Ahh, Halloween life with the Watkinez Boys. This had to be documented, right? Stay tuned because Lou's costume will be posted later this week. ;)
Long gone are the days that I have been able to choose Brody's costume (I think the first costume he was determined to have was Wizard Mickey at the age of 4). This typically means he will run with whatever he is obsessed with at the time, which is what we all did as kids, right? This usually means store bought costumes...which means no DIY time for me...WAH!
But this year was different. During the summer, the Brodster and I went to watch the Ghostbusters. We loved it, and as we are walking to the car, he said to me, "I want to be Holtzman for Halloween, mom. She's a girl and that's okay cuz she's funny!" I orderd it a month in advance because last year, we missed out on the Ant Man costume. I also ordered it bigger because two years ago, he had a crazy growth spurt and his Donotello costume was too small when Halloween rolled around (hence the huge costume this year...ya can't win, I tell ya!)
Why was this so significant? Because when I was growing up, gender roles for Halloween were a big deal. Back when I was a kid, when a boy dressed up as a female, it was for the sake of being funny that he was dressed as a girl. That's just how it was back then. You didn't see boys dress as females for the people that they were. A big reason why I loved the Ghosbusters reboot was because it opened my kid's eyes to the fact that women are just as funny as men. In a world where women are constantly fighting for equality, this movie was the perfect example for my kid to understand that we ARE equal. Something about that film just clicked for him. I honestly couldn't be prouder.
It may just seem like a Halloween costume, but to me, it feels like so much more. He repects women. We must be doing something right. ;)