Hooray, we got invited by some friends to the exclusive neighborhood to go Trick or Treating last year. Awesome! I’m going to totally deck my kid out in the cutest home made outfit. I had no idea it would be a total Halloween Costume Fail…
How hard could it be? I’ve got Pinterest for guidance, I’ve got this. My plan was unfolding in my mind to outfit my toddler in the most adorable scarecrow costume. This was gonna be so much fun.
I went to Michael’s for my supplies. All I needed was felt, hot glue sticks and fake straw. I had his overalls. This was gonna be easy. So easy, that I waited till the afternoon of October 31st.
< Insert yourself laughing at me here >
Murphy’s Law kicks in and if it could possibly go wrong, it did. I was completely beside myself at my ineptness. Everything turned into a huge mess at the eleventh hour. UGH!
The little overalls I wanted to transform into the greatest scarecrow costume ever, were slightly snug on my growing boy. I knew they fit him perfectly just the week before. OK. It’s only one night.
I laid out my other supplies to get started.
- Plugged in my hot glue gun, check.
- Measure and cut felt for hat and ankles, check.
- Did not buy enough felt, check.
Well crap. Ok. No straw links on his wrists. No big deal.
The hot glue gun is ready for duty. I get my package of 100 glue sticks and dang if I didn’t buy the wrong size. Really!? We’ll see about that… I’ll make them fit.
As I’m using every ounce of muscle I have to push the stupid glue stick through the stupid glue gun, I start to make a little head way and get one pant leg finished.
Ack, it’s adorable and I’m a genius for over coming the obstacles. This scarecrow costume would be Epic and I would get Mother of the Year. All the other moms would be gushing over how adorable this costume was and beg me for the instructions.
And then Tragedy struck.
The glue gun stopped working. I mean it quit. It went cold. Could not be revived. Not coming back to life. OMG! I only had one pant leg done. And the hat. What about the little hat.
As the reality of it all started to hit me, my husband reminded me what time it was and that it was a 45 minute drive to the exclusive neighborhood . Cue panic.
We had no costume now.
I did what any procrastinating, craft disabled mother would do and found a jogging outfit with his favorite Disney character on it for my son to wear as his Halloween costume. It fit, it was warm and he loved it to begin with.
We got to the neighborhood just in time to join the big group of children and their parents. There were no stares of disbelief or snickers at our costume or lack thereof. Everyone was glad to be a part of the group and after an hour of walking around trick or treating, we all settled at my friend’s house for snacks.
Lesson I learned from this:
- Don’t be judgmental when a child shows up at my door without a costume for Halloween.
- Children just want to play, they don’t care about looking adorable.
- Procrastination will get me in trouble.
- Know my crafting limitations.
- Practicing really does help.
- It’s ok not to be perfect.
- Forgive myself when I need Grace.
- Asking for help isn’t a sign of failure.
- Sweatsuits are versatile.
- Make sure I gas the car before we’re supposed to be somewhere just in case we’re running late.
My son had a blast trick or treating that night. The fact that I had spent $13 on supplies for a costume he never got to wear never spoiled our good time. It does have me thinking, what can he be this year and how can I goof it up so that we have the best time ever?