Over the years, we have developed a few house rules — “challenges,” if you’d prefer — for the kids’ Halloween costumes:
- You have to be able to wear it in cold, rainy weather, because we live in Chicago, Home of the Cold and Rainy Halloween. And your costume has to be warm enough on its own or you will have to wear layers underneath or a winter coat over it to prevent pneumonia. (Side note: see what I did there? I’m now daring Mother Nature to make it 70 degrees and sunny!)
- It has to be age-appropriate, length-appropriate, and school-appropriate since you’ll be wearing it to school for the classroom party.
- Since this costume is only for one day, we’re not going to spend lots of money on it. Call me cheap, but I figure it’s a personal creativity challenge to come up with a costume based on the raw materials found in this house.
- Consider your options carefully and choose wisely. I love creating Halloween costumes, but I don’t love making more than one per person per year. Brainstorm. Think of all the angles. Consult with your friends, if you’d like, but once you decide and we start it, there’s no going back.
Inspiration to meet these rules comes in all forms. C decided he wanted to be a Chicago gangster after reading the juvenile nonfiction book, You Wouldn’t Want to be a Chicago Gangster! by Rupert Matthews. (I know, I know — reverse psychology, right?).
He delved into his brother’s closet and hand-me-downs to pull this look together all on his own.
- Old suit passed down from M? Check.
- Dark sunglasses? Check.
- Hat and black tie (on loan from his older brother)? Check and check.
C would also like you to notice that he is in fact carrying a violin case, just like the gangsters of old used to disguise their guns. He’s lobbying hard to take the case to school, arguing that it is NOT a weapon (because weapons of all kinds are not permitted). It just looks like it houses one.
Personally, I think he’s a dead ringer for Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers. Right down to the attitude.
He’s ready to rock and roll — even if he has to wear a sweatshirt underneath his costume.
I’ll show you what E created on Monday. Are you making any costumes for this Halloween? Do share! Hope you have a good weekend!