Then she saw her friend's costume - this flying horse thing at Target:
And she is now totally set on that, BUT I think it is a really impractical costume. You can't hold a candy bucket while wearing it because you have to hold the horses reins. It seems really easy to trip over, especially on stairs. The horse's feet are going to get filthy trick or treating and at preschool. We've asked her several times now what she wants to be and she keeps saying a flying pony.....I asked her what would happen if the store didn't have any more flying pony costumes and she said she'd go back to being a witch.
So, do I lie and tell her they were out of costumes so she goes back to the more practical witch costume or do I let her be the pony?
Wife to DH and mama to DD(7) and DD(5) ...Lola the Wiener Dog , Faulkner the Little Giant , Ginger the Wonder Cat , Azkaban the blue parakeet, Sunny the yellow parakeet, 3 nameless hermit crabs, and a whole bunch of fish!
here we have been back and fort between being Witch and others but Witch is coming back as a strong one as this somehow was ment to be next, other ideas come and go but witch juuuuuuust keep coming back.
As to the horse, I would say it is impractical for the reasons stated by you and PP.
However if your little one has her heart set on it then I personally would not discourage her from this as I feel that this is her right to be what she feels strong about - in our case at least.
If you feel strong about her not being it you certainly can "inspire" her or
redirect gently and successfully..
I think the best bet would be just to buy this outfit form Target as they have very linient return policy as long as you return it before Halloween
and let your child to put it on and sit in it for half an hour or so every day,
as long as it is indoors and she wont damage it it..
she might realise by herself two things: that this is not really so easy to trick and treat with it.. you might set up fake around the house stations as she will go and you and other famly members will be giving her fake treats..
what might come out of it : she might get happy she got a fill of this costume and she might be bored with it before you will know and she might go back to the witch..
or she will like it and you will get used to it just the same and that will grow on you
on a positive note about horse: you might solve the holding rains issue by attaching them somehow
to your child's arms sort of imagine carrying backpack in front of you instead of the back but on really long handles .. if you know what I mean.
she might be really worm and cozy if your temperatures are cold and the day is just not as friendly .. other kids will be freezing and she won't
there are few such a cute witch costumes out there that we are just melting down looking, and my kiddo just can't decide:
this costume we tried in person and it is so elegantly made and so well proportioned that it just looks smashing, but it is bit on cold side comes to cold day:
or green version:
this was just so terrible on 5 year old, it is totally baggy all over the place despite the correct size, terrible terrible...
Scarlett , DH Boris , DS 1/29/08 Julian DD2 6/7/12 missing our DD 1/06/06 Sonja and MC @ 9 wks 11/18/06 Satchel
But, I would just explain that it's going to be so hard to wear that and have fun too. Give her an opportunity to try to figure out how she will hold it up while trick or treating. (btw, it looks like it holds it'self up with suspenders.. and, I bet it's lightweight)
If, after that she still really wants it, I'd say "Ok, lets go see if they have it in your size.". I'd let her have it if it's what she really wants. Some lessons are better learned first hand. This is a pretty inexpensive learning experience.
Good luck mama! I can see my own dd falling in love with that one.. I would have too as a young child...
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010