When the kids were little, I loved Halloween. They were so adorable bundled up in the ever so cute costumes that I bought them. They really didn’t care what they were dressed up as. Now, as they are in their tween years, I don’t have that luxury of deciding for them anymore. However, I still rule the roost, so it won’t be easy to find something that both she and I can agree on.
The biggest problem I have is that DD is not wearing standard kid sizes. She’s tall for her age and outgrew kid sizing long ago. Last year when we went shopping for a costume, she tried on tween sizes and even the largest size was too small. So, we had to find a costume in the adult section. If you’ve ever shopped at a Halloween store, you’ll know that many of the ladies costumes are far too inappropriate for a tween girl. Even innocent fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland or even Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz get a sexual charge-up at Halloween. We finally agreed on a Cleopatra costume as the dress covered her from neck to ankle with short sleeves. It made her feel like a “princess” without being a “princess” if you get what I mean.
With the difficulty we faced last year in shopping for a costume, this year I’m trying to be more proactive (we always end up waiting for the last minute). As she’s older now, I’m encouraging her to go DIY this Halloween. We searched Pinterest together for some ideas and she quickly found a few she liked. If you’re into DIY, then be sure to take a look at the blog Club ChicaCircle for their tween DIY costume ideas. They amaze me with their craftiness and Halloween is no exception. I’m not the most handy when it comes to sewing or crafting, so I’ll have to let DD take the lead under my supervision. The great thing about tweenhood is that they hit the age where they prefer to make things themselves. They’re crafty and enjoy the creative process. This bodes well for me.
Another idea I had was for her to work with a friend or a group of friends and do a group costume. I’ve seen some cute ones like rock, paper, scissors or a box of crayons. A group costume I feel has less potential for the “slut” factor not to mention I would have another parent on my side should ideas get out of hand.
We would love to hear your Halloween costume ideas. What does your tween want to dress up as this Halloween?
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.