Sometime around the middle of September I started thinking about costume ideas for Halloween. I was trying to come up with something fairly simple for Zach that wasn’t scary as practically everything he sees right now is “scary”. He was really into Curious George at the time, so I thought that would be a good choice for a costume. I searched and searched for the perfect Curious George costume for him, brought it home, and he was terrified of the dang thing.
He screamed while I forced him to try it on, then begged to take it off. I wasn’t sure what to do. I was out of ideas and was hoping that his fear would subside by Halloween. I was scheming and planning trying to figure out a way to make him like the costume. I was even planning to go so far as to have his cousin try it on. Zach wants anything and everything that his cousin has and vice versa. I figured there was a pretty good chance he would want to try it back on after Ryan did.
While I was still trying to figure out what to do about the Curious George costume, Zach’s cousin Ryan formed an obsession with the movie, “A Toy Story”. Ryan wouldn’t go anywhere without his hand-me-down Buzz Lightyear and Woody toys. So guess what Zach wanted all of a sudden? Buzz Lightyear and Woody of course. He didn’t know why they were so cool because he hadn’t seen the movie, but Ryan had them so he had to have them too.
I decided that if he was going to get obsessed about the toys, then he might as well see the movie. I picked up a copy while we were wandering around Wal-Mart waiting for a prescription one day. We went home and watched it right away and Zach was in love.
After trying again to get Zach to put on the George costume, I finally gave up and decided to take it back. It just wasn’t worth the fight. After talking to my sister, I decided that maybe I should just suck it up and get something different. I knew that Ryan was going to be dressing up as Woody and thought it would be pretty cool if Zach was Buzz Lightyear. I asked him over and over again if he wanted to dress up like George or Buzz and his answer was very consistent. Buzz it was.
Thanks to my sister-in-law who works at the Disney Store (and gets a very nice discount) we finally got our hands on the costumes yesterday. I don’t think I have ever seen two happier faces than I saw yesterday when we showed them their costumes (except maybe when I was in 6th grade and my sister and I got New Kids On The Block tickets for Christmas). Those boys were absolutely glowing.