Like many of you out there, this past year I was continuously terrified by catching glimpses of the new Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT.
Whether he flashed on the TV, Facebook or Snapchat, the clown was everywhere. And each time he popped up into my life unannounced, my blood ran cold. Partly because the new clown was so terrifying and because I was so excited to see the new movie.
Being a horror movie fan, I never expected my 3-year-old son to be so interested in all things scary movies, especially the child-eating monster Pennywise.
The story begins when a few months back that frighteningly adorable cosplay went viral. You know the one. The toddler dressed as new Pennywise standing on the train tracks.
Little did I know the image would spark the interest of my son.
Well, me being the type of mother I am, I decided to help him understand where the image of the cosplay child first originated and showed him pictures of the “real Pennywise.” When that got his attention, he started asking to see videos on YouTube.
After much deliberation, my husband and I decided to let our son see the less traumatic version of the scary clown with Tim Curry’s portrayal in IT (1990). So for the last few months, he began asking us over and over to let him be “the scary clown.”
What were we to do?
How much should parents regulate their child’s Halloween costume? Especially when I just knew from the bottom of my heart that little Liam would look certifiably adorable as the killer clown.
And before anyone accuses me of being the world’s worst mother, no, I have not let him see the 2017 version of IT. But he thoroughly enjoyed the old school version and actually thought it was hilarious! He understood that it was all fake and still wanted to be the scary clown Pennywise. And guess what? His costume was a huge hit!
Although he was told his costume was too scary to wear to school that day, he talked about how excited he was to embody the notorious killer clown.
I don’t know about you, but this is certainly one Halloween I will never forget. And I can only imagine what little Liam will want to be next year…
I cannot wait to find out.