Moms Talk: Costumes You Can Wear That Won’t Embarrass the Kids

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The trick about accompanying the little ones trick-or-treating is that you don’t want to appear too nonchalant, but you also don’t want to get so involved that you make them cringe.

We’re reminded of the friend who dressed as a sexy witch and totally stole the thunder from her daughter—but they did get more candy. Then, there was the dad who dressed as a giant gorilla and so out-shone his kids that they went home early. And, the best is the couple of moms who dressed as the Ab-Fab women (bottle of whisky and all) and got so plastered along the way, the kids had to point them the way home.

Here are possible costume ideas that won’t make you embarrassed.


You can’t go as Jake the Dog or Finn the Human from “Adventure Time,” but if you really want to appear in-the-know, go as Lumpy Space Princess—a kind of nebulous blob of purple with a star on your forehead, and a masculine voice


If you have a Smurf to escort around, Papa Smurf is just too easy to be one to accompany your blue co-hort. Consider a host of other traits that may fit: there’s Jokey Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Sloppy Smuf and a whole lot more.



You can’t go as SpongeBob or Patrick, but you can go as Squidward. No one wants to go as Squidward. Then, when you’re nagging them about walking too much and it being too late, you’ll be in character.



If all else fails and you find yourself sans costume, just tell everyone you’re playing the Hugh Jackman role (or Evangeline Lilly) in “Real Steel” and you’re accompanying the battle robots to the next fight.


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Joy Morales October 28, 2011 at 01:01 AM
My toddler won't quite care yet, but since she is going to be Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street, my husband and I are going as Maria and Luis so we can accompany her in her travels :) (And all our costume involves is two name tags...works out GREAT for us!)
Miki Henderson October 28, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Now that's smarter than the REAL STEEL gimmicks! I guess if the boys go as Charlie Brown and Snoopy we could be the faceless parents who go "Wah wah, wa-wa wah."
Bonnie George October 28, 2011 at 04:03 AM
I did Miss Matched last year, complete with Hawaiian shirt, polka-dot blouse, plaid skirt, different colored boots on each foot, a tiara and a sash. My Kindergarten daughter made me walk behind her at school. This year, she picked out my costume for me. But I'll still embarrass her... part of the fun of being a mom!
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Michele October 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
If you can be anything from Adventure time you will be perfectly in sync with your kids. Also knowing my kids if i do dress up as something ridiculous they would actually like it!


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