For the past year, my daughter has been obsessed with Disney Princesses. But a month or so ago, her love and adoration transitioned to the Villains of whatever beloved Disney film we were watching. That said, it still caught me off guard when she insisted she wanted to be Snow White’s Evil Queen for Halloween.
I was bummed at first. Before the Evil Queen, she had been hard-set on being a jellyfish.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever done a search for “jellyfish costume” on Pinterest, but there aren’t many options. Which is why I was stoked for the brilliant jellyfish costume I had in mind! Finally, I had something potentially very cool to share on Pinterest!!
But alas, as the big day drew closer, my sweet girl decided she was going to be the Evil Queen. Then, finally, she decided once and for all, she was going to be Snow White’s evil Evil Queen when she turns into a witch. Final answer. She was stoked.
I kept making sure. I asked her numerous times that that is what she wanted to be. The neighbor girl kept telling her she should be someone nice for Halloween, but my girl stuck to her guns. She was going to be the Evil Queen as a witch.
So, my husband and I set out in search of a black cloak. I found the perfect one that just needed a trim here and there. Then I bought some cheesecloth for the scraggly, nasty hair. I didn’t want it to be stark white so I soaked it in coffee for a bit. The change was very subtle, but it was enough.
The night before her big costume party at preschool, I practiced my girl’s make-up on one side of her face. I did a high menacing black eyebrow, with dark grey circles around her eye. She loved it! I could tell she was excited!
The morning of the first big day of Halloween week, I set to work getting her ready.
I did her full make-up with eyebrows, dark circles, and even a few wrinkle lines. Then we added her outfit.
That is when it happened.
She looked at herself in the mirror. She asked her daddy to hold her. Then he took her to the mirror again. We kept saying “don’t you look cool?!” She refused to respond. She started to shut down.
We changed our tone. “Are you okay, hon?” “Would you like to change?” Her response was an extremely quiet “Mmhhmm.”
She decided she would rather be Anna for the day. (The photo on the left is of Z in the cloak right after we bought it. When she was dressed up as the witch with make-up, she refused to let us take pictures.)
No problem, we were only running five minutes late at this point.
I scrubbed off that make-up so fast! Threw on her Anna dress and put her hair in pigtails.
As a side note, this was the first time I saw a glimmer of regret that she had cut her hair. She was mad that I wasn’t able to put her hair in braids like Anna.
Either way, she still had a great time at preschool. And I learned a valuable lesson about giving my kid free reign about making her own choices (about certain things). Choices are great, but when we question it ourselves, perhaps we can steer them in a different direction.
On Halloween day, she is going to be the lovely, beautiful Snow White. Because Snow White is the only princess movie she hasn’t seen yet, so it is obviously her favorite.What are your kiddos going to be for Halloween? Have they ever changed their minds very last minute? What did you do?