Exhibit A: Bob Ross
Exhibit B: Albino Moana
Poppy as her costume of choice because I knew about the controversy that surrounded Moana costumes last year. There are some who believe that unless you are of Polynesian decent, you shouldn't dress up as Moana. I respect that opinion, and they are welcome to enforce it on their own children, but that doesn't mean it directs my life. I have worked hard not to point out race to my children. Annie attends a diverse school with people that are different colors and religions, but she doesn't care. She sees people with blonde hair and brown hair. Different skin tones are seen in the same way, as diverse physical characteristics. I don't want her to be afraid of celebrating the things that make us all unique. I want her to love and appreciate other cultures and beliefs so she is not bound by the prejudice of her ancestors. I want others to do the same. I love seeing girls with deeper skin tones dressed as Elsa or Belle. If we ever want to get past the racial divide, then we need to stop reinforcing it with hypersensitivity. Lest I be misunderstood, I don't think we should darken skin for a costume. Children should be educated about a culture and taught to respect it and celebrate it, not mock it.
With that said, I thought Annie made a pretty adorable Moana.
The dress and necklace came from a Halloween store. I added the sleeves using a white knit fabric that I dyed to *almost* match Annie's skin tone. This helped hold her dress up and keep her a little more warm and modest.
this yarn (which looks like wavy hair) using this technique:
Annie loved her costume. She even gave me a "Moana dance of joy."
These two were quite the not-so-spooky pair, but they were a happy pair, and that made all of the Halloween chaos worth it.