I LOVE Halloween. It's the one day of the year I can dress up like a pirate, soldier, cartoon character, et cetera and not get looked at (too) strangely. Zombies and mummies and vampires oh my!
*cough* I know I've instilled a love of the holiday in my son and every year we've had fun walking around trick or treating. I thought that this year, being the big teenager he is, that he wouldn't want to, but he asked me a few days ago if we could put together a Billy the puppet from Saw costume. I laughed and said sure. This was a total surprise because in years past he's been Jedi (several times), Finn from adventure time, a knight... always a hero or something positive. Definitely a step towards a more adult enjoyment of the holiday with this scary costume.
Some of you are probably wondering about Julia and what she dresses up as. Well, she refuses to leave on costumes and might humor us by trying them on then immediately removes them. Several years ago when she was much smaller we put her in a pretty dress and tried the princess theme, Jonah was Bob the Builder, and we went trick or treating. The first house we went to my son led her to the door, rang the bell, and said "trick or treat" for both of them. Much to everyone's surprise when the door was opened Julia darted inside, ran over to their couch, and sat down. We didn't know these people. They were a bit freaked out and grudgingly accepted my explanation and apologies. At the next house I went to the door with them and held Julia's hand. Jonah did his thing, the door opened, and Julia tried to run inside again. When I stopped her she had a huge fit. Fun! I did my best to calm her down and explain what was going on. She said OK and we tried the next house... with the same result. So, I carried her home as she had another fit and haven't taken her trick or treating since. Her Halloween routine now is to wear a festive shirt, sit on the couch watching a movie, and enjoy the kids coming to the door all dressed up. More often than not she just looks at them and goes back to the movie, but every now and then a Disney or cartoon character she recognizes will make her smile.
Many of you on social media have probably seen a few pictures floating around with this message:
Please keep in mind a lot of children will be visiting your home. Be accepting and open minded. The child grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. The child who does not say trick or treat or thank you may be non-verbal. The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl might have an allergy or is diabetic. The child who isn't wearing a costume at all might have a sensory issue or autism. Be nice. Be patient. Halloween is for everyone.
And if you have a non-verbal child that insists on going to the door alone consider printing this out and pinning it to their costume... or if they are willing to hold it they can show people themselves: