“What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?” I asked Ginny, my imaginative three year old.

While I hoped for an answer, I didn’t expect one. Her first three Halloweens I picked out her costumes without any input from her. It wasn’t until last year that she started understanding what Halloween was. However, Ginny plays dress-up almost daily in some way. Sometimes she comes out and declares that she is a sheriff. The next moment, she will be dressed differently and claim she is a ballerina. None of her “costumes” match the title she gives herself. Be-"Witch"-ingWhen I asked the question over a month ago, I thought I would get a response filled with confusion or a list of things she wanted to be. Instead, she was quite clear.

“I want to be a pumpkin!” 

“A pumpkin?” I asked.

“Yes, and Grace can be a pumpkin too.” Ginny asserted.

A couple of weeks later, I decided to revisit the question. I wasn’t sure if I could find a pumpkin costume and doubted my own abilities to make one. This time, I asked soon after multiple viewings of Frozen.

“Ginny, what do you want to be for Halloween?” 

“Elsa, Mommy!”

I sighed. I liked the idea, but also thought to myself that every other little girl out there would want to be Elsa too. I figured that perhaps it would work though, and Grace could be Anna. How fitting.

“What should Grace be, Ginny?” I asked.

“She should be a pumpkin, Mommy.” 

A pumpkin? Nope, not going to happen. Time for me to gently intervene.

“Maybe Grace could be Anna, Elsa’s sister. Would that be okay, Ginny?”


The matter was dropped, and I started to look for Halloween costumes. I noticed that not only was Elsa popular this year, her costume was expensive. While I do know how to sew, I wasn’t sure I would have the time (or energy) to try to make it myself. Before spending money on the costume, I decided to confirm with Ginny that she would be Elsa on Halloween (and maybe try to convince her to be something else).

“Okay, Ginny. What do you want to be for Halloween? I plan on getting your costume soon.”

Ginny looked at me in thought, then smiled and replied, “I want to be a witch!” 

“A witch?” 

“Yes, Mommy. I like witches. They mean Halloween. I want to be a witch,” my little girl told me.

My “scary” witches costume in 1975. (I was four years old.)

Relief poured through me. No more worries about her being Elsa like everyone in her preschool or on the block. A witch. Then I remembered that I was a witch my first year in preschool too. Granted, I was a year older, but a witch nonetheless.

“Okay, Ginny. You can be a witch.”

“Yay! Oh, and Grace needs to be a pumpkin, Mommy.”

A pumpkin? I don’t understand her obsession with her sister dressing as a pumpkin on Halloween. Perhaps she has a vague memory of her first Halloween when she dressed up as a pumpkin. Doubtful since she was only six months old, but you never know.

So, earlier this week, I drove out to Target to buy a couple of things for the house and then looked at their Halloween section. They had lots of costumes for little ones, including four different witch costumes to choose from. It took me a long time to decide on the right witch costume, but I found one that was reasonably priced (less than $15) and then moved on to find a costume for Grace.

I attempted to please Ginny by getting Grace a pumpkin costume, but there were none in her size. I saw a few cute animal costumes along with fairies. There was an adorable cowgirl costume that I mulled over; ultimately deciding against it since it would mean buying a pair of cowboy boots, too. Instead, I chose the Minnie Mouse costume. Grace adores Minnie Mouse. 

Hopefully, both girls will love their costumes. They get to wear them at least 3 times, maybe 4, this year. Next Saturday night, they can wear their costumes to Mass and go trunk-or-treating after. Then, the day before Halloween, Ginny’s preschool class is having a Halloween party with costumes. And, of course, they will get to wear their costumes on Halloween. 

Now, I just need to decide if I’m going to dress up, and if so, what I’ll be. Perhaps I can dress up as a pumpkin.

On to a recap of the week…

My Writing Around the Web: 

Sweet Saturday: Chocolate Chip Cookies Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. I made him these amazing chewy, delicious milk chocolate chip cookies.

Welcome to 40! I gave my sister a few words of advice on her 40th birthday!

I just Don’t Understand There are several things in the world that confuse me. I share just a few of them.

Not-to-Miss Articles from Around the Web

I hope you take the time to check out these great articles and blog posts! 

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Telling My Children I Was Married Before  I enjoyed this post! My sister will be facing this same situation some day and it made me think of her. It also made me think about discussions I will need to have with my children when they get older.

About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.



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