Disney Halloween costumes are popular every year. In 2014, the success-avalanche of the Frozen franchise will further increase the frequency of Disney costumes in your neighborhood. Whether you, or your children, opt for a contemporary character or one of the many classics, who you’re wearing is determined by, and says a lot about, what kind of Disney fan you are:
Frozen, Olaf – The most lovable character from the most widely-adored movie in recent history, Olaf will be the single most popular costume of the year; Disney or otherwise. Homemade or store-bought, Olaf will be simply precious on your infant or toddler. Adolescent and teen Olafs will be slightly clumsy as a stocky snowman costume is best suited for humans bearing a low center of gravity.
Frozen, Elsa – Likely to be the #1 female costume of the season, Elsa will be a hit among girls, young and old, and blasphemous young men. Elsa represents strength and independence. Be proud of yourself or daughter for selecting Frozen’s atypical heroine. Be supportive of your teenage son.
Frozen, Anna – the more sympathetic Frozen sister, many will choose, and identify with Anna. Their lives, to be perfectly blunt, are not as satisfying as they might be. Elsa is the go-getter. Elsa defies the system and makes a home, a palace and a life for herself despite an oppressive establishment that seeks to contain her. Anna jumps on the couch and steals chocolate, sure, but she also spends most of her life sitting outside Elsa’s door dreaming about the life she can’t have. She’s adorable and can teach us all about love of family, but, parents, talk your daughter out of being Anna if you want her to go to a good college.
Classics- Donald Duck – If you have a child that is willing to wear a classic Disney costume, encourage it with unbridled enthusiasm. All too soon, your little ones will gravitate toward the inappropriately skimpy and blood-spattered. Promote an appreciation for the classics for as long as you can, with as many resources as it takes. Yes, it will take months to make a proper Donald Duck costume, but isn’t it worth it to keep your child from going as slutty Ebola nurse this year?
Hipster Classic – Oswald – This is how you separate the Disney fanatic from the pop-culture capricious. Anyone under the age of 40, wearing an Oswald costume, is doing so because of perceived coolness and a video game (see Hipster). Anyone over that age should go ahead and not wear this costume, because everyone will think you are doing it to seem alternative and cool (see Faux Hipster). Oswald was one of Disney’s original, lovable characters, but since none of his resurgence has anything to do with his true Disney contribution, donning this costume now seems artificial.
Star Wars – Darth Vader – The Disney/Star Wars association is still in it’s relative infancy. If your children have not made the connection between the two, once-wholly-separate entertainment entities, don’t force it. Encourage their appreciation for each individually. As they grow, and ride Star Tours a few times, true understanding and enthusiasm will blossom. Your roll will be to guide them toward the classic Star Wars characters. Any child who want to go as Jar Jar Binks, or who chooses young Anakin over Darth Vader should be grounded until reason prevails.
Have a Magical Halloween.