Sure, I have had many memorable Halloweens before having our son Jake, mainly of the eggs and shaving cream kind. Things are quite different now. Last year, I remember putting on Jake’s scary spider costume and hoping he would last at least 30 minutes as I toted him around our building for trick-or-treating. It was not successful! We made it for about 20 minutes to about 10 or 12 doors before he crashed in my arms.
This year was more memorable for me and probably for Jake. This year, he was wide awake and on a sugar high from a cupcake we decided to feed him. Jake was in and out of his monkey costume on the warm, balmy and festive day. Actually, the monkey outfit was the toughest decision I had to make on Halloween. It was a toss-up between the monkey & a lion costume. I preferred the way Jake looked in his lion outfit. However, the hair on the mane of the costume kept irritating his face and it was a losing battle. What really prompted the decision was this – If you want your young toddler to wear a costume for an extended period of time, do you go with the cooler & uncomfortable costume that will make the parents have a challenging time…or do you go with the more comfortable and practical costume? Monkey won hands down.
Our son had the opportunity to interact and socialize with many of his friends. We took a stroll on the street so he could check out other kids in their costumes. Then, we capped off the enjoyable day with some trick-or-treating in our building. Jake was a trooper as we traipsed around, knocking on doors, and selecting candy that mom & dad prefer. Fortunately, even though it was daylight savings, our son was so knocked out from all of the stimulation throughout the day, he slept a bit later the next morning!
Overall, it was a memorable Halloween. Looking forward to next year…