Dressing up your children for Halloween is a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit of a project. For many parents, the whole process is repeated again a few weeks later – the holidays mean pageant season for many children.
Depending on your school, your child may be given a costume, or you may have to purchase or design a costume yourself. Whatever the case may be, there are a few things to keep in mind to cut down on your stress and keep your kid smiling and having fun during a school pageant.
- Make sure the costume fits. Don’t wait until the last minute to have your child try it on so you can make adjustments. If the costume doesn’t fit properly, it might end up on the floor of the stage before the first song even begins, especially if you have younger children. An ill-fitting costume will be a constant distraction for your little one.
- Heat check. Where you may have been worried about keeping the cold out of your child’s Halloween costume, keeping your child cool during a pageant is often the issue at hand. Make sure the costume is properly ventilated and opt for face paint over masks if possible.
- In case of emergency. Another thing you should pay special attention to is making sure it’s easy for your child to go to the bathroom when wearing the costume. If it’s not, they could have an accident before or during the play, which won’t be any fun for anyone.
- Clear the runway. Since your child may have to walk up steps to get to the stage and may be situated tightly between his or her classmates, you’ll want to make sure the costume doesn’t have any loose ends. Try to eliminate or alter any part of the costume that could cause your child to trip and fall.
- Consider all your options. If you’re responsible for your child’s costume, consider homemade components and shopping for the costume online, especially if you can’t find what you are looking for in the local clothing store. Buying costumes online can be particularly advantageous during pageant season, as many stores stop carrying costumes after Halloween.