boys were born was in 2012. Over dinner one night, we were asking the boys what they wanted to be for Halloween and after they decided they would be Spiderman and “a football guy.” They were sure of one thing – they wanted Dada to be an alligator and Mama to be a princess. My then 2-year-old was quite clear that “princesses are NOT afraid of alligators!” Since I had clearly done my job in asserting that princesses were not in fact damsels in distress, there was no way I could argue with his suggestion. A princess I would be.

Being the frugal chick I am, I did not want to go out and buy a costume. It fairly immediately occurred to me that I had the perfect dress for the occasion – my wedding gown! While I had not tried on my wedding gown since the day we were wed in 2007, I was guessing it would still fit thanks to my post-baby fitness efforts.

I didn’t tell the boys about my plan because I figured the element of surprise was key. I tried on my wedding gown and it did in fact fit! After I finished squealing, jumping up and down and praising everything I could think of, I got online and ordered a tiara and scepter. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right!

The day of Halloween I took off work a little early, went home, changed into my princess costume and promptly drove to day care to pick up the boys wearing my wedding gown. It was pure awesomeness. I wish I had a picture. I piled out of the car, crendelin and all, and headed straight for their rooms. The boys’ reactions were priceless. They looked up at me with wide-eyed grins and said “Mama! You’re a princess!” I, of course, responded with “Yes, yes I am.”   

My costume plans for Halloween this year have yet to take shape. I’ve been talking for a while about a costume with a cape. Not a specific super hero or anything, I just really want to wear a cape. I am a firm believer that every girl should have a cape. Why the heck not.

Stay tuned for pictures from this Halloween. I hope they are worth sharing.

Until next time,
aka Chick #1


This post was not sponsored. All opinions and selections are my own.

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