This Year’s Halloween Dilemma

Obviously, it is about time for me to start considering Halloween costumes for Elizabeth for this year.  Here are my top three contenders and then my problem with those top three contenders.

Option #1:

Lizzie from the movie Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

This one is the one Elizabeth keeps asking for.  She watched the movie a lot and I must have mentioned at some point that Elizabeth could be Lizzie for Halloween (I don’t think Elizabeth knows enough about Halloween yet to have come up with that on her own) and it stuck.

Pros: Would be adorable.  The yellow coat could then be Elizabeth’s winter coat this year and she’d probably always be willing to wear it because it is Lizzie’s coat.  She’d carry her fairy dolls in her pockets just like Lizzie did in the movie.

Cons: I haven’t been able to find a toddler sized yellow coat like that anywhere and I’d have to make it myself or have it made for her.

Option #2:


Elizabeth loves pretending to be Madeline and we read the book all the time.

Pros: Again, adorable.  And again, the coat could be her winter coat and she’d wear it.

Cons: Same deal with the coat, I haven’t seen a similar one in stores, though I haven’t looked as hard as I have for the Lizzy coat.

Option #3:


Elizabeth adores Eloise.  She’s always pretending to be Eloise and actually knows that Eloise starts with E (which is just a testament to her love of Eloise, as we haven’t done any kind of serious alphabet instruction) and she loves calling me Nanny and the dogs Weenie.  She walks around saying “I am Eloise.  I six.  I live in the Plaza Hotel on the tippy top floor.”  Matt likes to tease her by telling her that she lives on the bottom floor of the Holiday Inn and she always shouts “NO, the TIPPY TOP FLOOR!”

Pros: Adorable and she already owns most of the pieces of that outfit.

Cons: Might not be warm enough for Halloween.

Now, the main con of all three of these costumes, particularly Lizzie, is that we will constantly have to answer the question “and who are you supposed to be?” because they won’t be as easily recognizable as say a Cinderella costume.  I wonder if I should just cave and dress her as something commercialized to take pity on the people who don’t read children’s books.  (And have no imagination.)

What do you all think?  Opinions?


  1. says

    I think you should go with one of these three ideas, because they are AWESOME. And who cares about the people who don’t get it. Elizabeth will get it, and that is the important part.

    Could you do the first one with a yellow rain coat?

    I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these. Can’t wait to see photos!

    • HereWeGoAJen says

      I was thinking as long as it wasn’t too shiny of a yellow raincoat. But then I couldn’t find one of those either. All the yellow raincoats I saw (and there weren’t many) looked like firemen coats.

      I also figured that if I went with either of the second two, I could print out the book cover on fabric and make her trick-or-treating bag out of it.

        • HereWeGoAJen says

          I thought about having her just carry the book, but we all know that would just end with me carrying the book. I figure she’s good to carry a bag full of candy. And my mom can print onto fabric with her printer. (She did it recently and Elizabeth now has a quilt with her own face on it.)

  2. leanne says

    My initial reaction was to say Lizzie since Elizabeth keeps asking about her. But then I wondered if she knows the other two are real possibilities, and if she did would that change her mind… And really she’d be adorable as any of those characters. I’d see which of the three appeals to Elizabeth and go for it. So I say don’t cave.

  3. Cece says

    They are all equally cute! This is probably the last year YOU get a say, so I vote to pick the one you like the best, and the treat bag idea is perfect.

  4. Kim Q says

    I have 2 little girls, and honestly had no clue about who Lizzie was! :o) So with that one, even with a coordinating treat bag you may still get questions. The other 2 are much more recognizable, at least in my opinion. But of course go with whatever you think will make your tiny the happiest, because that is what it is all about. And the candy of course. Hehe!

    • HereWeGoAJen says

      Yeah, Lizzie is pretty obscure. I only included her on the list because that is the one Elizabeth mentioned. I suspect she’d be just as happy to be Madeleine or Eloise if she knew they were possibilities.

      • says

        As a member of the “hand out candy to kids my grandchildren’s age” generation, I vote for Eloise or Madeline. IF Lizzie becomes a classic, Elizabeth’s daughter can go as Lizzie. And I promise I like to see DIY costumes MUCH better than the predictable princesses.

  5. says

    Please don’t cave. I love that your ideas are orignial and that Dibits loves them. And I think it’s great that you’re thinking ahead of the game about how you can reuse the costume after. Bonus.

    I strive to go the unconventional route too. Last year Nugget was a munchkin from the Wizard of Oz. This year he’s going to be Puss in Boots. He loves Shrek so I wanted to do a character from there. But I refuse to buy a costume and instead, with the help of my mom, I’m making it. Then I learned that the movie Puss in Boots is coming out this year and I realized it will probably be more popular than I thought, but oh well.

    I’m relying on the foam sword to help me convince him to wear his cat costume. Does that make me a bad mom?

  6. says

    1. If someone asks who she is, the answer, “She’s XX, from one of her favorite books!” will be fine, even if they’ve never heard of the book. But I think most people will know Madeline and Eloise.

    2. I always ask kids what they are even if it IS a recognizable costume. Because it’s fairly common for a kid to look like a witch, but when I ask, I find out that they’re a princess witch who rides a rocketship and has a pet squirrel. So I really wouldn’t worry about the having-to-explain part.

    3. LL told me he wanted to be an airplane, and there’s no way I’m making an airplane costume, so I just kept naming other things until he said, “Yeah, that one!” and became obsessed with something else. I’m sure you’ll be able to get her excited about any of these once you decide.

  7. says

    I am not buying a costume this year as Grandma has bought all three of them various costumes for Xmas and birthdays. I like the idea of buying/making her something she can actually use after the fact. She doesn’t want to be Tinkerbelle? You have the dress and wings already.

    Of those three, I like Lizzie the best.

  8. says

    All 3 are great. I say whichever Didbits wants, since they’re all good choices. I really want to do a homemade costume. Sophie really wants to be Caillou but I don’t know how I’m supposed to make her look like a bald 4 year old boy. No one will have any clue at all. So her 2nd choice is tinkerbell but I want to avoid the generic outfits (plus they are super expensive). Now I”m trying to get her obsessed with scarecrows thinking I can have her do that and she’d be super cute

  9. says

    I think they’re all cute. I am partial to Madeline and I imagine she’d be most recognizable, but maybe that’s just because she’s super popular in our area, what with the anglophones and the francophones. I can’t wait to see the pictures.

  10. Terri S says

    Wow Halloween will be here before we know it.

    I don’t think you can go wrong w/ any of them.

    I know Land’s End and LL Bean just sent me a catalog for kids and it had a pretty yellow rain jacket. Also try this site or check The children’s place. Good Luck I’m sure you will find a pretty outfit for her.

  11. LibbyinCT says

    I love all three, but I think you should go with one of the book ideas! However, I’m totally biased as I have been planning to do book themes for my 1.5yr old twins this year (Corduroy and the Very Hungry Caterpillar). Still, I think those who appreciate books will love the “literary” costumes, and those who don’t get it, well, shame on them. :)

  12. Jodi says

    I am writing my own comment before reading the others……I say Eloise! How about putting a poll up on your BLOG and ask the masses in the form of “said” poll?

    All three ideas would be cute, and Dibits likes all three characters but I still think Eloise is the cutest of the three.

    JMO, though!


    • HereWeGoAJen says

      I’m now actually leaning towards Madeline and Eloise. See, last year, it was hot during the day and cold at night on Halloween. So she could be Eloise in the morning (we went to a Halloween parade last year) and then put on her coat at night and be Madeline.

  13. Holly says

    I love them all as well! People would know who Madeleine is…and the idea of Eloise by day and Madeline by night is perfect! Remember how hot it was at the parade? WHEEEWWW, it was a scorcher…or it seemed that way to me, I think I was dressed a little warmly. Adam is being a pirate-his request. It is also his request for his birthday party, so YAY me, to not have to think about it!

  14. says

    With Eloise, you could have her wear warm tights and a flesh colored long sleeve thermal under her outfit. And you could have the “I am Eloise” saying etched on her bag. Then they might get it.

  15. says

    My vote is Madeline, one because it’s the only one I’m familiar with & I LOVE her coat!!! A Madeline winter coat, I LOVE IT!! I’m having my own baby boy halloween costume dilema………. popeye or mickey mouse???

  16. says

    Who cares what other people think! I say go with the one that Dibits likes the best. It is HER Halloween costume, after all.
    I don’t make costumes. I am far too lazy for that! I simply take the girls to a costume/party supply store and let them pick one out each year.

  17. says

    My daughter was Madeline last year. We found a costume online that has the hat (not as nice as I would have expected) a blue dress with a red tie. She looked adorable. I bought a used copy of one of the books, cut drawings out in triangles and made a banner flag to hang over the food table (French themed). Her cake was in the shape of a hat with red velvet cake inside. My inspiration was this: but not as fancy, although the cake was the same:

    The main problem was there is no licensed party merchandise for Madeline beyond a few balloons so I had to get creative: a metal Eiffel Tower, a French flag. I have lots of photos of the cake and costume I can email you if you are interested :) Good luck!

    • says

      I just reread: Halloween costume, not birthday party. But if you ever are considering a Madeline birthday party theme (my daughter was Madeline for Halloween AND used that as her theme for her birthday a week later: I got confused) well, some ideas?

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