Halloween was once an evening of adult fun. Costumes, parties, candy, alcohol, it had it all. It still does, but the costumes, parties, and candy are now mostly for the kids. And the alcohol has been replaced by punch bowls with dry ice thrown in. You may find a kiddie Halloween isn’t well suited to the Halloween costumes you wore in college. There are some very different Halloween costume criteria for moms.
Say Bye-Bye to the Slutty Nurse
If you’re a mom or dad with a little one to take out for Halloween, your costume choices are more limited than in your pre-kid days. The days of the slutty nurse or school girl outfit are probably behind you. And your child isn’t likely to appreciate your Hellraiser costume. It may be time to consider some kid-friendly costume ideas.
This was never truly a problem for me. I was never a slutty nurse costume kind of gal. I once went to a fraternity Halloween party dressed as a bug. And not a sexy bug. I didn’t have to worry about someone else having the same costume that night.
I like cute costumes, but even cute costumes change once the kids come along. You have to consider things like holding a baby who will try to eat pieces off my costume, squatting down to re-dress a toddler pulling on their costume hat, or sprinting after a kid fleeing a scary dancing skeleton. I basically need my everyday mommy clothes, only costumey.
And Hello to Minnie Mouse
I love dressing up for Halloween. My greatest hits include an epic Ghostbusters costume with a homemade proton pack, Wonder Woman, and Minnie Mouse. I was also a witch approximately one hundred of my last 33 Halloweens. It’s because I have the perfect witch hat. It’s tiny, with a small little point which is cute and keeps it from flopping over. If you ever see a hat like this, grab it immediately. Future you in need of a quick and easy Halloween costume will thank you.
My oldest daughter is four years old. And I’ve been Minnie Mouse on Halloween for three of the last four years. The fourth year I was in the hospital after giving birth. I wore my most terrifying costume ever, the haggard expression of a recently postpartum mom.
My Minnie Mouse costume is the perfect mom Halloween outfit. I bought it at Disneyland. It consists of a mouse ear headband with a bow and a red apron with white polka dots and frills around the bottom. That’s it. It’s adorable. Tie the apron over a black dress or skirt, throw on the headband and voila, you’re Minnie Mouse!
It’s a magic costume. It fits through all stages of pregnancy, postpartum belly, too-tired-to-eat-healthy chub, too-tired-to-eat-at-all weight loss, or any other mom stage your body might go through. And still maintains it’s adorableness.
But my daughter told me it’s time I dressed as something else. She suggested a dinosaur but I’m thinking no on that one. I’m open to other ideas. I hope you fill the comments section with brilliant suggestions! Otherwise, I’ll be donning the mouse ears and apron as usual.
Halloween Costume Criteria for Moms
I’ve considered the criteria for the perfect kid-friendly Halloween costume based on what I love about the Minnie Mouse outfit. Here is what I’ve come up with.
1. Non-sexy, Non-Scary
Sexy costumes have their place, but may not be your best bet for trick-or-treating with your kids or helping out at your kid’s classroom Halloween party. Scary has never really been my thing and I have enough trouble getting my kids to sleep without causing nightmares myself. You also don’t want anything that has your baby or toddler staring at you in horror or bursting into tears every time they see you all night.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Chances are pretty good you will be carrying at least one kid on your tricker-or-treat journey, or possibly chasing one. You won’t want to be doing it in skin-tight anything unless it’s yoga pants.
3. Nothing Covering Your Face
Kids are sneaky and fast, especially on Halloween. You need your full range of vision to keep track of your little Halloween monsters.
It’s one night, one outfit and mostly to amuse your kid. I’m all for enthusiasm but hit up thrift shops or make something at home. Expensive store-bought costumes are rarely the ones people remember and love. Plus they are usually itchy.
5. Your Kid Should Recognize Your Costume
It’s wonderful to be clever but if the joke is over your kid’s head, it isn’t really in the spirit of the kid-friendly Halloween costume.
So, tell me, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are there any important criteria I left out? What was your best kid-friendly costume?
I can’t wait to see what other parents come up with this year. I hope all us moms find the perfect kid-friendly, perfectly adorable, clever, and comfortable costume this year. As for me, just call me Minnie Mouse!