Halloween should be a holiday about fun, candy, games, and harmless jokes, but things often become inappropriate. Your neighbors will notice if your child has one of those major missteps, and you do not want your child to be dressed inappropriately. Use this guide to avoid the most common errors.
#1 Biggest Issue: Celebrities
It is totally natural for kids to want to emulate celebrities, and this idea is not inherently bad, but you need to be really careful. For example, if you have a little girl who wants to be Hannah Montana and/or Miley Cyrus. The persona generally isn’t that bad, but if you think of how her reputation has changed, you don’t want your little girl associated with that. Another example that I recently found was a group of kids dressed as the Jersey Shore Cast. That cast is known for partying and drinking, so why would you want your kids to copy that?
#2 Animal Costumes
A cute animal is awesome right? Um, I would alter that idea to sometimes. Animals are great costumes. I love them, and went as animals multiple times as a child. My mom was always with me every step of the way though and made sure it went okay. So, what issues can you run into with an animal costume? You know those sexy adult animal costumes? Sometimes they sneak their way into kids versions. Also, sometimes they are uncomfortable or not weather appropriate. Make sure to consider these things when helping your child put together a costume.
#3 Overly Gory Costumes
Many of these issues were centered on little girl’s costumes, but this issue happens most often with little boys. They love, or at least pretend to love, blood and gore. There is nothing wrong with a little fake blood or a scary costume, but you as the parent must know when to draw the line. Age is a factor in this as older kids will certainly be able to handle a scarier costume. Some examples of some costumes that may have pushed the line a little too much are: A “Boy Skinned Alive” costume that will fit most kids over the age of four. That costume can actually be found at Party City. A word of advice: if your spouse is the mischievous or rule-breaker type, maybe you should try to tag along to the store.
The most important thing about helping your child with their costume for Halloween is to be involved in the process and don’t be afraid to say no. Children are too often in a rush to grow up and it is important to help keep them age appropriate. A decent rule of thumb is that if you would be uncomfortable letting your child’s teacher see them in their costume, it is probably not the costume for your child.