Happy Almost Halloween,
So what are your kids going to be? My boys are dressing up as Robin Hood (the six-year old) and a Roman/Grecian gladiator/half-blood/demi-god (the nine-year old). They look so cute in their costumes, but I have to admit, we had to have a few conversations about race as it related to their choices. (sigh)
So, the older kid wanted to be Percy Jackson, as in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief book series. We saw the movie and now he's read all the books. To top it off, he's studying Greek Myths at school. But his first thought was, I can't be Percy Jackson because I'm too dark. (double sigh).
I told him that yes, Percy Jackson himself was White but many gladiators were brown and black as they came from all over the world. He was fine with that. And honestly, this wasn't a big drawn out conversation fraught with tears and angst. But it did happen. And then the older child suggested I rip the patch with little White Peter Pan off little brother's costume, because well, little brother could be Peter Pan if people weren't reminded of that cartoon-ish White face.
So, I'm just curious. Do your kids of color feel the need to dress up as characters of color on Halloween? Do you parents try to suggest costumes that would be race neutral, like a princess or a race-car driver or a ninja? I honestly only started thinking about this this year, as my boys have gotten older and want to dress up as characters that they like/watch/read about. It sure was easier when my older son was a fireman, and the younger son was his pet dalmatian. Those were the days.
Enjoy Halloween Meltingpot readers. Don't eat too much candy!