What are bus stop costumes? If you follow me on social media at all, you may have noticed me in a lot of Halloween costumes lately. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love any excuse to dress up in costume. I borrowed an idea from my friend, Julie, who is a mom I look up to. She started dressing up in costume every day in October to pick up her kids from the bus stop a few years ago.
Julie and I have many things in common. We both have 5 children, we both are kinda loud, we laugh at pretty much everything, and we both love having fun! She started dressing up in costume, because at the time, her 3rd grader was taking life too seriously. She wanted to teach him and the rest of her children that life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. Slow clap, Jules!
Now finally, FINALLY, we have a bus stop. I was over here itching for my first day to dress up! And then that first day came, and then I though, wait a minute. I’m the new girl here on this block. My neighbors are going to think I’m the biggest freak ever.
Bus Stop Costumes
I started to sweat a little as I walked down the long street dressed as Darth Vader. My sidekick, Chewie, was super pumped, too, until she asked me, “How come nobody else is dressed up?” I just changed the subject.
This was a lesson for me as much as my children. If I’m going to encourage them to make new friends, step out of their comfort zone, stand up for others when it’s hard, stand out, be silly, break the ice, or any other cliché thing a mom tells her kid to do, well I better walk the walk.
My intention is definitely not to embarrass myself or my children. I just want them to know that their mom loves life and that she loves them. It’s fun to be goofy and silly and weird. I don’t want to be like everyone else.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 38 years of life, it’s that I’m secure in who I am, because I know where I come from, and I know where I’m going. My faith, friends, and family are everything. If I can bring a smile to my kids or someone else’s kids if they’ve had a rough day, then that makes me happy! Pride schmide.
And if you thought I had any pride left, I’ll just leave you with the Elf costume.
If you’re wondering where I get all my costumes, a lot are a supply I’ve been building from years of family Halloween costumes plus running costumes plus borrowing some from friends and family. I sometimes buy an accessory or make one.
There’s still plenty of time for new friends to join in the bus stop costumes fun for the rest of October! Check out the hashtag #BusStopCostumesUnited on Instagram to check out more of our friends joining in the cause! 🙂