With Halloween in a couple of days, I’ve been thinking about my four-year old’s first Halloween. It seems like it was only last month that it happened. We dressed him as a little monkey complete with a snack hanging out of his back pocket because, you know, monkey fannies have pockets on them.
After dining out with some friends, we walked around to a few houses until he fell asleep in the stroller then we headed home before dark. As all parents know, a lot of “firsts” are more for the parents than the kiddos because obviously our nine-month old was not going to walk up to the door, hold his treat bag open, and say “trick-or-treat”.
In what seemed like a blink of an eye, we were preparing for our youngest child’s first Halloween last year. He’s our little monkey too, but we wanted him to have his very own costume so he wouldn’t grow up and say, “Gee, thanks for just always dressing me in Brooks’s old stuff.” Can you tell I’m the younger sibling?
We opted for a tiger costume, and we didn’t even pretend like he was trick-or-treating. We just let him chill out in the stroller and suck on an occasional Dum Dum while Brooks and his friends ran around loading their bags up with candy. The little tiger seemed perfectly content.
So, now here I am. It feels like I’ve blinked twice and my baby boys are biggish and clearly saying “trick-or-treat”. One positive is that Case is still too young to decide on his own costume, so we’re dressing him as a golfer because, well, a miniature golfer in knickers and a cap is just too cute. Older brother will be a pirate with a sword, an eye-patch, and the occasional “Arrr!”
These are the things I hope I will remember forever. The fun of Halloween, the excitement of dressing them up in silly costumes, and the candy thrill for two boys whose mom rarely lets them eat Lucky Charms, much less Skittles.
Thursday is going to be a long day with a Halloween carnival at school, little to no napping, way too much sugar, and a late night, but in the end, the adventurous moments are the ones I remember most about my own childhood, and I’m sure my boys will be the same. Halloween, here we come!
A blogger friend who blogs at Really, Are You Serious? writes a post each Monday titled Mommy and Me where bloggers focus on the special moments between us moms and our little ones. Stay tuned for more editions!