A quick guide to the proper Halloween attire for your children when living in northern Italy.
3.) Do not tell your 5-year-old that she is the prettiest cowgirl in the entire school – as she is the only cowgirl in the entire school.
4.) Do not take this small mishap lightly – after all you have just left your 5-year-old cowgirl in the playground surrounded by 458 little witches and monsters.
5.) Do not tell your Italian husband about second part of point number 4.
6.) Do not call your Italian mother in law to make you feel better.
7.) Do not swear to yourself that you will never make this mistake again because you will probably forget again next year.
8.) Do not spend your entire day thinking what you could have done differently, because, as your mother in law will confirm, the damage is done.
9.) Do not pick up said child wearing a Santa hat and singing jingle bells in a really loud voice. (see last part number 8.)
10.) Last but not least do not burst out crying when your 5-year-old tells you her day was great. Brave little thing.