Costumes scarier to make than wear


October 17, 1994|By CINDY PARR

I checked the calendar today and realized that Halloween is only two weeks away.

Needless to say, the mere thought of this ghoulish event sends shivers up and down my spine.

These shivers have absolutely nothing to do with ghosts and goblins, but are a direct result of my children's need for costumes -- costumes that require fabric, zippers, emblems and an artistic ability to put all the pieces together.

As readers of this column, you must be aware by now that I am a self-proclaimed flunkie when it comes to creative crafts. So each year when Halloween is on the horizon, I begin to work the angles with my children.

"Gee, I really think it would be neat to be a witch or a clown. They're such great costumes," I'll say.

Of course, it's simple to put these costumes together.

For example, a witch will need a pointed hat, a wig with long black hair and some scary dark attire.

What a quick fix for an evening of tricks and treats.

"We were witches last year," proclaims my 4-year-old.

"Yeah, Mom. I think I was even a witch the year before that," adds my 8-year-old.

I find myself floundering as I make a half-hearted attempt to sell the clown idea.

"You're right. Forget the witch outfits," I reply. "I have an even better idea. The three of you can go as Clown Triplets."

"Not," says the 4-year-old.

"No way," says my 8-year-old adamantly.

My 15-month-old, who doesn't know any better, just gave a blank stare.

Suddenly I realized that the Halloween nightmare had begun.

Like water rushing down the falls, costume requests and ideas spill from the mouths of my children.

"I want to be Kimberly, the pink Power Ranger; no, Snow White, or Jasmine; oh, no, no, I want to be Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast,' " says the 4-year-old.

My 8-year-old only added to my misery as she made her costume wishes known.

"Well, I want to be Madonna," she said.

"Yeah, and I want to be Candice Bergen," I retorted.

"Candice Bergen. Who is that, Mom?" she asked with a puzzled look.

Of course, it didn't really matter who Candice Bergen is -- and whether or not I would portray her for Halloween.

What mattered was reality, and in our real world, 8-year-olds do not dress up like Madonna. Period!

Once I made my point, I thought it was only fair that we work together to find a compromise, whereby the children could come up with costumes they liked and I could accept.

After all, I was a kid once, and I remember how important it was to me to have the costume I wanted.

Fortunately, after our discussion, the costume selection process has gone smoothly.

We worked as a team on our compromise and were aided by some good luck and a multifaceted department store.

The good luck was that my 4-year-old decided to use one of my older daughter's past costumes -- Minnie Mouse -- and my older daughter decided that she wanted to wear a cheerleader costume that she saw in this year's J. C. Penney Christmas catalog.

All in all, the choices have met with great success.

Everyone will be asking for treats in the costume of their choice.

Oh, by the way, did I tell you what my 15-month-old might be wearing?

We have helped her narrow her list down to a couple of selections. Her first mobile (on foot) trick-or-treat expedition will be as either a scary little witch or a cute little clown.


It's true that the holiday season is almost upon us and some organizations would like to give us the opportunity to get a jump on our holiday shopping.

If you're in the mood to purchase gifts or decorations, don't miss the holiday bazaar at Emmanuel Baptist Church, from 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors will display crafts for the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Plenty of breakfast and lunch favorites will be available for


Baked goods will also be on sale at "The Country Store," sponsored by the church.

Emmanuel Baptist Church is at 4150 Sykesville Road, near Finksburg.

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