With the popularity of Cats the musical, it is surprising how many people have never seen it. Almost everyone has seen a least part of Phantom of the Opera or Les Miserable’s at some point, but the musical Cats still seems to be sort of a niche thing. I think that is a shame. Cats the musical has something for everyone. For kids, it is obvious: the costumes, the dancing, and the silly songs are a kids dream. Even for adults, however, there are some great features of the story. Usually, the directing is very good and the actors are excellent. They consistently find people who can handle both the vocals and the acting amazingly well. The composition is much better than with most musicals – I have seen it five times, and it hasn’t gotten boring.
Not all productions of cats in musical are the same, however. The best place to see it in my opinion is on Broadway. Broadway musicals are always top-notch. There is such a theatergoing community there that, between the tourists and locals, they can sustain a top-notch production month after month, year after year. The actors change, but the overall quality remains the same. It will absolutely knock your socks off!
My kids liked Cats the musical so much when we saw it that they wanted to dress up like the characters. It wasn’t anywhere near Halloween, but I thought I’d indulge them. You see, in my family we really value the arts. Anything that encourages my kid’s creativity is something I’m willing to support. As such, we went out and bought supplies for cat’s costumes. We bought masks, fake fur, and a variety of other supplies. Over the weekend, we cobble together our own Cats the musical costumes.
My kids even insisted on putting on their own individual production of the Cats musical. It was a lot of fun seeing them prance around, trying out the songs themselves. They remembered some of the lyrics, and made up some of their own. I was surprised how much they practiced it. When they were done, they really had a good performance. I know that my opinion as a parent is biased, but it was still one of the most impressive things that I have ever seen them do. I filmed the whole thing, and years from now plan on showing it to their boyfriends and girlfriends. That will be fun!
When I was growing up, my mother always waited until the last minute to get us something to wear for Halloween. We usually ended up picking out some plastic costume from the local store and going with that. Though this was okay, it was not ideal. When my brother was in second grade, he had to dress up for school but my mother had no time to get him something. This was when I discovered how much fun home made Halloween costumes could be. Mom didn’t have the time to help him, as she had a newborn, so I took over with great results.
Though having a boy dress up as a girl is probably a pretty common idea for home made Halloween costumes today, it was not quite as common when we were growing up. I took what I could find in my room to make him into a very convincing looking little girl. Because he was only eight years old at the time, the only thing that I had a problem with was his hair. He was sporting a shaved look and I did not have a wig for him to wear. I had plenty of everything else to go with his home made Halloween costumes however, and he looked funny enough to crack up our cranky bus driver, whom we had never seen smile before that moment.
No matter what type of home made Halloween costumes that you want, you can usually find things around your home to make them. You can fill in what you do not have through a variety of sources. Thrift stores are always great for things like prom dresses, wedding dresses, and even suits that won’t cost you a fortune. You can also find things in department stores or craft stores. The biggest variety of fun things you can get to go with your home made Halloween costumes are going to be things that you can only find online. Just remember to order early.
When you try to go with home made Halloween costumes, keep one very important thing in mind. You have to get started early, especially if you think the costume that you are going for is going to be extremely complicated. You want to have time to mess up and start again, which is what is going to happen when you have a really great idea of which you have never seen anywhere else. You are starting from scratch with some of your home made Halloween costumes, and you don’t want to be left with nothing if you start too late and can not get it right.
Have you ever met a kid who didn’t like Disney movies? Well, come Halloween, here’s their chance to dress up as their favorite Disney character. From toddlers to teens, most kids will jump at the chance to own a Disney Halloween costume! Unlike ‘ordinary’ Halloween costumes, kids will make a special spot in their closet and use it again and again for dress up play. Although they may want a different Disney Halloween costume for next year, these are all collectibles for the permanent costume collection.
Although the genuine Disney Halloween costumes cost a little more, they’re really just a few bucks more than a ‘cheap’ costume, are well made and nicely detailed. The colors of the fabrics are as close to exact matches as you’ll find. Really cool accessories are available separately. For example, in addition to a Jasmine(TM) costume, you can also get golden slippers, a tiara and a wand to complete this lovely costume. You can also buy wigs to go with any costume you choose.
Disney also offers a selection of Mother and daughter outfits, which are also good choices for teen girls taking younger children trick or treating.
No matter how small your child may be, there’s a Disney Halloween costume to fill the bill. They offer Dumbo(TM) and Tigger(TM) baby bunting costumes, among others. These costumes are not only adorable, but they also keep baby nice and cozy.
You can’t be cuter than in a Disney Halloween costume, leading to a heavy bag of treats!
Taking your pooch trick or treating? Disney has costumes for pets! Your pet can accompany the kids all styled out as Goofy(TM) or Mickey(TM)!
Snow White(TM), Cinderella(TM), Ariel the Little Mermaid(TM), Pocahontas and Tinkerbelle(TM) the fairy of Peter Pan fame are all popular with the girls. Boys go for Aladdin, Jafar, Peter Pan, Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook costumes. Again, check out the available accessories for all of these costumes.
Most of the Disney Halloween costumes are available in deluxe and ‘prestige’ versions, which include a little more detailing. Many are available in children’s, teen and adult sizes, so everyone can get in on the fun.
One of the best features of the Disney Halloween costumes is that the character is clearly recognizable. There’s no mistaking who your child’s character is, so there’s no chance the person opening their door with a basket of goodies asking, “You’re so cute, but who are you?” In a Disney costume, that little old lady may be tempted to be a bit more generous, too. “Oh, here, take a few more! You’re just sweet!”