Finding a Boo-rific Halloween Costume

“What are you going to be for Halloween?” Remember when we were in school and during this time of year that was the question du jour? I still smile fondly when thinking about my favorite childhood outfit. It was one of the honkers from Sesame Street. Honk, Honk.

Halloween can be such a fun time, especially if you love to dress up like I do. Now that I’m a mom, I love that I get to dress up my kid. For his first Halloween, he was a screaming pumpkin. I say screaming because he didn’t care too much for the outfit. For his second, he was a Bear, which was fitting because his nickname is LoganBear. (Though he still wasn’t wild about the costume.) Last year it was a dinosaur, which we both loved. Now it’s our fourth and he’s got a strong opinion.

I wondered, what is he going to be this year? I worried that the days of me choosing a cutesy outfit for my little guy were over. I wanted to dress him up as a sweet little bumblebee, you know paint his nose black and everything, but he’s got a healthy obsession with Batman and Spiderman, so I figured he’d rather be a superhero.

Last weekend we ventured out to one of those seasonal Halloween stores. It wasn’t until I was about 10 feet from the store’s door that I remembered how these places’ ghoul-factor can be over the top. I quickly warned Logan that there might be scary things inside, but that they were all pretend and nothing could hurt him. Then in taking from “The Blind Side,” I told him if he saw anything he didn’t like, just to close his eyes.

We walked past several zombies, skeletons and other monsters and he seemed unphased. In the kiddie department we saw what I hear are this year’s hottest costumes, Buzz Lightyear, Avatar and Ironman. They also had Spiderman, Batman and the perfect bumblebee outfit.

Nothing really excited him until we saw the firefighter costume. His eyes lit up and I knew, that had to be the one. Of course they didn’t have his size, so we bought the hat and I vowed to find him the full costume at another store.

Upon walking out, some Logan-sized goblin contraption jumped out at him (who at the store thought that’d be a good idea?) and he buried his face in my leg and just said” “Mom!” I scooped him up, his face planted in my neck and we left unharmed.

To my relief, the next two stores were much more child-friendly and we finally got the fireman costume. In fact after trying it on, he refused to take it off, which was fine, we wore it for the rest of the afternoon.

Even though it wasn’t a bumblebee, I figured who cares? He’s happy and that’s what makes me happy.


20 responses to “Finding a Boo-rific Halloween Costume

  1. I love it!

  2. CUTE! That’s what Cole is going to be for the second year in a row too! He insisted he HAD to be a fireman again.

  3. Each picture is cuter than the last! Some of my favorite pictures of my kids are their Halloween costumes. I miss that. Now my daughter wants to be Snookie from Jersey Shore and my son is way over it. Have a great time!

    • Oh man, I’d never be over Halloween. I’d be dressed up this Halloween if I wasn’t as big as a house… Wait a minute. Maybe my costume will *be* a house, you know with a wraparound front porch and expansive back yard??? Hmmm, I think I’m on to something here. 😉

  4. Oh my, those are cute costumes!!! What a cute firefighter and I love your blog!

    • *You* love MY blog? Mine!?!?! Yours is so hilarious and where do you find all of those pictures? The way you use them to tell a story is so clever! Thanks for the kind words.

  5. Yay firefighter! Love love love Logan’s costume. Has he been wearing it around the house, refusing to take it off… that is my favorite. I love halloween and am such a sucker for good costumes. Just like my parents did, we make all of our own costumes (was up until 12 last night sewing Buzz Lightyear’s top together while watching the Yanks). I love it now that my 3 year old can choose what he is going to be, and he even tells me that he loves that I make his costume. A little more than a week to go.. still have to figure out how to make a retractable clear space ranger helmet- off to Home Depot 😉

    • I will always be amazed at your To Do list, and more important how you cross so many items off with perfect panache. Good luck on the rectractable clear space ranger helmet, if anyone can do it, it’s you!

  6. That’s so cute. You should link this blog post up in Dumb Mom’s Halloween photo contest (

  7. Cute! My son was a firefighter when he was about that age too. I miss the days when I can pick out his costume! Lately it’s all about Star Wars and super heros. I actually got him to be something scary this year, a skeleton, but even that took alot of prodding. I know what you mean about those Halloween stores, my daughter is petrified of them!

  8. Awww, how cute! Now I really want to see your honker costume…tell me you have pictures!

  9. Really Cute Pictures!! Hadn’t seen the fireman yet – What a good one!! I’m sure he will have a Halloween blast! G-ma.

  10. how cute! thanks for stopping by. working can be so busy and commuting and all, but you can do it with #2. and you’re taking 6 months off?? that’s awesome! at least your first is out of diapers, right?? that will help a ton!

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement! You’re right it’s helpful that the first one is potty trained. I’ll just keep telling myself I can do it, I can do it, maybe soon I’ll believe it.

  11. Oh! I saw these last night! They are awesome!! Thanks!

  12. I loved the pumpkin costume even though he obviously was not a fan!

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