A Not so Spooky Halloween

“Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with ‘scary,’ ‘spooky,’ ‘haunted,’ or ‘forbidden’ in the title.” – Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.

It is that time of the year again when ghosts and ghouls fill the streets in search of goodies. Yes, Halloween is just two days away. And my kids are bouncing off the walls in anticipation.

My kids are young enough that they aren’t into the scary costumes. This year is obviously all about superheroes as my son is Batman and my daughter is Wonder Woman.

Of course, every year we have events leading up to the ‘big’ day. And as with most kids, mine are excited for any chance to wear their costumes.

Our first use of the costumes was a birthday party two and a half weeks before Halloween. The invitation said to dress scary but since the ages of those attending were between four and seven years old, it turned out to be a whole bunch of superheroes. There were at least three other kids dressed up as Batman but Lexi was the only Wonder Woman.

The second costumed event for my daughter came just this past Saturday. One of her former classmates had a “Merry, Not Scary Halloween Party.” There were mostly girls in attendance so lots of princesses and fairies.

And of course, one of the most anticipated events is our neighborhood Fall Festival which I am crazy enough to be responsible for organizing this and last year. We kicked it off with a costume parade through the neighborhood. As we have done this over the years, it is interesting to see the costumes change from fairies and superheroes to zombie princesses and vampires as the kids get older.

My friend who has three boys under the age of six says she won’t ever let them dress as something scary. She doesn’t want them to scare the little kids. I don’t know how long that will last.

To me, it seems the natural progression of things that as kids age they like to scare others. I remember as a child that my brother dressed as a werewolf for several years. It was all done with makeup and looked very convincing. My mom dressed as a witch with a crocked nose complete with a wart to hand out candy from her cauldron. Yes, lots of kids were scared of her.

As much as I like the cute costumes I quite expect my kids to move toward more elaborate and yes, even scary costumes. That is after all part of the fun of Halloween.

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