A Wisconsin-Hardy Tinkerbell


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.”

“Lovely.”

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.

© 2009 Michele Arduengo. All rights reserved.

Author: Michele

Michele Arduengo is a life science and medical writer by profession and a creative non-fiction writer by hobby. In addition to publishing Grits and Purls since 2008, Michele has published essays in Wisconsin Woman, Chicken Soup for the Soul and has a weekly column in her local newspaper.

2 thoughts on “A Wisconsin-Hardy Tinkerbell”

  1. Brats would be the best treat for me! (Hubby’s a vegetarian so I don’t get to eat many hot dogs or brats or the like.) Good luck with the weather for Halloween. It doesn’t look promising here either.

  2. In my area of Canada we sometimes have snow by Halloween, so costumes always have to be adaptable for cold weather! We have very few ballerinas and fairies come to our door, but we do have a lot of furry bunnies and bumblebees and dinasaurs….Hope your little girl has a wonderful Halloween!

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