A Galaxy Not So far Away...
So, it turns out that my kids actually don’t even need a designated day to dress up in costumes (or solicit candy donations). And we totally encourage their imagination (and occasional candy pleas) year round. We’re not big on refined sugars here, but you just may catch us out and about randomly dressed up as Star Wars characters (or other favored childhood nostalgia). It’s not every day that the general public sees this as ‘normal’ behavior, but we go for it anyway.
When I first introduced my kids to Star Wars, my wife was super reluctant. She felt that ‘A New Hope’ was just too mature for toddlers. Pfff!!! That’s where it all started for me as a young buck and that’s where the series had to start for them! Sure, there may be some thematic elements here and there that are slightly more for mature audiences—but hey, a good movie is a good movie. Anyways, she finally caved and let us all watch it together and the kids, of course, ended up loving it (without any nightmares about warfare in outer space... that I know of). They’ve now seen all the movies except Rogue One and Episode I: Phantom Menace. It may be a little dark, but my daughter actually laughed when General Snoke got light sabered in half in ‘The Last Jedi’ and I couldn’t help but laugh with her.
A while back, she was even given a gift card to the Disney store to pick out whatever she wanted and we found the Princess Leia outfit–and she just had to have it. And then I saw the Darth Vader get up for my lil guy, and I couldn’t resist either. And we have random lightsaber battles around the house and also binged watched Clones Wars (animated series) a few times. My wife is always trying to make fun of me for it all... the graphic tees, the lightsabers, the kid's lightsaber toothbrushes, my lightsaber silverware, the remote control droids, the toys and so on... but secretly she’s a fan too. Actually, my wife was responsible for the Yoda costume on my youngest (the force is strong with that one). So, whatever it is that brings your family joy and togetherness, I hope you guys indulge in every bit of it and 'may the force be with you!'