I just love this time of year! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and all the little ghouls and goblins come out to play. Children love to dress up and play make believe and Halloween is the perfect time to let their creativity and uniqueness thrive. Whether they want to be the latest and greatest Disney character or a throw back creation all their (or your) own it’s a time they can be their own hero. It’s also a great time to teach them to be the best they can be by pointing out the great features of the characters they choose. Spiderman wore a costume because he wanted to help people but was very shy. Cinderella became a princess by following her dreams. And so on.
My boys, 5,3 and 20 months will be Sully, Mike Wazowski, and an elephant respectively. While they still had little say at these ages I did listen to who they wanted to be and why. My 3 year old wanted to be Mike Wazowki, the one-eye “scarer” from Monsters Inc and Monsters University because he said that some kids will wear scary costumes and he wants to not be afraid and to make them laugh. Then my 5 year chimed in with the idea that he could be Sully “just to help his little brother.” This has helped with the fighting between them ever since 😉. Joey, at 20 months, is going to be an elephant because it’s a cute, warm costume that was given to us and, therefore, free.
With candy being a very special treat in our house my kids are excited to have a little extra for a night. I am glad that they will have to repeatedly address adults and say thank-you for every piece they get. This fun night full of costumes and make believe actually teaches children many important life lesson. First that they can be whoever and whatever they want to be and second that nothing in life is free!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween. Get your scare (or silly) on!!