It’s that time of year when my children are starting to plan their Halloween costumes. Every summer, I think this is the year I will do the right thing and make my child’s costume. One thing leads to another, and we are back to school, putting in a winter garden and preserving food.
I have to admit, I often take the lazy road and buy my children (gasp!) polyester costumes.
From a geisha to Cleopatra, my daughter has had some unique costumes, although she didn’t really know what they were nor did I want to give her a full explanation.
When my children were younger, I was a much better parent when it came to Halloween. I am still a stickler for organic candy and chocolate, but I no longer insist upon natural fiber costumes. Call me a hypocrite (I deserve it); call me lazy; call me cheap. Despite my unnatural costumes, I still held firm to no violent costumes, that was until this year.
After years of wearing fancy dresses and watching the boys be ninjas, this year my daughter has decided she wants to be one too (complete with a plastic knife). She hit me up when I was feeling down from a cold, and yes, I ordered it. Her father said I must be really ill.
What is a ninja anyways? According to Wikipedia:
A ninja or shinobi (忍者 or 忍び?) was a covert agent or mercenary of feudal Japan specializing in unorthodox arts of war. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, andassassination, as well as open combat in certain situations. The ninja, using covert methods of waging war, were contrasted with the samurai, who had strict rules about honor and combat.
Well, this fits with my daughter’s fascination with Japan, but I wonder do violent Halloween costumes have the same effect as violent video games? I certainly don’t want her to pretend to be an assassin, but there is some historical significance to the costume. I mean really, is it any worse than pretending to be a female entertainer or a princess?
I think I have more of a problem with the polyester than the costume idea. Perhaps I should start sewing…How do you handle the synthetic, violent costume dilemma? Where do you fall short as an eco-parent?