A kids Halloween costume does not always need to have a mask. In fact, masks can create problems, if they become incorporated into any of the toddler Halloween costumes. A toddler wearing a mask will usually find it very difficult to walk about the neighborhood, the normal action of a child who goes trick-or-treating.
Mothers should therefore plan to purchase special Halloween make-up for their smallest “goblins.” A creative mother can add uniqueness to any kids Halloween costume by applying the right touch of make-up to the child’s face. Such make-up normally comes off without a great deal of difficulty. It also frees many mothers from concerns about dirty or stained toddler Halloween costumes.
For an older child, a kid’s Halloween costume does not need a mask that covers the entire face. Sometimes the right sort of costume can disguise a half-covered face as well as any larger mask that attempts to hide a young child’s visage. That fact became very clear to one young Girl Scout, who once attended a Halloween party dressed as a little Amish girl.
Now that took place long before any crazed man with a gun had marched into an Amish schoolhouse. It took place before anyone had seen the Amish lifestyle in the movie, Witness. In fact, only one other kids Halloween costume in the Philadelphia area had the same Amish headdress. That was the costume worn by the Scout’s sister.
Both costumes had been made by the girls’ grandmother. Both costumes included a black bonnet with a long and wide brim. That brim added mystery to the costume. It made it difficult for anyone to guess the identity of the costume-wearer.
That was an important feature of that Amish costume. It was a feature that the young Scout did not fully appreciate until she attended her troop’s Halloween party. At that party, none of her fellow Scouts could guess who she was. Only one of the two leaders thought to peer closely at the eyes hidden under that black bonnet. The leader could see that they were blue eyes.
Now that leader wisely chose not to reveal her discovery. She understood the fun that comes with fooling your friends by having a great kids Halloween costume. Of course, her actions did not need an explanation. The other Scouts saw her peering into the bonnet, and some of them soon followed suit.
Eventually, the other Scouts at the party figured out who was behind the black half-mask. They knew that only one girl in their troop had such blue eyes. They did not know that the woman who had made the Amish costume had provided them with a way to identify its wearer.
More than fifty years earlier, that woman, the Scout’s grandmother, had chosen to marry a young man with very blue eyes. Her choice had passed-on to her granddaughter the one thing that could allow certain people in the know to identify the face underneath the big, Amish bonnet.