When I first started thinking about what to dress Elvie in for her first Halloween, my first thought was, “What do we already own that she can wear?” It turned out that we had two things that would be fine. There was a jacket with bear ears or a penguin fleece wrap. As much as I love dressing her up, I felt like it might be best to just use what we already own. I mean, she doesn’t know the difference, right? The penguin thing hasn’t even been worn yet! It’s like a brand new costume! Still, I felt a little guilty. For Zinashi’s first Halloween, she was newly arrived in the US, but we still impulsively bought her the puppy costume she took a shine to when we made a trip to Target to pick up better product for her hair. Plus, Elvie might not understand this year that we didn’t get her a nice, new costume, but she will understand when she looks at the photos in years to come. So I was considering getting her something to at least make the costumes we already had a bit more special.
And then, well, I did something that was even worse than using a costume we already had on hand.
Zinashi decided a long time ago that she wanted to be a squirrel for Halloween, and when a friend suggested that Elvie could be a nut, I thought it was brilliant. So I bought her something new for a costume, and it was…a hat. Just a hat. A really cute acorn hat, but still. I switched from full animal costume to making her an accessory to her sister’s costume and only buying her a hat. Second children apparently just can’t win, and I say that as a second child myself.
Still, the costumes are pretty cute, and I am hoping that Elvie’s easygoing personality will allow her to better accept in the future that her first Halloween wasn’t at all about her. Right now she doesn’t mind, and in fact, she’d probably love to ditch the whole thing and just stay in for the night, sitting on my lap and being allowed to lick index cards at will while I work at the desk. Unfortunately for her, that will not be what we do. Also unfortunately for her, I insisted on getting photos during the day in case we can’t get any while we are trick or treating. It’s no wonder that none of them turned out to be spectacular. When I look back on this Halloween using these photos to jog my memory, I’ll probably laugh. Please enjoy the worst Halloween costume photos ever (or at least since someone else tried to get two kids to pose in front of a fireplace when they’d rather be playing).
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