For what it's worth my kids are big whimps and scare very easily so I tried to think of costumes that are age-appropriately scary. Last year DS was an alien and DD was the astronaut that brought the alien back home. This year I wanted DD to be little red riding hood and DS to be the big bad wolf but they vetoed that idea. (I'm still sulking about it *insert pouty face*). DS wanted to be a vampire and DD is a witch. No gory make up though and definitely no trashing of people's homes or belongings who say "trick", we will be leaving them a plastic spider on their door step or letter box.