I first posted this last year, but since no one read my blog but family back then I figure this is new to almost everyone (you'll cut me some slack while I'm on vacation, right?) and the picture is so darn cute. Go ahead, click on it--get the full effect of the googly eyes, the six fully-suspended legs, the authentic antennae. Oh how he hates it.
I've never been into Halloween, but my kids are a different story. They start planning their costumes around Memorial Day and if they haven't settled on something by the 4th of July they really start to feel the crunch.
Last year as the Halloween season descended upon me I discovered to my horror the fatal error I made the year before. Grace had been in her American Girl phase (the series of books that go with the dolls that go with the clothes that go with the cars and vacation packages and summer homes) so I'd made her a Felicity dress, a colonial dress complete with lace trimmed sleeves and bodice. That set the standard by which all other costumes were to be measured, I had been to the summit and had nowhere left to go. Grace now wanted something better, a medieval princess, and would accept nothing less. I couldn’t believe my foolishness, a mistake of a novice. Andrew was no help, he just wanted to know why she wanted to be an "evil princesss."
As soon as Spencer heard Grace wanted to be a princess he chose to be Spiderman. This had been a source of competition between them as Grace was constantly trying to lure him into playing princess of which he wanted no part. I came downstairs one day to hear her sweetly asking him while they were coloring "What is Spiderman looking for in a wife?"
One year Spencer chose Luke Skywalker as his costume inspiration. He had received a light saber for his birthday which he wore at all times (lucky those things are water proof). If the subject of Jedi weaponry came up he was ready in an instant to discourse on the history and theory behind each light saber ever seen on film. His was blue, so he would recite every screen appearance of blue light sabers, illlustrating the versatility of his own.
“Mine’s blue, that means it can be Obi Wan’s light saber, or Luke Skywalker’s light saber, but only his light saber in Star Wars #4, not #5, because he uses a red one then . . .” Don’t quote me as a solid source on this, as I’m making this up, but Spencer knows. He knows.
Last year David was Spiderman and had a little Spiderman outfit he wore 24/7: the library, Fred Meyer, Walmart, everywhere but church (I put my foot down on that one). I didn't see a problem with this, no moral issue was involved--maybe if he'd wanted to be the Green Goblin or something on the other side of the law, I might have objected. I just assumed it was a good security measure, who would snatch a kid in a Spiderman outfit? They’d just be asking for trouble. So I told him to "wear it in good health my son," and figured it would give me something to hold over his head when he was older.
But this spring David played the lead role in his kindergarten play "Bugz." The smash hit (ha) about a stink bug that no one wanted at their picnic which drew rave reviews--Andrew asked David at the cast party what his motivation had been but David was just confused. Anyway, they don't call the cost-umes for nothing, I paid enough for those googly eyes, six legs, antennae and leathery wings that I assured him that come October he'd be trick or treating as a stink bug.
He looked so darn adorable in the whole thing but by June he was so thoroughly sick of the outfit that I had to pay him a dime to put it on for family or friends. By October it was up to a quarter and he was quite put out when his buddy Marc got to be Zorro while he had to endure the ladies cooing over how cute he looked.
But like it or not I suited them up and let them loose on the neighborhood (which in Alaska means full winter gear with costumes over the top, making David look especially cute with his puffy arms and legs) to go trick or treating door to door. They returned from the hunt raving about the spoils and so hopped up on candy that I had to peel them off the ceiling. After the obligatory Counting of the Candy I finally got them brushed and into bed and Grace's last words before drifting off were, "Mom, you know what I'm going to dress as next year?"
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