Halloween Costume Assembly and Male vs Female Brains

The Little Bean has finally figured out what Halloween is all about.

Last year, she wore whatever I put on her and lined up her candy in cool patterns. This year, she’s figured out what candy actually is. She’s now a toddler who loves to discuss everything and she’s quite involved in all clothing decisions.

Note: We still have the fabulous fairy dress from last year’s costume, as well as a princess ball gown she got for her birthday. Mommy wants to use one of THOSE dresses.

She and I had these conversations last week:

Me: Do you want to be Cinderella or a fairy?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland.
Me: *rolls eyes at Daddy*


Me: Do you want to be a princess or Tinkerbell?
Her: I think…Alice in Wudderland.
Me: *grumbling* Why does she always pick the non-existent “Option C?!”

I start worrying about how to dig up an Alice in Wonderland outfit….


FINALLY, a few days ago…

Me: Who do you want to be for Halloween?
Her: I like Princess Sophia.
Me: Yes! *pumps fist*


But when you’re working full-time, carving pumpkins, remodeling your house and tricking out a Sophia the First costume, all in the same week, strange fashion statements get made…


And even more strange conversation ensues, this time about the busyness of the female mind.

Case in point:

My first five thoughts when I saw the photo above:

  1. Dang we’re tired…look at those red eyes!
  2. Hubby would make a fine looking woman.
  3. Wow, those are gorgeous blue eyes. *calls down the hall: Honey! Whatcha doing later?*
  4. I need to clean that ceiling vent in the hallway.
  5. That crown is going to look SO adorable on Baby Girl tomorrow!

(I had more, but those were the first five.)

So, I go to Hubby and show him the photo.

And here, my friends, is the difference between men’s brains and women’s.

Me: What are your first thoughts when you look at this picture?
Him: Gay.
Me: That’s it? That’s all you’ve got?
Him: I look like I’m wearing eyeliner in that picture.
Me: Anything else come to mind when you look at it?
Him: Nope.
Me: Thanks, you just proved my point.

If you have any more questions about “manspeak,” click here to this earlier post. If you just want to cut to the chase and watch the video, see below.

Have you assembled any Halloween costumes this week? What were they? What’s your theory on the male and female brain…same or different? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!

~ Jenny

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21 Responses to Halloween Costume Assembly and Male vs Female Brains

  1. For the record (not that you really care…)

    I’ll share my first thoughts when I saw that picture:

    1. KA-SHNORT!
    2. ACK! Will it fit Little Bean’s Head? It’s been stretched!
    3. I totally get why those two whack-a-doodles are married.
    4. Wonder if Little Bean’s decision will change before Jenny gets her ’round the block
    5. I can’t see any of the remodeling. What’s up with that?

    I love that man-speak video. This is why women surround themselves with girlfriends for high-crises and high-octane humor moments.

    And, I wonder why Little Bean kicked Alice to the curb, but [shhhhhh], don’t ask her until after she has her bag of goodies.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      The remodeling is happening on the OUTSIDE, y’all. New back patio and the house is being painted. Plus some landscaping. So, you can’t see it (yet).

      She puts all her crowns on him. ALL. Yet they still fit. She’s either got a huge head (which I figured out from the C-section) or those toy makers are genius.

      And it’s absolutely no accident why we two whack-a-doodles are married. IYKWIM… 🙂


  2. amyskennedy says:

    Wait. Okay.

    I can’t believe you got her back around to a princess…Let the stubborn wars begin! I bow down to you and your princess perseverance.

    I am trying to cobble together a costume for myself that can go from community library to big library important meeting…I’m thinking a witch…a modern witch who keeps her broom at home, her wand in her purse, but her orange and black striped tights in full view? I just don’t know.

    I wish we were going to a party this year, I adore dressing up.


  3. Okay, Jenny, my first thought was “He let you take a picture of him like that?” Second was, “OMG, even a house in the midst of remodeling is way cleaner than mine. I have truly failed my aunt (who tried to bring up a Southern lady)!”

    None of the men in Testosterone Palace will have their picture taken. At work, I have to explain that my sons are 20 and 21, even though the latest picture I have of them together shows them at 1 and 2.

    I absolutely have a kid who always chose inexistent option C–he’s now 21, and he grew out of that, oh, about three years ago. Good luck! 🙂


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      What is UP with the ‘option C’ all the time?? I’m sure it’s a sign of intelligence or something, but it’s totally annoying. I am constantly having to whip out the sales skills on my kid.

      Hubs is really nice about letting me take embarrassing photos of him for the blog. I don’t know why, but the LAST thing I’m going to do is question it!

      And p.s. The remodel is happening outside…if it was inside, I’d be freaking.


  4. julipagemorgan says:

    My four-year-old grandson has a closet full of Superhero costumes. I mean he has ALL of them – Hulk, Flash, Spiderman, Captain America, and so on, and so on. He wears them to Day School, he wears them to church, he wears them everywhere. When my daughter asked him which one he wanted to wear for Halloween, he said, “I wanna be Ninja Luke Skywalker!” She just stood there, an Iron Man costume dangling from her hand, and stared at this child. Could he be like his nine-year-old sister who wanted to be Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books, requiring only an orange T-shirt with Camp Half Blood written on it with Sharpie, a plastic dagger and a Yankees ball cap? You know – stuff they already had on hand. Nooo. Option C all the way. Finally, my daughter turned him over to his father, who cut Luke out of the equation, and came up with a Ninja costume.

    Also? I have a photo of my husband wearing a tiara, placed there by our granddaughter when she was about two. If I were to put it on my blog, though, I think he’d probably turn the Ninja loose on me. 🙂


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Fabulous, Juli…just fabulous. I’m so glad I don’t have the only ‘Option C’ kid out there. I’m only worried about it because, if she’s like this as a toddler, what’s she going to be like when she’s a TEEN. *head desk*

      And really, the posting would bug him? I’m sure your ninja master is just as secure in his masculinity as mine is. Although tomorrow, a photo of both of us in drag goes up on Facebook. Note: He looks better as a woman than I do as a man. 🙂


  5. Sharla Rae says:

    The kids go so elaborate with costumes these days. I came from a family of 4. We made costumes from stuff around the house, mom’s old house dresses and heels, dad’s cast-offs etc. Then we painted our faces. The clothes worked whether we were hippies or stumbling monsters. I once dressed my son in a lg. garbage bag with tights and called him a raisin. He loved I Heard It From The Grapevine at the time. His older sis, wore a mini skirt and punked hair sprayed pink. 🙂 All low budget costumes but damn cute.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I’m with you, Sharla. We almost never bought costumes. You had to just figure it out from what you had, and that was half the fun. One year my brother went as the bottom of a shoe with stuff stuck all over him. It was AWESOME.


  6. filbio says:

    My costume for today consists of a purple and black feather boa, rock guitar sunglasses, and an 80’s rock band shirt. We are going to see Rock of Ages on Broadway tonight on Halloween!

    I bet you thought I was going to dress as a male stripper didn’t you? 😉


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Nice! I’ll bet you were the cutest dude in the audience, Phil. And what a fantastic way to spend Halloween! I can’t wait to hear about it. And I am POSITIVE that you could rock the male stripper gig too, but you’d like have more fun at a Broadway show. 🙂


  7. filbio says:

    Happy Haloween!


  8. Love the video. But, I have a nothing box and I’m a woman. I love my nothing box. I don’t get to go there very often, but when I do, it’s heavenly. Must be nice to be a man and have such an organized mind.

    Thanks for the Halloween fun.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      You’re so lucky to have a nothing box, Patricia! Truly, you are. The only way I can quiet my mind is through breathing and/or meditation, and even then I’m focusing on my breath, or my meditation image. I have never been able to really make my mind empty out. 😦


  9. K.B. Owen says:

    Jenny, this is so funny! My mind is always spinning in 20 different directions. In a household full of males, the poor things just can’t keep up as I go from topic to topic.

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but I was deep in Halloween prep myself yesterday. Hope your Little Bean had a blast! Oh, and your hubby does look like he has a touch of guyliner going on, but I had to go back and look after I read his quote, LOL. Great facial expression.

    And I hear ya on the ceiling vents! Usually, you just don’t see them, right?

    …see, this entire comment is a demonstration of my mind hopping madly from one thing to another… 😉


  10. Julie Glover says:

    With three guys in the house…and me, we’ve had all kinds of fun with me trying to explain how my brain can process 20 thoughts in 10 seconds and them trying to explain how they can sometimes be thinking absolutely nothing. (How is that possible?!!!)

    I want my next vacation to be not to a Caribbean island or a mountain cabin, but just a couple of days in a male brain. I think I’d be far more relaxed after that. LOL.


  11. Awesome that your patience got rewarded and Little Bean went with princess after all 🙂 My daughter has become a very picky dresser. If it’s not a pink shirt or a dress and leggings, she just plain won’t wear it.
    And the video was hilarious. I see the difference in brains every time I try to explain something to hubby and his eyes glaze a bit 😛 I need to tone down on the rambling explanations of what lead to the situation and just explain the issue itself. And it amazes me that he just can’t brainstorm and rattle off lists of likes and future desires and such off the top of his head. But that might be a Myers-Briggs (S)ensing vs. I(N)tuition thing. He’s likely ISTJ and I’m INFP. I think that strong Sensing and Judging tendencies can lead to the male type box thinking.


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