Welp…it’s that time of year again…that magical time when parents get to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a costume their children will most likely wear once before getting tossed into a pile of " dress up clothes". You know that time of year when we spend hours in the costume isle of our local big box store while our child tries on dozens and dozens of outfits trying to figure out just who they want to be for Halloween. Oh yes my friends… Halloween is right around the corner. Are you scared yet!? I sure am! You see my wonderful and crazy four year old daughter is going through an identity crisis. There are days she has not a clue who she is or who she wants to be. Some days she is proudly her God given name… and then there are those days when there is just not enough wine in the bottle and she will not respond to anything less than Queen Elsa. So here we are at this wonderful conversation of "what do you want to be for Halloween this year honey?" Yesterday it was Elsa from Frozen.. the day before that it was a police officer… all good things! This morning … A pirate with a deep voice named green beard! Get this, the other day, I asked her if she wanted to ride horses and be an equestrian, to which she replied "No, mommy, I'd rather be the person that picks up the horse's poop!" So I sit here and wonder… do I just let her pick out the consume she insists she wants this year? Am I setting myself up for a let down when I hope to be an awesome family in costume only to find out she will not participate?! Yes, I can pull that mommy card and say "I bought this you are going to wear it!"… but let's be real for a minute… Does that one really work? I definitely don't want to be the mom frantically shopping online hoping to find the costume she really wants two days before Halloween praying it will arrive on time. I feel as though on Halloween night the moms of toddlers will have that look… an unspoken nod if you will, kind of like the cool kids who drive Jeeps. We will just smile at one another knowing all it took to get to this one night… these few hours of the hyped up candy parade. When all is said and done, I will take my little girl home, tuck her into bed, and say goodnight to this toddler style Halloween.