Mom of the year spent a couple hours today exploring the Purim costume scene in Bet Shemesh.
I never really did that before because –
a. my oldest has wanted to be Mordechai HaYehudi for the last two years and bathrobe + makeup beard + paper crown = score!
b. I never had that much time anyway.
Yes, I learned a lot today.
- I learned that Israeli Purim costume options are both endless and extremely limited.
- I learned that I am never ever going to pay NIS 170 for a manufactured version of the costume my son wants and I’m going to make it from scratch and that’s that, kids (he’s getting it for around NIS 55 AND he gets to keep comfy shirt and sweats after).
- I learned that if that freicha in the aisle next to me were to whine the word ‘zombie’ one more time I was going to kick her in the shins. Even her son looked like he would take a bite out of her.
Most of all, I learned that not every Israeli Purim costume for little girls is sexy. In fact, in Bet Shemesh, they can go a totally different route…
1. The Matriarch
Quick, who’s your favorite matriarch? Is it Rachel? I bet it’s Rachel.
Get your elaborate Rachel costume for only NIS 99.99, complete with camel imagery, as appropriate! Torah inside jokes!
2. The Other One
Yeah, I hear ya. Everyone and their mother is gonna be Rachel this year. So how about…
Aw, you thought I’d say Leah? Nah, not Leah. Though the makeup could have been fun.
3. The Oddly Specific
Moving away from biblical female Purim costumes based on puffy gowns I’m pretty sure didn’t exist back then… and moving towards puffy gowns that exist for the sake of existing, and then some.
Hebrew-challenged? Disturbingly weird fifteen-year-old Nickelodeon cartoon challenged? That costume is: SpongeBob. Princess.
I officially can’t.
4. The Classic
And, if none of these options fit your daughter’s wild underage girlish fantasy, you can always go with – but of course – literally, ‘naughty kitten’… in a toddler size.
And don’t get me started on the sexy Hello Kitty costume line for grown women.