So as I mentioned yesterday, we went costume shopping. This is not a common occurence for us. We’re usually pretty DIY when it comes to this sort of thing. My mother-in-law sews. Well. And she’s made most of the kid’s costumes in the past.
Baby girl says she wants to be a princess,
et voila, she has a perfect replica of Sleeping Beauty’s gown.
And when one of the kids picked out something Grandma couldn’t sew,
in stepped Dad, with tubing and metal and a freaking battery pack.
But this year, it just didn’t come together. So we bought costumes. The girl will be a flower, the boy will be a ninja. Done and done.
As we were shopping, though, some things occurred to me. One good, two not so good. And so, I will deliver them as employers are taught to deliver evaluations to employees. Only theirs goes compliment – complaint – compliment, and mine, well, doesn’t.
1. If you are going to sell costumes in a northern climate, adjustments need to be made. Because while the sizing might work in, say, Florida, where weather will never be a factor in trick-or-treating, here in Western Canada? You don’t pick out a costume without visualizing a snowsuit under it. Not that it’s guaranteed to be snowing on Halloween, but it is a very real (and somewhat terrifying) possibility. Henceforth, I’d like to see this sort of thing on the package:
Unless you’re from Canada and expect this to fit over skidoo pants, then it’s a: 4”
There, that shouldn’t be any trouble, right?
2. Kudos to you, costume manufacturers! The last time I looked for costumes, I was downright disheartened to see that as a girl of ample proportions, I was barred from getting my Once-A-Year-Skank on. French maid costumes, slutty witches, morally questionable kittens were all the dominion of skinny chicks. But now, if I want to follow the Yellow Brick Road AND show a whole lotta upper thigh,
I can do that. Right up to a 4X, if I so desire. So pass the ribs, momma’s got some trick or treatin’ (wink) to do.
3. I understand that kids today are maturing at a faster rate. I really do get that. But this:
does NOT need to be available in a size 4. Ever. Stop it.
(Full disclosure: It might not freak me out so much, but I’m pretty sure I saw that exact same get up on a stripper. In a….documentary. )
So there you have my take on the costume shopping experience. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m on my way back to the site with the Dorothy get-up. Because Halloween can last all year-round. (As long as they’re offering free shipping.)