I don’t mind Halloween. It’s not my favorite by any means, but still. I wanted to make sure Mitchell’s first real Halloween was done right. This was the first one where he kinda understood what was going on and was really excited to dress up. He wanted to dress up as Daniel Tiger (PBS show based on a character from Mister Rogers), and he wanted Rose to dress up as Daniel Tiger’s little sister, Baby Margaret. To make sure we got the idea, he started calling her Baby Margaret. He…hasn’t stopped yet. Between her myriad of nicknames and now Mitchell calling her something completely different, this poor girl will never know her name.
Anyway. From what I can tell, they don’t make Daniel Tiger or Baby Margaret costumes, so I ordered a couple Tigger costumes and added the red sweater for Mitchell and a dress for Rosie. I also spent hours and hours turning the wagon into a cardboard trolley. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t fit in my car and probably wouldn’t last more than one use anyway, so it only got used on Saturday.
Anyway. Wednesday, we went to an event at the local university. All the student organizations set up tables in the arena and thousands of terrible parents walked their children from table to table, screaming at them, cutting in front of whomever they pleased, and grabbing handfuls of candy from booths that had very large signs asking them to only take one. So, not a great time, but Mitchell enjoyed himself.
Thursday we went to a place called Scene 75. It’s a huge indoor play center. Mostly it’s an arcade, with some miniature golf, laser tag, go carts, and, most importantly, a bounce room. After we went around trick or treating, Mitchell got to play in there. He loved it. We’ll definitely be heading back there.
Friday morning the kids and I went to the mall. It was packed and there was no way in heck Mitchell was allowed to go into the play area, but he still had fun. I was exhausted afterward, but he decided he wasn’t and didn’t take a nap.
Finally, Saturday was Halloween! We started with a parade in our neighborhood, which they didn’t win because everyone thought they were Tiggers and the trolley was either a circus car, a cage, or the animal crackers box. A few kids got it, but the parents would correct them. Oh well. Lesson learned: next year we’ll go mainstream!
After all that during the week and then lots of trick or treating, it’s no surprise that Rosie passed out while trick or treating and, even though he swore he wasn’t tired yet and wanted to stay up eating his candy, Mitchell didn’t take long to join her.
And, just because she’s adorable, here’s another of Rose in her Halloween outfit, courtesy of Aunt Brooke.
My mission foot next year: concoct a convincing Halloween legend about a ghost that visits ever Halloween night and takes half their candy.