Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Procrastination

Have you ever become completely obsessed with an idea? So much so that you are unable to let it go without at least attempting execution?

(This happens to me quite often.)

It is especially dangerous when I have an idea late at night. When my giant purse (and thus, my credit card) is temptingly within reach. And The-Keeper-of-the-Budget (i.e., Scott) is lying sound asleep beside me.

Me: Scott, are you awake?

Scott: *snore*

Me: Okay hon, don’t worry, I’ll just handle it on my own.

(If that isn’t an all-clear to proceed, then I don’t know what is.)

So, back to my idea. As I’m sure you all know, Halloween is next week. I’m completely unprepared. Candy has not been bought, pumpkins have not been carved, house has not been decorated, I don’t even know where my Pottery Barn Kids Halloween catalog is, and I just bought Pumpkin Spice Coffee-Mate for the first time today. Bah, humbug. (Wait, it’s too early for that, right? Phew.)

The one thing that we have done is purchase the kids’ costumes, which happened very spontaneously. Basically Scott was walking the aisles at Target with our kids in tow and stumbled upon the costume aisle, whereupon he called me at work and I remotely helped him pick out three Halloween costumes.

I don’t do spontaneous very well. I’m one of those people who really wants to be spontaneous, but completely sucks at it. You know the type...I make a quick decision and then rethink it. And then make you discuss it with me. Over and over and over. And over.

So there I was on the phone, spontaneously discussing Halloween costumes with Scott as Owen intermittently shrieked in the background (apparently, lots of things jump out at you in the Target Halloween aisles. It’s not for the faint of heart). Ashley, who is 4 years old and apparently has a say in costume selection now, picked out a Super Girl costume all by herself. Scott then located a Yoda costume for Owen, which made me giddy with delight. I absolutely love all things Star Wars. Adore it. And Owen is short, just like Yoda. And Owen has these pointy ears, just like Yoda. And Oh My God, he is just going to be so stinking cute as Yoda I can’t stand it!!

Finding a costume for Aidan proved more difficult. I threw out various ideas, Scott made various suggestions, but nothing was coming together. Plus, it’s slim pickings for toddler costumes in the Target aisle two weeks prior to Halloween. But finally, we settled on a fireman costume. It was cute, and Aidan seemed to like it. Problem solved, right?

But something just didn't feel right. I've been thinking and rethinking that fireman Halloween costume. Did it make sense? Did it go with his personality? Did it fit a little too tight? Did I make the decision too quickly? Was there a better costume out there somewhere for him?

And then last night, I was sitting there minding my own business, when the idea came out of nowhere at lightspeed and hit me with the power of the Force itself:

Ewok!!!! Aidan has to be an Ewok!! Ewoks are also from Star Wars! And Ewoks are short, just like Aidan! And Aidan is goofy, just like an Ewok. It was meant to be. It has to be. It is his destiny.

A quick google search and $32 online purchase later, a sized 2T Ewok costume was all mine. Now I can rest easy, knowing that my twins will be in completely awesome coordinated costumes come this October 31st. Except for that one nagging detail about the expected delivery date being anywhere between Oct. 29 - Nov. 4.

Are Ewok costumes appropriate for Thanksgiving? They look a little pioneerish, right? I mean, just in case.


Lani said...

I so wanted my kids to be Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia but I know they would never keep the head parts on their costumes:) I waited till the just a couple days ago for something to come to me for them- not too hot, not too expensive, easy to assemble- skipper, gilligan and maryanne:) As long as skipper keeps his hat on we should be ok:)
I hope the ewok costume gets there in time!! Cant wait to see your pictures!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

My hubby vetoed yoda for our little man last year -
this year costumes aren't even bought yet.

Amy said...

I can not WAIT to see your Halloween pictures! Chris is a die hard Star Wars fan so he's going to love it! At some point I'm sure we'll do a family Star Wars dress up for Halloween, but really, the girls have such limited choices, you know? Of course Molly is such a tom boy, she'd probably love to be anything! I'm sure you'll get use out of the fireman costume just from a dress up standpoint anyways!

shannon said...

have i ever mentioned that you're my fave...? no!? well, you are. i am so *super* obsessed with the same sort of things AND i love everything star wars with all of my heart. i cannot *wait* to see your photos!

The Wife said...

OMG! I get stuck on something and can not let it go until it is done! I think they call it OCD!

Megan said...

Lani: Oh, Skipper, Gilligan and MaryAnne!!! That's a freakin awesome idea. I might have to steal it next year. I soooo wish I could make Ashley be Princess Leia - darn 4 year olds and their independence!! :-)

MamaO: I'm glad I'm not the only one late to the game this year. And your husband vetoed YODA!? That's blasphemy! ;-)

Amy: My fellow sci-fi twin mom!! Yes, the girl options are limited, for sure. I saw the cutest little Spock costume for toddlers that I *almost* bought for Aidan, but in the end the Ewok won out. I so hope it gets here on time!

Shannon: Yay, another Star Wars fan!!!! I looooooove it. And I like you tons too - I tried to leave a comment the other day on your blog but it wouldn't let me, and I was so sad. I'm heading back over and am determined to figure out what my technological issue is. :-)

The Wife: Crap, I was hoping I wouldn't get officially diagnosed with anything! I'm just going to stick with very attentive to details. It just sounds nicer. :-)