Are you kidding?

The other day I took the kids to the local Wally World to pick up some odds and ends. While we were there, I promised them a trip through the costume aisle if they made good choices. Lo and behold, they did! But, man, did I regret it. Not because they wigged out – that would be me!

Chain gang member? Check.
Scary person from a movie. Got it.
Some guy with blood on his head. Yep.

As soon as I saw those three (and they were on the top of the pile), we high-tailed it out of there. Where were the Spiderman or Princess costumes? Bumblebees, turtles, ladybugs, pumpkins? Bueller? Anyone?

ARG. When did Halloween get so sinister? Since when is taking your kids down the aisle in Wal-Mart cause for a talk about good choices vs. bad choices in the van ride home. I’m frustrated because I should’ve known better. And, even more frustrated that the “family” big-box store can’t seem to clean up their act.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the kids want to be for Halloween – Pigs, Batman and a 12th Man football player 🙂


  1. Kelley on October 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I hear you. I made the mistake of letting the boys look at the Party City costume book and everything was either scary or labeled “sexy”. I nearly drove off the rode when Ethan said, “Hey here is a sexy ringmaster costume.” At first I thought he had added the adjective on his own, but no, it was part of the costume description. I will not make the mistake of letting them look at that again! I agree that there is no imagination in costumes anymore. Ever try finding a ship’s captain costume? I will be going to Goodwill this week to see what I can scrounge up!

  2. Jennifer on October 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I am with Kelley. I am always amazed at the “sexy” costumes designed for preteen girls. The scary part is that there must be people out there buying them or they wouldn’t be selling them. I am sure glad we had a boy first:)

    A 12th man football player? Now that is a kiddo after his Mom, Dad, uncle and aunt’s hearts.

  3. Kathryn on October 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    AMEN on both accounts!

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