Halloween costume shopping got me like…

Welcome aboard, train wreck.

Have you been in a store lately? Have you tried to buy a Halloween costume? Finding anything seasonal right now is giving me PTSD flashbacks of the great toilet paper shortage of 2020.

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So, I saw this yesterday and thought, yup. I’ve been there. I feel this on a soul level.

Now, what could ever make a mom feel like this?

3 words. Halloween. Costume. Shopping.

Listen. Here’s the thing. I’ve my kids. In the paraphrased words of Gomez Addams I would die for them  I would kill for them. But Halloween costume shopping had me realizing why hamsters eat their young.
In one corner, an 8 year old hell bent on being a dinosaur. Alas, plenty of Fortnite. No dinosaurs. Literally we went through every single costume. How about this? Sigh no. Every. Single. Package. On the wall. On the rack. Up and down aisles.
In the other corner, an 18 year old wanting to be an elven warrior. Think Tauriel from The Hobbit. But again, nope. Nothing in her size. No wigs. No costumes. Not even something to put together. No corsets. Nothing.

As we were leaving Spirit Halloween I apologized for the store not having much of anything. Because you know I control the shipping fiasco that’s happening off of California right now. And that’s when I heard it. The muttered, “This Halloween sucks.”
Like thanks, kid. I’m trying here. I’m trying to make the best out a bad situation. The stores have no stock. Everything on Amazon is delayed.

What’s a mom to do?

Drink some wine. Eat some cheese. Break open that stash of candy you bought without telling the kids. While you’re surrounded by candy wrappers, realize you’re doing the best you can with what you have. And it’s totally OK to love your kids and not like them. It’s absolutely perfectly fine to not want to be around them. Especially when they are acting like spoiled, rotten, entitled brats.

Yes, as a mom, you want to make sure your kids are happy. But sometimes, somethings are out of your control. Take a breath. Take a drink. Take a moment. And remember that you may not control the stores the supply, or even your kids. What you can control is how you react to the situation. And that’s what I did. Spirit doesn’t haven the Halloween spirit this year. No worries. We’ll go to Party City.

Newsflash – that wasn’t a lot better but dragons apparently are good substitutes for for dinosaurs. And Game of Thrones costumes can help you look like an Elf Queen. We also learned that $25 wigs aren’t all that much better than $10 wigs. And when all else fails, there’s always stay home, eat candy, and watch spooky movies.

If you’re still needing some last minute Halloween costumes, stay tuned. I have that post coming.

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