After 10 years of Halloweens with Nolan, we've finally figured out how the "script" will play out. But man, we've taken our lumps along the way. Nothing spoke epic fail to me as a parent, as did halloweens of our past...
Ironically, his first Halloween was probably the smoothest. As young parents, we just didn't know it yet. He was a pumpkin his first Halloween. But due to the time change? When it finally got dark outside at 6 o'clock, he fell ASLEEP and promptly missed the whole thing. We were so disappointed. He sure made a cute chub-cheeked pumpkin, too bad nobody got to see him.
And so the saga continued. The next year Nolan decided on a Buzz Light Year costume and Missy came to the rescue again providing a tricked out Buzz costume. We practiced every day for a week trying it on and getting used to wearing the costume. But come Halloween night our little buzz never saw the light of day let alone the outside of our house. How could we keep getting this so wrong?
And as for mom and dad? Well we have grown some very thick skin and a sense of humor. Last year, Nolan was in rare form. He was ready in his costume by 5:05 pm and although it was light outside, he couldn't understand why we declined to take him just yet. We told him to watch for the outside house lights to come on and he just couldn't take it any more. He went in the house and took off his costume and proclaimed Halloween OVER. But much to his dismay, mom and dad have now been around the block a time or two and only stood outside laughing. Within maybe 5 minutes he was dressed again, composed, and ready to go.
And Colton, completely oblivious to the shenanigans of his brother, was gleefully happy in his green power ranger costume and without any prompting leapt for joy when the camera was pointed his way. They have such different ways of being in this world.
Who knows what this year will bring? Rumor has it that 10 year-olds don't always go trick or treating anymore. And suddenly, that idea feels okay with me. Instead of the script we tried for years to get him to follow, he is writing his own.
What does your Halloween script look like?