Friday, October 28, 2011

Playing Dress Up

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

It’s true that I’m not a big fan of Halloween. I don’t decorate, but I don’t turn off the lights and hunker down for the night, either. For two reasons.

One, the candy. It’s the one time of year I can buy, guilt-free, loads of candy. And start picking at it two weeks ahead of time (the Almond Joys are already gone from the Hershey’s variety pack).
Circa 1999

Two, the costumes. I love seeing little kids, especially toddlers and babies, dressed up. I love seeing the excitement on their faces, and their pride at their outfits. It’s just so darn cute.

Some of my favorite pictures of my kids when they were little were when they dressed up for Halloween. Hands down, my favorite costume of my daughter’s was her Dorothy outfit. Wasn't she so cute? And we borrowed her grandparents’ black Yorkiepoo for Toto. So much fun.

And my boys? I think they’ve been through every superhero costume there is, from Superman to Batman and Spiderman. Then there were the Star Wars years, and all the TV characters, Muppets, etc. I think we still have most of the costumes up in the attic somewhere.
 
Circa 1998
This year, though, there are no costumes for them. So I really hope there are some cute babies in the neighborhood who knock on my door. I just hope they’re not expecting any Almond Joys.

Do you have a favorite costume of yours? Or your kids?