There are so few opportunities to create indelible, positive memories in a young child’s mind. Halloween is one, if you choose to show your silly side….
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my parents dressing-up and acting completely out of character. My father’s birthday is around Halloween so it was always an excuse for a big costume party. One particularly memorable one was where my dad dressed as a 4-foot wide Pumpkin – custom made complete with internal wire frame and harness set-up. Another year, a guest turned up with a full-faced old-man mask with flowing long white hair and robe. He acted the part the whole night, never revealing his true identity. As a kid, that was pretty cool and they’re memories that have stayed with me all these years.
Fast forward to now. My two kids, aged five and three, are really getting into the spirit of Halloween. They helped carve the jack-o-lanterns and cover the front porch in spider webs. My son has been working for weeks on how the real Spiderman would say “trick or treat” and my daughter has been prepping her Princess Sophia costume.
I’ve always been a little more reserved than my parents, dressing up with that right mix of “normal” so as not to stand out too much from the crowd (think regular clothes with a pirate eye patch). In the last couple of years though, I’ve thrown my conservative nature to the wind and embraced my silly side. Last year I dressed up as an “udderly ridiculous” cow. There’s an equally ridiculous Squirrel Costume I’m thinking of for this year.
No doubt I’ll stand out at the block party (again) and there’ll be a few sniggers amongst the neighbors. But my kids are still young enough not to get too embarrassed and hopefully, when they get older and have their own kids, they’ll remember that even their typically conservative dad occasionally let his guard down.
So, embrace your silly side this Halloween, dress-up and go create some memories that your kids will cherish for the rest of their lives!