I love the holidays, but I struggle with Halloween. Perhaps it's the skulls with blood dripping out of their mouths or the rolling eye balls that send me into "Why are we making light of this when there are real catastrophes with real injuries all around the world?!"
I know, I'm a real party pooper.
My kids, however, are obsessed with dressing up and morphing into different characters, so we participate year after year. I love fantasy and imagination and think healthy doses should be welcomed, but instead of getting sucked into the goriness, we stick to costumes that are about animals or real life heroes.
Since I find it very difficult to find well-made costumes that will last, I've rounded up a few gender-neutral options for looks you can throw together with untraditional Halloween purchases or items from around your house. I hope it sparks some creative juices and makes those of you not going all out feel like you're in good company.