Top 10 Reasons Halloween is Better than Christmas

Yes, I know Halloween was so a week-and-half-ago. Tell that to my three-year-old.

Top 10 reasons Halloween beats Christmas as a holiday.

10. There is more candy to pilfer. Not only that, but it was free and comes in a wide variety.

9.  Far less hype and overkill. You don’t have to listen to Halloween music being piped into every store for three to six months prior to the actual holiday.

I didn't try putting a wig on my three-year-old.

Yes, that is totally a wig on me. I didn’t attempt one for Lil Diva. Not pictured: the teen-like breakout all over my face the wig helped hide or my daily “zombie hair”.

8. Anything can be interpreted as a costume. If you decide to give yourself a very visible head injury, people will compliment you on how realistic it is instead of wonder why you did not use makeup to cover it. (See what I did last October?)

7. The weather is nicer. Most of the time.

6. It is the perfect excuse for a bad hair day. Found the perfect wig? People will praise it instead of wonder why you’re wearing it. Find yourself wig-less? Any bad hair day can simply double as “trying out my zombie hair”.

5. Candy loot is excellent for behavior rewards or punishment. Five-and-half-year old isn’t going into time-out? Every five seconds he doesn’t listen you get another piece of his candy. He can try to earn it back before you eat it, but the window is very small…

Winner of most uncoordinated Halloween costumes.

We always try to go for the “least likely to look like an actual family” prize. Introducing: Rapunzel Without The Hair, the Athenian Goddess Who Used a Wig, Eye-ball Hat Dad, and The Robot Who Decided He Didn’t Want to Wear His Helmet, Arms, Legs, and Needed Last Minute Padding with Dish Towels for the Arm Holes but Whose Costume Rocked Once it Got Dark.

4. It makes a far more entertaining family photo. Forget green and red striped sweaters with snowmen. Bring on the eyeball hats, wigs, and costumes to show your family’s real personality.

3. There is less prep work. No one expects a large feast. You don’t spend months shopping and then give all of the credit to a fat dude in a red suit.

2. It can be a great way to market yourself. Are you crafty? When else can you knock on someone’s door with your design and not only NOT have the door slammed in your face, but be rewarded with candy (though it helps if the model is under the age of ten).

On the flip-side, why not advertise to those who have come to your house seeking candy? At one house a twelve-year-old was handing out fliers to families in the neighborhood advertising her baby-sitting skills. Ingenious.

Overly complicated geeky homemade robot costume by un-crafty people.

The Tackler’s homemade robot costume was a HUGE hit once it got dark outside (sadly this means capturing a great photo of it while on a moving target, is impossible). CG programmed the LED lights to pulse. Never mind The Tackler didn’t wear half of his costume and the last minute dish towels under his arms…

1. It gives you an excuse to get your geek on. A Star Wars or Trekkie nut? When else (other than perhaps Comicon) can you dress up and not draw odd looks? Or say you promise your son a robot costume, but you completely lack the crafting gene? It gives you an ideal reason to buy LEDs and circuit boards to spend hours programming into a perfect pattern while eliminating any argument your wife could possibly have because she also finds it cool.

When you are not crafty, the key with homemade robot costumes is to go "geek" and overboard. And over budget.

Night view taken without The Tackler. When he splintered off with CG while trick-or-treating, I could spot him from two blocks away, easy. Also called: Costume Least Likely to Lose Child In.

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What is/was your favorite thing about Halloween?

About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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21 Responses to Top 10 Reasons Halloween is Better than Christmas

  1. Annie says:

    Awesome costumes! The robot is so cool. My kids never let me get creative. They seem to detest all my ideas, so I let them be. This year we had Darth Maul, a soldier, a Celtic’s player, and Katniss. I went as a mom and Doc went as a dad. 😉

    • I see you had about as much of a theme as we did. Kids certainly have their own ideas about what to be. I tried to see if Lil D wanted to be Buzz Lightyear to which I received the glare and, “No, I want to be Rapunzel, Mommy!”

  2. Katie says:

    Great costumes! Love the robot. Little Man dictated all our costumes this year, all with an animal theme. Though Albert and I pretty much ignored his directive to dress up as monkeys and swing from trees 🙂

  3. Donna says:

    Love the robot costume…CG did a suberp job on your sweet little robot. Still dislike the title…it feels anti-Christian; it bothers me greatly that people spend more money now on Halloween decorations than on Christmas decorations!! Call me old fashioned, but I’m a Jesus-lover…and Halloween is a pagan celebration, afterall /-;

    • Donna – The only Halloween decorations I have are ones my children made in school. I love Halloween for the magic of trick-or-treating with my children.

      And if you’ve ever seen a photo of my house at Christmas, you would know there is no way I could ever spend more on lights on anything but Christmas. 🙂 I love Christmas as well, but Halloween does have a few advantages… like robot costumes.

  4. That looks like a flux capacitor on the back of Tackler’s robot get-up! Terrific costumes. You’ve got a great-looking crew.

    Best part of Halloween this year was the weather. It was nice enough that the kids could trick-or-treat with just their costumes on instead of under snowsuits.

    • I recall from my northern years as a child how very rare it was to not have to don the winter gear and make your costume unrecognizable. Glad the McFadden crew had a nice year too. I can’t wait to see their costumes (still waiting for you to top the Wizard of Oz year).

      I asked my husband for a post on how he made it. You wouldn’t believe how the coolest part (the “flux capacitor”) is actually made out of the cheapest household materials…

  5. Who knew a Rubbermaid tub could rock so hard?!?!?! Impressive!

    • I know, right? My husband initially had reservations about using the tub (as opposed to cardboard) but came around to the idea (which was mine, inspired by costumes I’d seen online). It’s all the cool lighting that was his department.

  6. bocafrau says:

    I like your reasoning a lot and I love that costume. Awesome is all i can say!!! 🙂

    • My husband had to soothe my son’s trick-or-treating buddy. He had a great pilot costume but it was a dark color, and so almost invisible in the dark. And my son was the most visible child out there and received so many compliments I think he started to feel bad.

      But it made them very easy to track.

  7. Azara says:

    What an awesome costume! I laughed when I read your comment about family photos, because it made me think of a post I did last year about weird Christmas family photos. Those ones are worse because they’re not intended to be costumes! I think…

    I’ve joined your site – glad to have found you again.

    • Nice to be found again!

      Our Christmas photos are hit or miss and often seem to get forgotten. Both holidays get groans from my husband. He never appreciates it until after when he wants to see the photos in years to come.

      I think I might use the Halloween one on our Christmas card..

  8. I love this! And I’m really glad you found time to “get it up.” IYKWIM. I think it’s better. People aren’t super-saturated with Galloween so they can really appreciate the writing and the photos. You, by the way, look mah-valous! 🙂

  9. Carol says:

    Yeah for the robot! I love it!

  10. John says:

    First – damn, that’s a sexy hint of leg!

    I love the robot . . . my costume was pre-ordained this year . . . but I agree that Halloween is a GREAT holiday, especially with wee ones. However, we had a tantrum last night because CJ wanted to go Trick-Or-Treating yet again. He had to suffice by putting on our costumes once again.

    • Why, thank you! The leg slit was a necessity as otherwise one suffers from “Morticia Dress” if it is long and cannot bolt after child who has decided to run. Once again proof that all of my clothing choices secretly stem from practicality.

      Lil Diva was also wanting to go again, but the Halloween decorations now taken down have helped convince her not until next year.

      Of course, now she’s counting down to Christmas.

      Put up some Christmas lights. That will likely distract CJ. 🙂

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