Halloween. A time to be anyone or anything you want. A time to dress up, be different and to have fun. One of my memories of Halloween was how hard it was to decide what to be. We stuck to the classics because we did not have that many inspirations via the TV. Scooby Doo, GI Joe and Transformers were popular and of course Star Wars. Those are all still popular (classics) but thanks to the Internet and having on demand access to thousands of cartoons on Netflix, kids can really expand their characters.
Even last year when I took our boys out, the array of costumes was great. There were still a few ghosts and goblins, but there was A lot of Lego guys, Avengers and Frozen people. Ah yes, the marketing people understand Halloween don’t they.
Our oldest kept it simple. He was a black cat. Not a cat from a TV show or movie. Just a black cat. Cartoons have not taken over his mind yet I guess.
I figured this year as the Netflix viewing has expanded to a lot of new shows, that would jog his costume choices. Well I can report it did not. Although you could say there is a connection to his choice and a cartoon he watches.
This year’s pick barring a classic last-minute change is a Ninja. We already have the costume and play sword and he loves it. Maybe his interest in Ninjas came from two shows he watches. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers or Ninjago.
Charlie, our youngest, really wanted to be a race car driver because he has entered the Cars stage of his life. That seemed like it was going to be hard to do. After a walk around the costume section and showing him at least 20 options, he went with a Little Devil.
Again, looks great on him. But it is not associated with a cartoon he likes currently.
I will be posting photos of them soon in their costumes.
We have many years of Spider-Man, Star Wars and Lego characters ahead of us when it comes to Halloween. As for me, I have to say I don’t generally like to dress up. But maybe I should dress up as one of the bouncing Netflix balls that is featured on the loading screen. Have I mentioned how my our boys enjoy those?
Are you kids still stuck on what to be? Tell them to turn to their favourite cartoons for inspiration. Seems like the easiest way to go.
Here are a few cartoons and movies to check out even if they don’t result in a costume.
THE MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN SHOW
SEASON 1, 10/9
ALL HAIL KING JULIEN
SEASON 2, 10/16
SEASON 1, 10/30
EVER AFTER HIGH
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND BOLD
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
MY LITTLE PONY
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS
THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS