Both of the kids have decided to be pirates for Halloween this year. My daughter wanted them to do this last year but my son was in a "sisters are awful people" stage (well he still sort of is) and didn't want to. This year I bought him the $24.99 hat which makes anyone with long hair who puts it on instantly look like Jack Sparrow. I am writing about this because I actually bought these costumes a month ago. I have never bought a costume with more than two days to go until Halloween in my life. As a matter of fact, last year I was out with my daughter at 8:55 on October 30th looking for a black dress to go with her bird costume (which was a fall back anyway, because her mother didn't get it together enough to get the stuff for the costume she really wanted...which I can't remember what it was). It is weird to walk in to a costume shop where all of the costumes are still there, with no "sold out" stickers, and they aren't ripped...or stuffed back in the bag because the last person who tried them on really doesn't care because they aren't going to buy it. We also bought some decorations.
But, I seriously think I can't go through with either the walking around with James, or the handing out candy. I am thinking too many memories. Even my next door neighbor is apprehensive about it. He and Leonard used to take the boys out with a wagon. Why a wagon? For tired toddlers? No. For overloads of candy? No. For the cooler they used to keep refreshments for themselves cool? If you answered that, you answered correctly. My husband was not a fan of Halloween (or Holloween as he spelled it, and used to crack his daughter up), because of some of the ridiculous costumes his mother made him. His brother got to be superman...Leonard? A pumpkin. His brother got to be batman! Leonard? a Mushroom. "But I don't want to be a mushroom..." He stopped trick or treating the year she dressed him as a girl.
Slowly but surely, through the joy and excitement of our children, he was beginning to enjoy the day...the beer helped as well. This is the first of the "family holidays" and I really don't know if I can do it at all. But I know that I have to. I've tried running, it doesn't work very well.
My kids are going to look really cute though. My daughter didn't even pick what her father would have called a "pirate slut" look...even though there were lots of those to choose from. They both look like normal pirates....down to the bird.