Is it Cosplay if it’s for Halloween?

For the past three Halloweens, Wes and I have gotten out of needing Halloween costumes because our son was too young to go trick or treating or we had a young baby and hence an excuse for getting out of just about everything. Now, though, our boy is almost four and our daughter is one and we’re all finally ready to go trick or treating together and that means COSTUMES.

The problem is, there’s a lot of pressure to find the right costume. They can be a tad pricey and I don’t relish the idea of having to shell out another $60-$80/costume next year because we hate the ones we buy this year, so we have to get it right this year. And before you ask why it’s necessary that we take our kids trick or treating in costume, it just is. It’s necessary for the same reason I put up oodles of Christmas decorations every year on December 1 and take them down December 26. It’s necessary for the same reason we dye Easter eggs and cut hearts out of paper to give each other. It’s just HOW you DO a HOLIDAY.

I’m having a lot of trouble coming up with inspiration for costume ideas. Here are some I’ve found:

This is taking the whole "couples costume" a bit too far, but I know how much Wes loves bacon so I dunno...

This is taking the whole “couples costume” a bit too far, but I know how much Wes loves bacon so I dunno…

Wes already has the facial hair for Tony Stark, and I might actually be able to get him to wear this. It's a bit boring, though.

Wes already has the facial hair for Tony Stark, and I might actually be able to get him to wear this. It’s a bit boring, though.

 

I suppose I could wear this one easily enough and trick or treat as one of George Michael's employees.

I suppose I could wear this one easily enough and trick or treat as one of George Michael’s employees.

The problem I’ve found is that the women’s costumes insist on being super slutty or super scary. I’d like to find a costume that 1) Doesn’t give my kids nightmares or 2) Show off my cleavage to all my neighbors.

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?