Hallowe’en is just around the corner. As a kid, I was not a fan of Hallowe’en – probably because I never seemed to have a great costume. As an adult, I’m still not fan – at least when it comes to costumes. I just feel so silly in them!
Costumes for my children – I LOVED coming up with them. They just had to say the word and I could come up with something; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – X 4, Mario Brothers, all sorts of Harry Potter costumes. I excelled in making costumes – from scratch. If the boys could think it – I could and would craft it. A little scrap fabric, some glitter paint, and a glue gun. It’s all I needed!
My boys still have a bit of a zest for Hallowe’en. I’m glad I didn’t spoil it for them. And I still like to make costumes if an occasion lends itself to costume making … for other people (not me).
We share an Amazon account with our children so I know my boys (and girls) are prepping for Hallowe’en. I’ve seen all sorts of costuming accessories going through that account. (I’m not sure if my adult children realize that if they share an Amazon account with me, I get all of the emails. I guess that’s the price they pay (or don’t pay) for sharing Amazon Prime with me. )
The littles are getting to an age where they “get” Hallowe’en. Last year was okay – the oldest kind of got it. But this year. This is it! He get’s it and he’s excited.
A few weeks we were on FaceTime together and the oldest little and I got talking about Hallowe’en:
ME: “What are you going to be for Hallowe’en?”
Little #1: “A knight!”
ME: “A knight! That’s so cool!! Whats’ your brother going to be?”
Little #1: “A yiyon”
ME: “A dragon?? That’s awesome – a knight and a dragon. Your sister can be a princess!”
Littles’ Mom: “No – he’s going to be a lion. We have a lion costume.”
ME: “Oh. I see.” Thinking to myself … “A lion? That lion costume is cute but a dragon would be so much cuter. I shall find a dragon costume and send it.”
So the next day, off I go to buy the dragon costume that was not asked for or needed. A cute little dragon costume for Little #2. “It can be for dress-up”, I tell myself. I mean, maybe its tradition to wear the lion costume, that’s been passed down through all of the maternal cousins. I can’t mess with that. Yep, the dragon costume will be for dress-up. I won’t make a big deal – just send it with some Hallowe’en goodies in a Priority Post box.
We’re on FaceTime a few days later and Hallowe’en comes up again – probably because I can’t leave it alone:
ME (to Little #1): “I can’t wait to see your knight costume. Do you have a sword?”
Little #1: “No. I’m going to be a dragon.”
ME: “A dragon?” – making sure I heard clearly this time.
Little #1: “Yes. I want to be a dragon – RAWR! With wings like this” (frantically waving arms around the room).
Little’s Mom: “He says he’s being a dragon but we don’t have a dragon costume for him so he’s going to be a knight.”
Little #1: “No, a dragon. With wings.”
And so it went. With tears and a big fit.
Well now there’s a dilemma. The little’s brother (Little #2) is getting a dragon costume but Little #1 is the one that wants to be a dragon. So what’s a grandma to do?
Off to the store I go. What do you know? I find the best dragon costume ever! With wings. I can’t resist it.
And I just happen to find a little onesie with some glitter and a tutu for Little #3 – “the princess.”
Grandma has officially hijacked Hallowe’en.
I’m just so dang lucky that I have the best daughter-in-law in the world. She puts up with my hijinks like none other. But I’ll tell you what – there were lots and lots of smiles when they got their dragon costumes. That dragon costume will be worn out by the time Hallowe’en arrives. Except- it’s just for dress-up so I guess it doesn’t matter (tee hee!).
Tell me I’m not the only grandma to hijack Hallowe’en.