If it’s October then that means two things:
#1. Hockey is back! woooo! We want to see red Zach Parise and Ryan Suter jerseys flying like flags over Minnesota! Can’t wait to watch the only member of the LA Kings who the rest of us don’t hate (Mike Richards) back in action! And whatever happened to fan favorite Tim Thomas? It doesn’t matter! It’s October! We haven’t had hockey since June! woooo!
#2. My kids begin the debate over what their costumes will be for Halloween.
As for #1 I hate to be the one to break it to you, but just because it’s October doesn’t mean there will be hockey. Not right now. Maybe not at all. But if you’re just now reading this bit of trivia on a parenting blog then maybe you’re okay with it. There’s something going on and they call it a lock out. I call it “a great way to cheese me off in such a visceral way there may be no coming back.” And “I have an impossible-to-buy ticket to the Winter Classic, but I can’t use it if there’s not an NHL season.”
As for #2, ohhh the fun. Listening to my kids brainstorm outlandish and frequently impossible costume ideas make me both giggle and fret. Oh, the imagination–”I’m gonna be a rock star with a real drum set for Halloween!” “I’m gonna be a desert tortoise!” “I’m gonna need a real light saber, the red one that Darth Vader has, so that I can cut everyone in half on Halloween.”
“Smile and nod” reactive technique….activate!
I’m all for letting the kids dress up and go trick-or-treating. The more creative, the better. I’m all, “this is the one day of the year that I have to let you spraypaint your hair pink if that’s what your costume needs. What’s that? You want to dress up like an angel? Well here’s a big pillowcase and a pipe cleaner halo.” It seems like that’s frequently how it goes. I’m willing to blow the world’s mind with my costuming fortitude, and the kid wants the low hanging fruit of Halloween costumes. I’m sure many can relate.
At my house we have an extra factor to consider when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. The twins drive electric wheelchairs–which are absolutely an extension of themselves–and so we always try to include their hardware when we create a costume. Last year, Kyle was Han Solo and his wheelchair was the Millennium Falcon. Lauren was a bumble bee and her chair was the hive. I’ve posted about it before. It’s fun.
So much fun, in fact, that buzzfeed.com included Lauren in their top 20 creative wheelchair costume ideas article. Sweet. Check it out here–Lauren is #7. Her costume was the product of hours of work by my husband and a good friend. Here are my other posts about wheelchair costumes. It’s all good stuff.
So if YOU thought you had a lot of planning to do for your kids’ Halloween costumes, at least you don’t have to also build the set for them! (actually, while a lot of work, it’s actually pretty fun.)