When I was a little girl, I loved dressing up for Halloween, but inevitably the weather would turn cold October 31, and my mom would make me wear a coat over my Halloween costume. I hated that.
I couldn’t figure out how anyone was supposed to see my costume if I had to wear a coat over it. “What was the purpose of even having a costume?” I would whine.
So, as a Mom I am conflicted. In Wisconsin, it is always cold on Halloween, and I do not want my little girl to get frostbite when we take her door-to-door to greet our neighbors. However, I do understand that it isn’t much fun to wear a costume if no one can see it because your mother dressed you for life in the frozen tundra before you went out trick-or-treating.
Perhaps she’ll want to be something warm like a furry floppy dog or the abominable snow “girl” ?
This year I took my daughter to the fabric store, and we looked at the Halloween costumes in the pattern books. I asked my daughter to point at the costumes that she liked. We looked at several different books as well as patterns on display racks.
My daughter didn’t pick out a princess costume with a nice, multilayered hoop skirt that would hide thermal underwear. She didn’t pick out a furry polar bear costume. She didn’t pick out Little Red Riding Hood who could sport a warm woolen cape, or even an elf costume with fur-lined boots, a muff and a red coat. No, nothing warm. She chose… Tinkerbell.
Tinkerbell?!? In Wiscsonsin? In October? It will probably snow or something.
When I lived in Sioux City, IA, everyone was still telling tales about the year they had to cancel Halloween because of the snow storm. Immediately I saw the conflict—a cute little pixie costume versus the late fall cold of Wisconsin.
So now I had to figure out how to make a Wisconsin-hardy Tinkerbell. I consulted my husband.
The costume I have is green with gold trim, which, as my husband pointed out, is the perfect color scheme for a Wisconsin fairy. When I said that I thought a gold turtle neck underneath would work well to keep her arms warm, he pointed out that a gold “G” on the front would be a nice addition too.
“And instead of a magic wand, I suppose she should be sporting a magic cream puff?” I asked.
“Yeah. And you could make her wings out of cheese and give her an orange hunting vest.”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a gold turtle neck and had to settle for a slightly different shade of green. Brown tights and leggings finished with some great elfin-looking fur-lined boots will keep her legs and feet warm. No golden “G” will adorn her front, and her wings are made from netting, not cheese.
Now I just need to convince my husband that we can’t give out brats for Halloween treats.
Have a happy and safe Halloween.
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