|Cinderella to Zipper Face
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Ten years ago our family was complete with the birth of our daughter Brooke. She was born a month before Halloween and that first year she was a plump little pumpkin. Obviously she was a month old so she didn't have a say in the matter.
That next year she was a white rabbit to our oldest son's magician. Then she donned an Eeyore costume her brother wore on his first Halloween. Then we got into the princess phase. Two years she went as Cinderella followed by a year as Ariel from the Little Mermaid. A cowgirl, cheerleader and devil made it into the mix too.
Last year she changed course and went from adorable character to walking dead. I'm not going to lie, when she announced she wanted to be a zombie I was a bit hesitant. I think the biggest issue for me was my baby girl was growing up and I wasn't ready. Then a few months ago she announced she wanted to have a zipper face with blood oozing and I cringed. I tried in vain to talk her out of that decision. But I was happy she was still choosing to dress up.
|Zipper face & friends
Her best friend was going as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz so I suggested she be the Scarecrow or even on of the witch's flying monkeys. I got a big fat no. My wife and I dressed as Sadness and Anger from the movie Inside Out and thought we had her hooked on the idea of being Disgust, but she rejected that too. So with days before the big night of trick-or-treating, I picked up a zipper face kit at Walmart.
Even moments before I opened the kit I asked her again if she was sure that's what she wanted to be and she said she was. She changed into a monster costume she wore from a previous dance recital and was ready to start the transformation. It didn't take long to tell she was very happy with the process. Yes it's another sign that my kids are growing up, but I had fun helping create the new look for my daughter. While it may not be the thing all 10 year old girls would do, it's what she wanted and being different is never a bad thing.