Fish is getting to the age where the interest in Halloween wanes. Ohhh the desire for candy is there, but the motivation to create an original costume and travel from house to house is diminishing. I have mixed feelings about the passage of time, but respect it for just that, a passage of time.
This year it was more of a struggle for her to come up with a costume idea than in years previous. She’s had exactly two pre-made costumes, she was a cow when she was 18 months old and when she was six her Grammy bought her a genuine Tinkerbell costume. Thankfully, she believes that half the fun of Halloween is the invention and creation of the costume.
I took a quick spin through the costume aisle at Target looking for ideas and I was horrified at what was being sold under the auspices of “tween” costumes. Google it and see what you come up with. It’s all racey, lace and short skirts. No. A can-dancer? Just NO!
Eventually she decided she wanted to be a mime (thank you French class).
A striped shirt – I had a purple and black striped turtle neck that wasn’t too big on her.
Black pants – Wardrobe staple of a 12 year old.
Red suspenders – Red Duck tape $4.50
White Gloves – $4
Beret – $8
White make-up – $4
Black eyeliner – $1.99
Red lip stick – I had some on hand.
Total cost $22
The most amazing thing was that she was actually silent for 2 plus hours 🙂