I love this month.
I feel like it’s the official beginning of autumn.
I love the pumpkins, the candy, the leaves, the cool air, the candles,
and above all the watching of old “scary” movies with my husband and of course, Halloween itself.
I love Halloween.
But…for us, around here Halloween is the season of explanations.
(And this year is going to be no different.)
It all started 5 years ago.
It was the first Halloween that Simon was old enough to choose what he wanted to be for Halloween.
And he wanted to be spaghetti and meat balls.
So that’s what he was.
However as he trick or treated not everyone understood his 3 year old vision…
and thus began the explanations…
which have continued throughout the years…
…as my kids have chosen to be things like:
a homemade robot (that Simon “built” himself out of a giant box spray painted silver and covered in things like dryer vent tubing, kitchen utensils, and push on lights from the dollar store)
and then there’s my personal favorite…
….the shrieking eel!!!
As you can see the eel has an explanation pinned to the front of her costume.
Over the years we got tired of explaining at each house what our kids costumes were.
So now we’ve taken to just pinning the explanation onto their costumes.
Sure…it would be easier to just make them be something normal or at least recognizable but there is this part of me (actually it’s kind of a big part of me) that savors my kids choosing wacky costumes.
I enjoy their creativity and their confidence and so we’ll continue with the explanations…at least for one more year.
Simon has announced that this year he will be the “Department of Duh!”.
(Don’t worry if you don’t know what that is…we didn’t either…he made it up…He said it’s like when you say Duh! and he’s going to be the department of it.)
Yeeaaaaa….that’s going to take some explaining.
And as for Grace, after she tried out Simon’s old Spaghetti and Meatballs costume the other day she’s thinking about the prospect of being a hot dog.
But who knows what she’ll end up choosing!
(With this girl—you never can tell.)
In related news…
Today we are over here: