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Let’s “Chase Lightning Bugs” On Halloween

My oldest child wants to be a dragon for Halloween. I’m not an “Oh cool, I’ll make one from old jeans and false hope” kind of mom. So I’ve been scouring the Internet looking for one I can make with two clicks and my credit card information. I found this:

dragon costume

Image: Chasing Fireflies

Really cool costume, right? I love it and so did my son. It’s $75. At first glance. I thought to myself, “These lunatics at Chasing Fireflies are either on very expensive cocaine or I’m clearly not part of their costume demographic.” After further clicking and indignation, I discovered that $75 is for the pants, shirt and tail ONLY.

accessories sold separately:
– demon dragon mask
– demon dragon hands
– demon dragon wings
– demon dragon feet

What in the holy hell, Chasing Fireflies?

All the other crap (that actually makes this a dragon costume) is sold separately for a grand total of $186 or, as I call it, groceries for a week, the boots I’ll never get, or enough clothes from Old Navy to last an entire season for one of the kids. I really should have known that this catalog is not for me by the use of the term “fireflies” in place of what should be “lightning bugs” said with a twang. I’m sure the catalog “Chasing Lightning Bugs” is my price range.

Let’s keep in mind that your kid is going to wear this around for an hour or so begging for candy. A kid in a $186 costume should be walking around giving out money to the poor schmucks in his neighborhood because something has obviously gone better in his life.

My kid will probably be wearing this costume from Walmart (or another place where sane parents who like to eat buy costumes):

Dragon Costume

Image: Halloween in Style


I found this costume for $19.74 from a place called Halloween in Style. This sounds more in line with what a Halloween costume should be, which is cheaply made and uncomfortable with a mask that only allows for shallow breathing. It’s all part of the childhood Halloween experience. If you aren’t having trouble breathing while hoisting a plastic $1 pumpkin bucket then your parents have failed.

I’m going to go back and add this to my list of “Stupid Modern Parenting Trends” that cause my butt hole to itch. Give me a break, people.

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Britni Bradford

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

We DIY on all our costumes - and usually as a family theme. I loved doing that as a kid, and my 3 yr old loves being part of the craft process. This year we're Pigeon, Duckling, Elephant & Piggie - the Mo Willems cast...


Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Personally, I love Chasing Fireflies costumes, especially thier exclusive ones. I'll admit I have champagne dreams on a box wine budget but for the last 3yrs my daughter has worn one of thier exclusive costumes each Halloween. In May, I was able to score this year's costume AND the additional accessories for less than $30 including the shipping bc I got it during thier 40% off sale. Last year and the year before I got her costumes secondhand off of Ebay for a real bargin. Next year I will be purchasing 2 costumes from them but in order to do it I have to both save and STALK both the site and Ebay to get the best deal. It's crazy but I'm a Halloween fanatic.


Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Hilarious, and spot on!

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