I read Alaina's Spin about costumes and thought this would be perfect for a debate.
I'm thankful (and lucky) that Sprite has stuck to the original decision she made last year to be Alice in Wonderland for this Halloween. So far, she has not changed her mind, although, for her friend's birthday/ costume party next week, she did proclaim she would wear her Cinderella dress (bridal white complete with glass light up slippers, both bought on clearance at different times, total cost of $25.00.) (I rock. I know.) (Ask me what I think of letting her wear a pristine white dress after a party full of chocolate candy, vibrant neon frosting, and at least one guaranteed to be messy party game.) (Meh, it was on clearance. Bring it, birthday boy.)
With Rachel's help last November, I was able to score an Alice dress, which is beautiful, very elaborate, almost intricate in the design on the apron (I'll post pictures next week, promise), a perfect replica of Miss Alice herself. Upon receiving her dress for Hanukkah, she announced it to be her choice for Halloween 2011 and after a dress rehearsal last night, she is fully ready to tackle the Fall Festival tonight at her preschool, complete with shoes, ribboned headband, and stuffed Cheshire Cat. (We're currently having her stuffed Disney character collection appraised for insurance. It's probably worth more than we are.)
Now, here's where the debate comes in. Alaina explained how the costume choices these days are so unoriginal. If you're going to be Princess, Disney, Disney, and Disney are your choices. Or for boys and superheroes, Marvel seems to have you covered as well. Where is the creativity? While I fully understand her point, and AGREE with it, (Where's the debate, Jen?) I'm still a little in awe over the magnificence of these costumes that I see in the stores.
Think about it. Back in the eighties and nineties, although, technically, I was probably too old to be trick or treating in the nineties, costumes were either mass produced smocks complete with plastic homogenous mask (which scared the bejeezus out of me during my mask phobia days) or completely homegrown.
I do remember one year in 1993 when my friend Alison and I dressed up as Discovery Zone employees (considering that it was a hot spot for the kiddies then and we were working there, these "costumes" may have garnered us a few more chocolate bars than other teens), so homegrown was more "just got off from work and grabbed my pillowcase, now gimme some candy", but you get my drift.
Now, you see elaborate get ups, even at Target!, and relatively cheap as well, all easily recognizable as the character the child wants to emulate. No fuss, no muss, no effort. Just pull your costume out of the bag and you're Mario. Or Luigi. Or both, if you pester your mom to pull out the sewing machine and put her through days of work just for a 3 hour neighborhood crime candy spree.
But back then, it required more effort. Even with the smocks (which typically had the toy's brand name emblazoned all over the front, more a marketing ploy than a costume), people would still be guessing whether you were a My Little Pony or Rainbow Brite. Now? No guessing. Just don't be surprised when you run into your twin heading down 5th Street, only she has nicer light up shoes.
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Next week's Spooky Cycle: Halloween Show and Tell
This one should be easy for most of you. Just post some pictures of the costumes you or your little ones wore for the holiday and maybe a bragging bonus picture of the loot you scored. This will also be the last Spin until December since November is so chock full of activities, I pretty much won't be able to keep up with the site, let alone run the Spin Cycle.
So grab your camera, teach your kids some good door to door etiquette, and practice some safe trick or treating, y'all!