Ever since I have had children, I have never given them a say on what they are going to be for Halloween. Partly, because they are so little, but also because I like to shop the day after Halloween sales or use free stuff. The problem with buying stuff the day after Halloween is that they are generally the rejected costumes that nobody wants to wear. Poor Charlie was going to be a banana last year if it wasn't for a last minute lion costume that my sister gave us.
The other problem with forcing your child to wear a costume they don't want to is that it makes Halloween a miserable holiday. I will never forget the year that I tried to entice Luke to be a giraffe against his will. I hung the costume up for months, let him look at it, try it on, and he still hated it.
"A superhero robot with a cape and fire." I thought it was a fluke, so I kept asking him for a few days, and the response was always the same, especially the fire part!
So, I've decided to do something totally out of character and give Luke a well-thought out homemade costume. I feel that I owe him that much. I purchased a can of "hammered metal" spray paint, some metallic dryer venting for the arms and will use a cheap plastic container (with lid) for the body. The helmet will be an old bleach bottle cut in half. My sister, Caitlin, gave Luke a cape for his birthday, so that's an easy one. My only problem now is how to give him "fire," without giving him a torch to carry around. Or is it okay to give your 3 year old a lit torch if it is part of his costume?