Fall is my favorite time of year. The crisp cool air, the changing colors of the leaves, the downhill slide toward Christmas, and three of my favorite holidays all in a row.
It starts with Halloween. We know people in church who refuse to leave the house that day, but, in our house, Halloween has always been a big thing. I was raised in the theatre. I'm a performer. I like pretending and putting on a show. Sometimes too much! My beautiful wife was born on November 1. So, Halloween was always a fun holiday for her as well. Her Birthdays were always a combination birthday and Halloween celebration.
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When we started dating, I was in radio, so naturally I was always broadcasting somewhere at a haunted house or event on All Hallow's Eve. She was in the service industry working in restaurants, bars and clubs. (I even saw her throw a guy out of a building one time. Super hot, but she'll down play it if you ever ask her about it.) All that to say, she liked to do the costume thing, and I thought it was fun too. 50 Couples Halloween Costumes
As we started dating, we always dressed up as a couple. I don't remember all the costumes, but I do remember being a dwarf one year, and she was Snow White. I don't have a clue as to how I was talked into that one. When our son came along, we quickly decided to get him in on the family action.
He was born in September, so his first Halloween extravaganza was when he was just barely more than a month. I have to say he made a great Robin to my Batman. We both were elated when my wife found the extremely cute 'Robin' baby costume on eBay. Since then, we have been Jessie, Woody and Buzz, and Mickey, Minnie and Goofy (another one that I can't believe I agreed to). We ended up as Batman, Robin and Batgirl again last year, because once again, my wife found a super cool Robin costume as she was thriftily shopping at our local Goodwill. Money Saving Tips
But this year it finally happened. Our son decided he wanted to make the decision about his costume. He wants to be a dinosaur. I thought that might be cool, cause then dad and mom could be caveman and cavewoman (Yeah Buddy!). But that was quickly nixed by our neighbor who reminded us that the cave people weren't around during the time of the dinosaurs. Which I don't believe completely, because of Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Which we also floated by our son, but he was like "Who are Fred and Wilma Flintstone?" That was a sad conversation.
Here we are in the final days before the Halloween, and we are undecided. He is leaning toward being a black jaguar. Only the mind of a five year old could come up with a costume of a random rare animal that he saw on Diego, and then expect us to find a costume like that. I'm leaning toward the characters from Cars. Lighting, Chick and Sally. But he really wants to be a rare black jaguar. We'll see what happens. I'm sure it will be a blast, and the costumes will be great fun. How Halloween Helped Our Relationship
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This is one of the special things we share as a family that is all ours.
What are your holiday traditions? Do you have family costumes?