Jennifer Garner says Halloween gets harder as her kids get older, reject her ideas

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The photo above is of Jennifer Garner attending the Centennial Celebration of Save the Children on Wednesday. Jennifer, who has been heavily involved with the organization for the last 11 years, wore a cute strapless jumpsuit (sorry, no id yet) with strappy heels. I really like the look although I think the bow detracts from her diamond collar, which is unfortunate because that necklace is stunning. Since it is October, Denny Directo from ET couldn’t help but get a Halloween question in there. He asked Jennifer about what it was like at her house, specifically was it harder to influence her kids in their costume choices.

Jennifer Garner is looking forward to spending Halloween with her adorable kids, even though she says the holiday gets more difficult as her children grow up.

The actress walked the red carpet at Save The Children’s star-studded “Centennial Celebration” gala at the The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, and she opened up to ET’s Denny Directo about how her three kids aren’t as easy to convince when it comes to donning family costumes for the holiday.

“It definitely gets harder,” said Garner — who is the mother of two daughters, 13-year-old Violet and 10-year-old Seraphina, and 7-year-old son, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Ben Affleck.

“I mean, I remember one year when I talked both my girls into dressing up as pigs, and they were so cute!” Garner recalled. “And now they would be like, ‘No, mom, ohmygosh, no!’”

“So yeah, it’s harder. But they’re gonna be cute, whatever they are,” she added.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

Without knowing them personally, I am absolutely sure her 10 and 13-year-old daughters would emphatically object to being dressed as pigs this year. Honestly, between finding a theme that everyone in the family can agree on and refereeing disputes over who gets to be what, group dressing gets tough after a while. Jen should encourage their individuality to make it easier on herself. What’s really tough is the kids want to be current pop culture references and I have no idea what they are. However, even though parents may not get a say in their kids costumes, the kids are more likely to help put it together so it’s ultimately a win. Jen’s kids are adorable in general so like she said, they’ll be cute no matter what they choose. And I’m sure as long as they let her dress up too, she doesn’t really care what they choose to be.

Since we’re on the subject of Halloween anyway (look, you knew that’s where I was going this whole post), what is everyone’s plan this year? We no longer do themed costumes, but we do agree on the house’s theme. This year our theme will be The Dolls’ House, which was my son’s idea. I’ve mentioned I have a haunted doll before, well, she’s going to reside over a whole house of creepy dolls. I’ve been amassing various moppets from thrift shops and dollar stores. If the FBI saw my garage with all these dollies piled atop each other right now, I’d probably end up on a couple of watchlists. So if dolls creep you out, you might want to steer clear of my Instagram after this weekend, because *switches a creepy child’s voice* they’re dying to play with you.


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  1. Chef Grace says:

    My bedroom stays Halloween year round. Being a witch is good. 👻🎃😽
    Plus my 4 year old grandson loves it.

  2. Mgsota says:

    I love Halloween so much. My nine-year-old is going to be Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas. She’s been saying since last Halloween that she wanted to be Sandy from Grease but all of a sudden she wants to be Sally. And I know my 17-year-old will dress up because she loves Halloween just as much as I do, but I haven’t heard what she’s gonna do.
    I put up all my outside decorations a few hours before trick-or-treating starts and then I take them all down after trick-or-treating ends. Not because I don’t love the decorations but I don’t feel like they’re good enough to withstand the elements for days on end or vandalism, that kind of thing. So I don’t really have enough time to get myself ready because I’m too busy getting the outside ready. (Especially when Halloween is on a weeknight) My decorations are the scary kind…scary music and skeletons coming out of the ground and tombstones… I love it.

  3. Nicegirl says:

    My son is no longer a medium man, he’s now a big kid- 7th grader and will not likely want to dress up though I keep cajoling him with ideas! His dad looks a lot like Jason Momoa so this year we’re dressing as Mera and Aquaman to answer the door for the kids and I’m trying to get the youngster to dress with us-he’s got the longer hairstyle of Thor, so maybe . . .

  4. jbyrdku says:

    I don’t have children (no interest) but I always thought that would be a plus of being a parent. I love holidays. While I can still enjoy them as an adult, there’s just something more fun about being around kids during the holidays. They make it easier to relax and see the magic in it all.

  5. Sonja says:

    Constantly talking about her kids when she doesn’t have to then bitching about the intrusion in their lives. Fake, fake, fake.

  6. Milkweed says:

    Dolls creep me out so much!!! You are so brave. I did a Little Shop of Horrors theme in our front yard this year with an Audrey II blow-up and skeletons dressed like Audrey, Seymour, and the mean dentist. My girls and I had so much fun putting it all together. They are being a vampire queen and a green crayon. I’m being Bloody Mary (my name is Mary) with a spooky dress and fake blood. My husband will be something from our costume boxes as he fears paying for new costumes the most of all.

    • Erinn says:

      Dolls freak me out SO much too. And as a kid I had gotten a “Molly doll” from a Canadian show “The Big Comfy Couch”. And even though I loved the show, I opened that gift and was immediately put off by the doll ahha. And the doll didn’t freak me out ON the show. But it freaked me out having it in my possession. I was probably around 7 years old, and I didn’t ever end up taking it out of the box, and actually hid it in my closet facing the wall and under multiple layers of items haha.

      I always love seeing the people who really deck out their yards. The only trick or treaters we get are our niece and nephew, so I kind of just don’t really bother. Maybe if we had little kids in the neighborhood, but we live a ways out of town, and are surrounded by mainly people who are retired.

  7. TIFFANY says:

    Since I have no children, I am gonna prepare eggs in case they don’t like the treats I get 😛

  8. Lightpurple says:

    Sadly, we get few trick or treaters (isolated street, not a lot of kids, immigrant families who are unfamiliar with Halloween) so I’m considering going to see the B52s this year.

    I do decorate but I like cute Halloween stuff, not creepy or scary. I hang little flying ghosts around the yard. Black cats and pumpkins on the back porch, which is visible from the street. The small, closed in front porch is a perfect bat cave. Indoors, towels, dishes, tablecloths, throw pillows, even soaps, are Halloween themed.

  9. T.Fanty says:

    We’re kind of the reverse in my house. My kids propose INSANE family costumes, and I have to say no. I’m waiting for my little ginger child to suggest Annie, so that I can show up, gin-drunk, in my underwear to the school’s ragamuffin parade. That will be a YES.

  10. Carolnr says:

    Our first house was near a firehall & so we got all the kids from the huge Halloween party there. We got 300+ truck or treaters! We would have a huge party at our house because everyone wanted to see them ! We have since moved & while it is was a huge upgrade, we live on a road & now we are lucky to get even 20!

  11. Amelie says:

    I feel like Violet, Jen’s oldest, will probably age out of Halloween soon anyways? I think the last year I went trick or treating was 9th grade and after that I stopped as I felt too old. I love Halloween though as a holiday because the decorations are fun. :)

  12. lucy2 says:

    I get soooo many trick or treaters, I have to start buying candy soon! But it’s fun to see all the kids, a lot of them have really creative and fun costumes, and they’re all surprisingly polite, even the older kids.

    Jen seems like she has a lot of fun with Halloween.