FTC Disclosure: We received press tickets to attend this event.
In the latest Mom Wars saga, I’ve been noticing a lot of shaming of little kids (mostly girls) for wanting to dress like princesses for Halloween. That instead of allowing our kids to dress up in frilly dresses, we should encourage them to dress up as doctors, scientists, engineers and chefs.
Seriously? Is that real life?
Yep, apparently, it is.
Now as a Mom who has always gone against the grain and rarely jumps into this kind of silliness, this is one just blows my mind. Calling out the nonsense that is associated with Mommy Wars isn’t really productive, but I couldn’t let this one go by without saying something.
This year, Elle and her best friend were invited to Mickey’s Not-So Scary-Halloween Party. They dressed up as princesses.
Because well…they like princesses.
These baby girls floated around Magic Kingdom with pumpkins in hands being greeted as Princesses the entire night. They had the best time and couldn’t stop smiling.
And you know what? I know that’s not everyone’s thing. Personally, I was never the little girl who loved pink. Even as an adult, I can’t force myself to be into the princess thing.
But that’s me. My daughter is not like me. I have given her the freedom to enjoy what she likes. She prefers dresses, we buy her dresses. She likes pink accessories, we buy her pink accessories. She wants dolls, we’ll buy her dolls.
You see, I fail to believe that my daughter’s adoration with the color pink and princesses, means that she can’t be a leader. Or intelligent. Or work in politics. Or in STEM. All of these things are absolutely possible, if and only if, she wants these things. What are we telling our girls by not allowing them to choose the things they’re interested in?
Also, why are we so limiting? Who says you can’t dress up like a princess and want to be a scientist? I don’t believe one has to do with another and for this reason, I will always follow my behind my daughter’s desires. Whatever she likes, I’ll be right behind to support her. I’m not going to force her into Halloween costumes that I think are ideal. It’s not about me.
The girls also went to a fall festival and guess what they dressed up as? You guessed it! Princess Tiana and Princess Jasmine.
It’s about little kids enjoying a season of fun and fantasy. In a day and age where these kiddos grow up incredibly quickly, I am perfectly okay with her taking the lead on her on life. Even if it’s picking out Halloween costumes and dress up clothes.
Let’s let kids be kids.
And Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
It was just as fun as last year’s. I highly recommend doing this event when it is closer to Halloween. We went in September and it was sooooo hot. Despite that, the girls loved everything. From the parade to the fireworks, the rides and Trick or Treat spots, it’s the one event we look forward to every year.
Our fun from last year’s experience:
FTC Disclosure: We were provided with press tickets for this event but all thoughts and opinions are my own.