I’m not sure when, exactly, Halloween ended up becoming a decorating extravaganza to rival Christmas. Â All Â I know is that we are, yet again, one of the Least Festive Houses on the block: no raffia scarecrows on wooden stakes in the flowerbeds, no ghosts rigged up over the door, no foam gravestones on the front yard, no cotton webbing spread over the shrubbery. Â (We’ve got a few things inside the house — witness the boys’ handiwork above — but that’s it.)
And I’m okay with that, because no mom can do it all. Â The boys are plenty excited about Halloween, even without large inflatable zombies in our yard. Â Truth be told, I’m looking forward to it, too. Â The costumes are all ready to go; Â Matthew wanted to be a policeman, so last weekend I bought a uniform coat and hat for him. Â (“Bought,” not “made.” Â I know my own limitations.) Â The costume came with all sorts of accoutrements, like a walkie-talkie and handcuffs that don’t really click and a whistle and a single laminated ticket to issue to one very unlucky offender. Â He’s over the moon with delight.
Lukey is going to be a shark, because it’s important that we help young children develop a sense of respect for the wonders of the ocean so they will be good stewards of the environment someday. Â Â That, and we already had the costume. Â Luckily, Luke is not one to protest about wearing his big brother’s hand-me-downs. Â He tried the shark suit on the other night and was very happy, a little Jaws sitting on the floor playing with blocks.
It makes me think of Halloweens past: all the times I was a pioneer girl or Mickey Mouse or a little American Indian maiden. Â There was also the year that I was four, and had just seen a Â community theatre production of â€œBrigadoon,” and wanted to dress up as Fiona. Â â€œBut no one will know who you are,” my mom said, quite reasonably. Â I can’t remember exactly what I was instead; perhaps a princess with a large conical hat and veil, which I was more than once, and very happily, too. Â Good memories, those.
Did you have a favorite Halloween costume when you were a kid? Â Do you have a cherished Halloween memory? Â And what’s the coolest decoration that YOU have on your lawn? Â (Really, you can tell me. Â It won’t make me feel bad, I promise.)