These Are the 23 Emotional Stages of Choosing a Costume With Your Kid
Either right after Halloween of last year or sometime over the course of this year, your child saw a movie/played a game/watched a TV show that had an awesome character in it. Their immediate response to this awesomeness was likely, "I want to be this for Halloween!" Sounds all fine and dandy, right? Wrong.
As Halloween shops pop up in local malls and your child watches more and more movies with great characters, the art of choosing a Halloween costume suddenly becomes your and your and child's Everest (and in this metaphor, you are tethered to your child, who is frolicking in a field at the bottom of the mountain as you try to climb to the top swiftly and efficiently while being chased by bears).
In short, it's damn-near impossible to come out of this experience unscathed.
If you're anticipating a million changes of mind, buying and returning three costumes before settling on the right one, and endless tantrums in the middle of the aisle, where, of course, the animatronic decorations are going off as you try to pick up your child off the ground, we totally feel your pain.
Read through for the 23 stages of choosing a Halloween costume with your child.