Nana (me): “Who do you want to be for Halloween this year?”
Jilli (age 8): “The Pink Power Ranger!”
KJ (age 4): “A Werewolf!”
Bree (age 6): “I don’t know yet.”
Jameson (10 months): “GooGoo DaDa”
I love making Halloween costumes for my grandkids! I’ve (finally) learned to start asking early, not only to take advantage of sale items, but to give myself plenty of time to create the costumes if needed. How can you help your child choose a Halloween costume?
Step 1: Use visual aids and create inspiration boards.
Our first stop is the computer. We Google lots of images. This year, Jilli’s was easy! We found the “Megaforce” Pink Power Ranger (who knew there were so many different Pink Power Rangers!?!) on sale for half price in her size. She’s done!
KJ’s werewolf costume is a bit more challenging. She says that she wants to be scary, but as we look at different pictures, she decides she wants something cuter. (A cute werewolf?) As we talk about it, we remember that there is a cute werewolf girl in the movie: Hotel Transylvania 2. With the help of Google and Pinterest, we created a visual aid board by simply copy/pasting pictures into a Word document. *See photo for example.* Now we have references for makeup, ears, and costume pieces we’ll need to make or buy. (Don’t you just love Pinterest?)
This year, Bree is not sure who she wants to be yet. When your grandchild is unsure, create a visual aid board with different possibilities. This may help narrow down their focus and allow them to choose a costume.
And finally, Jameson will probably be Batman. (His middle name is Wayne. 🙂 )
Step 2: Create costume.
If possible, have your grandchild help you create their costume. Take her with you to the store – with your visual aid in hand to help stay focused! Let her pick out any needed accessories.
While she may not be able to help you sew, she can help you choose fabrics. She can help pin or glue, depending on what you’re creating. Keep them involved in the process and enjoy the special moments you share collaborating.
Step 3: Take lots of pictures!
“They’re only little once” sounds cliché, but it’s so true! Time is short! Enjoy those special moments together and take lots of pictures! (I’ll be sure to add a picture of KJ’s werewolf costume after we’ve completed it!)
Helping your grandchildren choose their Halloween costumes can be a fun adventure! Remember to start early, use visual aids, and get the kids involved in the costume making process. So what are you waiting for? Go have some fun creating memories!