Why can't my child be like other little boys and want nothing more than a Buzz Lightyear costume for Halloween? Or maybe even a Ninga, a Transformer, a Pirate or Fireman? No, these common costumes, found at every Target in town just wouldn't do for Jackson. Hence why I spent my entire Saturday morning listening to the screams and cries of a four year old who just couldn't make up his mind!
When my sister and I were toddlers my mom bought two alien costumes. One was green the other yellow. We must have taken turns on colors for four years before finally begging for something new. There is absolutely no way I could get by with that type of move in my house. Share? A costume? Believe me, they aren't having it!
Trey of course is still easy. Having not yet reached the two year old mark I am still able to put him in hand me downs from Halloween's past. Although, because he's smaller than his brother this years hand me downs wouldn't fit, leading me to purchase the first $12/dragon costume I saw on the shelf. Five minutes, done!
Jackson on the other hand had his heart set on being a shark for Halloween. Before attempting to hit the small amount of stores available in our backyard, I searched online. Old Navy had the PERFECT shark, but unfortunately not in his size. Pottery Barn had an adorable little shark as well but at $60 they can keep that costume! No way will I be spending $60 bucks for a one night gig! So we ventured into Target and of course, they have a cute shark costume waiting for us. Unfortunately it only came in infant sizes. Breakdown #1.
After thirty minutes of going through every Target costume available, it was decided that Jackson could live without being a shark, but he absolutely had to be an alligator now. Off to Wal Mart we go!
Wal Mart had to have the sorriest batch of costumes I've ever seen. Unless your four year old wants to be a blood covered zombie, vampire, or other murderer, you are pretty much out of luck. Hence, breakdown #2 commences. Knowing my arsenal of Halloween costume shops is running out, I talk my screaming child into Spiderman, one of the only Wal Mart characters he actually recognized. He agreed, although disappointed, which of course made me disappointed, but I knew we were running out of options.
On a whim, I swung through the second hand kids store just to give it one last shot. I was amazed to walk into a selection of every possible Halloween costume imaginable. Including....... one very handsome alligator in a (drum roll please) 4T. Okay, so maybe its actually a dragon costume, but it has a tail and is green, so what the kid doesn't know won't hurt him!!