When College Kid was a year old I made his costume. Yep, that's right, I MADE it! With a sewing machine and a pattern and fabric and thread. I still have it! It's a cow costume. Choosing to dress my kid as a cow should have been a heads up that I suck at choosing Halloween costumes. I suck more at sewing. I'd like to say that only hope and love when into that cow but I'm fairly certain that quite a few curse words are in there too. I made all three of them wear it. I was so happy! Each of them cried, probably of embarrassment.
Mostly I liked it when the kids dress up as witches or vampires. I have lots of capes. Some of them I even painted with fabric glue. Did you know that shit can get really goopy? And heavy! I still have them. Back when they were young enough to trick or treat I'd pull out "the capes", remind them that I made it and suggest they be a witch again. That never worked. I usually ended up at Mr. Fun's at 4:00 on Halloween scrounging around for a costume. Panic would set in and I'd walk out of the store with wigs and hats and other stupid shit that left me $100 lighter but still with sub-awesome costumes.
I mention this because there is the cutest Halloween parade for kids in our town - I live in Mayberry. Kids come from everywhere with their entire extended family and walk from store to coffee shop getting candy from the employee who drew the short stick and had to sit outside with the bowl. These kids are DECKED OUT! So cute!!! Every one of them. The invisible boy. PacMan! Hunters, Princesses, Winnie the Pooh (that was the dad!). And they are all just walking along peacefully. No running or crying or tugging on their costumes or parental yelling or cows. Other than terrific costume choices being a huge selling point for the kids, I have no idea how these parents do it.
Kudos over achievers!