I reluctantly admit this- I don’t like Halloween. I know in some circles you may actually lose your unschooling card if if you don’t dive headfirst and embrace everything that is Halloween- but I just can’t.
I know I am supposed to jump up and down with glee and help my 10 year old with her World of Warcraft Elf costume or like last year embrace it when my husband cut a few holes in my an old pillow case, rubbed some dirt on my unusually thin 3 year old’s face and put the pillow case over his head… Imagine the looks on my neighbor’s face when I tried to that he was, Dobby, his favourite Harry Potter character.
This year my 4 year old has announced his plans to go a Spider-man, but sticking to his dark side he will be wearing the BLACK Symbiot Spider-man costume which I thankfully found on an online Halloween Costume Store.
I am trying to convince my daughter to go easy on her poor mother this year and maybe be something less stressful and wear a Tinker Bell Costume.
. HA! This year she is threatening to go as an Aero chocolate bar, using tin foil, cardboard and lots of duct tape. Too reminiscent of my own history with a tin foil costume. When I was twelve I decided to wrap myself in tin foil and go as a baked potato. This idea looked good on paper but the foil, got all scrunched up and was dangling around my knees and started scratchy my neck and I had to go home early.
My battles with Halloween costumes may be the root of the aversion and to my child hood when my imagination surpassed my ability when it came to my own costume design.
There was also the year I decided I had to be a fried egg. I painted my face yellow and cut out some white Bristol board in what I thought was shape of egg white. The paint ran.. and turned a weird orange colour by night’s end. It rained and cardboard got all soggy.
Nowadays I have the adult stress of helping my kids with their costumes- AND supplying the neighborhood with treats and the latest trend in Halloween- turning your home into a Disney quality Haunted House theme park. When did this start? Used to be I could put out a pumpkin on the front porch and call it a day. Now I have to have sound effects, animatronic hands popping out and a full blown laser show going on in the yard.
I have told my family to hold onto their seats- that this year we may become THAT family- the one that shuts off the lights and pretends they’re not home!