The last bit about hats is a big one. Kyle has one hat he likes to wear - a Brooklyn baseball cap - and he even throws that one to the ground often. Many of the costumes we liked required him to wear an identifiable hat. Initially we wanted Kyle to be a zookeeper, since his brother Adam was going as a lion (a hand-me-down gift from our good friends Matt & Amanda, whose son Evan was a lion last year). But every zookeeper costume we saw looked like a nondescript beige uniform without the hat. Then we came across the UPS costume. It was simple. Everyone would know who he was from the badge on his brown shirt. The hat was nice, but not required. Plus, Kyle nearly wets his diaper with excitement every time our UPS guy rings the buzzer, and he always demands I take him downstairs to get the package. We just couldn't resist giving him the costume.
"I want to be BATMAN," said the little guy several days ago. Tough luck, kid. That ain't gonna happen, especially with Halloween less than a week away. It would have been nice if Kyle told us that in September, or even two weeks ago. At first, I thought we'd have a crisis on our hands, but fortunately Kyle forgot about his suggestion a day or so later. Next year we won't be as lucky, I'm sure.
So, on Halloween, Kyle wore the UPS costume with little resistance, and Adam was a fiercely drooling lion. Kyle first went to a party at his nursery school, where he says many girls dressed up as butterflies. Butterflies? That seemed like an odd costume. We asked him if he was sure, and he said, yes, they were butterflies. It took us a while, but then we realized his likely mistake. The wings must have thrown him off. The girls probably were dressed like other winged characters, such as fairies, angels or Winged Nazgul. Not butterflies. That would have been silly. We didn't bother to correct Kyle, since it's often futile to correct a three-year-old on matters such as these. The girls were butterflies.
This was the best Halloween we've had in a long time, perhaps the best one since we've gone trick-or-treating ourselves (and we've had a lot of good ones since Kyle was born). I just love seeing it though Kyle's eyes. I can't wait 'til Adam can trick-or-treat with him. That will be a blast, and it will also bring in twice as much candy. As it is, I've been on a sugar high since mid-October, but I'm guessing it'll wind down by Veteran's Day. Someday I hope to keep it up 'til Thanksgiving. Oh yes, I love Halloween.