I love Halloween. Love it, love it, love it. I love thinking of costume ideas, and making costumes, and wearing costumes, and seeing other people in costumes. (And yes, eating candy, if you're going to twist my arm about it.)
I mean, look at the following evidence:
And then ZB came along, and that just doubled the costume fun. (Sadly, Tony has never been one for dressing up. Even when we were first dating and he was still trying to impress me, he balked at the whole couples costume idea. Sigh.) But ZB wasn't old enough to protest, so she became my costume muse.
For example, last year:
I mean, you can't be a lion tamer without a little lion, can you? But Internets, this year the best part about Halloween is in DANGER! And not fake being-chased-through-a-haunted-house-by-a-guy-with-a-chainsaw-with-no-chain danger, but real danger! Because ya'll, this year ZB does not want to wear her costume.
Seems that now that she is a toddler, she's got this crazy idea to "exert her independence" and that includes refusing to wear her little costume hat. Seriously. I've been "practicing" with her for the last month to wear her hat, and she just says "No! No! No!" and pulls it off. Don't get me wrong, she thinks it is hysterical when Mommy wears it, or Daddy wears it, or CC wears it, but when it goes on her head, she wants nothing to do with it.
I am very concerned! The costume doesn't really make sense without her hat, and if her costume doesn't make sense, then my costume doesn't make sense. (And I spent a lot of time making my costume by hand. Many a night I slaved over my sewing machine, and I don't really even know how to sew!) So I'm not sure what to do. If she balks tomorrow, then my plan B is to put her back into her wedding outfit and call her a princess. But I'm really really hoping that Plan A (Wear the stupid hat!) works.
Does anyone know any good bribes that work on toddlers?