Do you love Halloween? Hate it? Feel completely bemused by it?
I fall in that last camp. My kids play dress up year round. Perhaps if I were more of a stickler for appropriate wear when we go out, costumes would be more fun on Halloween, but I see nothing wrong with going grocery shopping in a tutu and carrying a wand.
While I do appreciate the fun of the entire community getting in on trick or treating, Halloween costumes aren’t really that big of a deal for us. In fact, my 7-year-olds, M and J only wore this year’s brand-new costumes once, the day the picture above was taken. They wore them to dance class and the Halloween event at school. J then decided to be a pirate and M a cheerleader to a friend’s Halloween party. Tonight, M will be going trick-or-treating as a cowgirl and J as a princess who is not Sofia the First. The last four costumes were all pieced together independently by the children from their own closet.
I’m grateful that the girls used their new costumes as a financial exercise. They somehow got it in their heads that they needed to pay for their own costumes this year. I swear, I never told them that. They saved up their allowance and comparison shopped until they had enough for the outfits they wanted. At checkout, I told them I’d pay 50% of the cost, plus the sales tax.
My question for you is this:
What do you do with all the candy the kids bring home?