Last Friday night, I worked a local trick-or-treating event, handing out candy. Ella and Carson came along and sat beside my booth and watched as droves of costumed children trick-or-treated along the trail.
They announced nearly every child as they approached, a kind, snark-free version of Fashion Police.
“Look! It’s Ironman!”
“I like your zombie costume!”
“Mommy! It’s Thomas! We have that costume.”
“What’s a crash test dummy?”
“Another Batman, like me, Mom!”
“Hey! That girl’s a butterfly!”
Later that night, we talked about all the costumes we saw and recalled our costumes from Halloween past. They were shocked to find out that even I used to dress up when I was a kid.
“You mean, they had Halloween all the way back then? Was that when George Washington was president?” Carson asked. Kids, man.
I told them about my angel costume and pioneer costume that my mom had sewed for me. They were really impressed that Nanny had made my costumes since I prefer the easy way out with shopping. I also told them about all the years that I dressed up as Madonna.
“What’s Madonna,” asked Ella.
I searched through old photos of them dressed up for Halloween and we spent a cold and rainy afternoon looking at all of their costumes.
Carson, only three days old on his first Halloween, didn’t really get in the holiday spirit. By his second Halloween, he was quite adorable dressed as a baby bumblebee.
Ella’s first Halloween: A Pumpkin. Carson dressed as a baseball player, but I can’t find any pictures! (Bad Mommy!)
Ella: A darling, but fierce lion. Carson: Thomas the Train.
This may have been my favorite year, when Carson and Ella dressed up as Mario and Luigi. It was also the last year that they let me choose their costumes.
Ella: Raphael, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a costume she randomly picked, but loved with every fiber of her being. She truly embodies the ninja spirit, don’t you think? Carson: Lightning McQueen
This year’s costumes took months of planning and thought to choose. Costume catalogs arrived in the mail sometime at the end of August and both children pored over the book, dog-earing pages. Costume selection has been serious business. Ella wanted to be a horse, then she wanted to be a My Little Pony specifically, but she also wanted to be Sonic the Hedgehog. Carson waffled between the Sonic costume and Batman. Oh the agony of final decisions! In the end, Ella went with Sonic and Carson went with Batman, but not without moments of regret.
They’re already planning next Halloween’s costumes.
“Maybe you could sew us something like Nanny did when you were a kid?”
Thanks so much to Hallmark for inviting me to be a part of their Life is a Special Occasion campaign this year. While I am compensated for my work, everything I write is original stories from my life.
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