Tricks and Treats
By Renee Bodkin
I need to be honest with you — Halloween is not my favorite holiday. Not for any specific reason. It just isn’t my thing. As the boys get older Halloween is seemingly becoming less and less exciting for me so in a quest for gratitude – I wanted to find some part of all this to be grateful for.
I sent Sebastian off to his first teenage Halloween party (at a girl’s house none the less). He made me smile because his choice of costume was so very “Sebastian”. He was Clark Kent. It gave him an opportunity to dress up (which he really loves to do) and of course embrace the kid within with his Superman shirt peeking out from under his button down.
The other two boys had a plan – of sorts – Lucian was going to be Luke Skywalker (from Return of the Jedi) and Benjamin was going to be Ben Kenobi. Get it — Luc was Luke and Ben was Ben! Well… we pulled off half of that plan. Lucian was easy as Luke Skywalker. Unfortunately there were too many random pieces to pull together Ben Kenobi so I talked Benjamin into being a zombie. All fine and good but then he changed his mind this afternoon. Less than an hour before going trick or treating, he wasn’t interested in the face makeup and zombie thing (he was a zombie last year). Dad to the rescue. We have an “old fashion” Boy Scout uniform shirt! Why not be a Boy Scout from the “old days”. He agreed and he found the hat to round out the look!
I was glad they were happy although as we ventured out into the neighborhood a light mist of rain graced our evening. It didn’t stop those 2 though… they ran from house to house enjoying what Halloween is about! Gathering of candy and visiting of neighbors (and I must say I think they were grateful to see my boys since so many trick or treaters were clearly not from our neighborhood). Good to see old neighbors — house decorated and mom in a cute Halloween apron with a witch hat on! Good to see familiar faces and other parents trudging along in the chilly, misty almost rain as the kids enjoyed their evening. Then we ended our evening with a pizza dinner with Cioci and Grandma T. Time with family is always a good thing.
Therefore… I am grateful for “tricks and treats” day! My boys had fun so I am happy!