I, on the other hand, refuse to discuss costuming until October 1st. Mostly because she changes her mind so often. Oct. 1st, we lock in and I start construction.
This year, it was a headless ghost. ~k~ wanted to be Ann Boleyn. I could not justify making an elaborate costume, only to cut a hole in the middle for the "headless" head to stick out. In the end, I spent as much on constructing a simple generic headless ghost costume as I could have spent on a pre-made. But she looked GOOD. Really good.
However, after the 2nd house. THE SECOND HOUSE. She wanted to take the costume off. I spent weeks working on this and she wanted to take it off at the second house.
I'm a horrible parent. I made her wear the costume for the first 1/2 of the trick or treating route under threat of never making another costume for her again. She moaned and groaned, appropriate for a headless ghost I suppose, but she made it. I think she began to appreciate all the comments, compliments and requests for photographs.
And then she started planning for next year. And it wasn't even Nov. 1st yet.