Just How Early Do You Have to Buy a Halloween Costume?
This will be Tyler's fourth Halloween, and the first one he is starting to grasp one of the ultimate experiences in Hedonism in a child's life. This will be the first time we take him Trick or Treating. I know my husband and I will argue over how many houses we will stop at. I just want to do a few, I am picturing Grant will not want to stop until my child's little Halloween bucket is overflowing with treats.
It used to be so easy. Tyler was a month and a half-old for his first Halloween. We dressed him up in a lion's costume, leaned him up against the couch and took a hundred or so pictures. He didn't have much say in the next two years' costumes either, but this year he knew what he wanted to be: Spiderman. Of course he only knew this about two weeks ago, when he first heard of Spiderman. We had gotten a catalog with the perfect Spidey costume for a toddler, some built-in muscles and a half mask. Like I had always done in these past few years, I went to order it October 1st: OUT OF STOCK. It turned out to be out of stock in a lot of places and those who did have it had jacked up the price of this $30.00 costume to $120.00! Is this a child's costume or concert tickets for Bruce Springsteen?
Just when should I have bought this costume, sometime in August? I know every year there is a hot toy that people have trouble getting for the holidays but a hot Halloween costume?
After days of looking on line and in stores we did find a Spiderman costume, but a different one with a full mask, which makes me worried that it will freak Tyler out to wear it. Much like he did last year when we dressed him in a full bodied, furry Elmo costume, which he spent a small amount of time in, most of it under protest.
Hopefully, his devotion to Spiderman will outweigh any awkwardness he will feel in the costume. And whether it is in school or out trick or treating, there will probably be a dozen or so little Spidermans joining him.