There's nothing quite like the first Halloween when your kid is old enough to understand the concept of trick-or-treating. It's hilarious to see how quickly they catch on: Say trick-or-treat (or don't, just stand there and look cute and shell-shocked). Hold out bag (or pumpkin, or cauldron, or whatever). Get candy!
And this happens at every house!?!? Why don't we do this every day??
Plus, dressing up toddlers is pretty much the most fun you can have in this life. Sure, you thought your kid was cute before, but look at him in that doggie costume! He's the most adorable creature ever born!!
But for your toddler's first trick-or-treating experience, a costume has to be more than cute. It has to be easy to wear. Trust me, it's all your kid can do to keep up with the doorbell/candy routine. This is no time for a wardrobe malfunction.
If I sound like I'm speaking from experience, well ... I am. I've picked up a thing or two on the Halloween parade circuit over the years. And so I invite you to learn from my mistakes! Before you buy a disguise, check out the following list of Halloween Toddler Costumes to Avoid ...
- The Vision-Obscuring Mask. I don't know why mask manufacturers think that any child can actually see through those tiny, extremely wide-set pinholes, but I do know this: Leading a functionally blindfolded 3-year-old down bumpy sidewalks, up front porch steps, and through crowds of other functionally blinded 3-year-olds grabbing at the darkness in search of candy is not a good time.
- The Top-Heavy Costume. Big hats are way cute, right? Big hats/headpieces that weigh more than the child wearing them are, shall we say, a recipe for disaster?
- The Princess Heels. Your little girl will want you to buy her a sparkly princess costume. She will want to wear the extremely low-quality wig that comes with it. (Let her.) She will also want to wear the pair of plastic slip-on heels, possibly adorned with faux-feathers or jewels, that comes with the ensemble. (Don't let her. Unless you want to spend the whole night putting Band-Aids on skinned knees.)
- The Can't-Sit-Down Costume. I've seen some pretty impressive examples of this one, most of which require a cardboard box (fire truck, SpongeBob SquarePants). At some point, your tot will want to sit down and sample some candy. Not gonna work!
- The Too-Long Cape. Many a pint-sized vampire/king/superhero/witch/red riding hood has been felled by a cape that's just a tiny bit too long ... hmmm, maybe Mommy can fix it with safety pins ... whoops, face-plant.
Don't let these happen to you!
What's your toddler going to be for Halloween this year?
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