I’m not really a holiday person.
It’s not that I have anything against holidays; I understand why people love them, but they just aren’t my thing.
Halloween in particular; I might be able to get into the idea of Thanksgiving or the Christmas spirit for a little bit, but Halloween… not so much.
And so every year I thank God for Target and pre-made Halloween costumes. I usually avoid even thinking about Halloween costumes until the week before. This year it went something like this:
What do you want to be? We’ve got a puppy costume in the attic. Boom. You’re a puppy. Adorable. What do you want to be? Grim Reaper. Fine. Here’s a big black thing for half off 3 sizes too big. Wear that and a glow light so you don’t get hit by a car. What do you want to be? Oh, you’re a baby. Excellent, you’re going to be adorable no matter what. There’s a dinosaur costume in the attic next to the puppy one. Perfect.
So far, Halloween was going swimmingly. Except for one thing.
Hudson decided he wanted to be Peashooter from Plants vs. Zombies.
Hudson who won’t even wear a hat, a shirt with buttons, or a color other than blue really, wanted to be Peashooter for Halloween. And this time, Target failed me.
Hudson who actually WENT as the color blue last year because we couldn’t get him in a costume and he dresses in head to toe blue anyway. I had given up on the idea of Hudson ever dressing up for Halloween and this year he wanted to dress up in a costume, with a giant mask.
And that’s how I found myself at the store buying a pack of balloons, green spray paint, a green tee shirt, a small pile of felt, and craft foam on the day before Halloween.
Hudson sat and watched me construct every piece of that costume. He made sure nobody touched the paper mache as it was drying and checked on the pieces we left to dry in the backyard. He made sure we didn’t lose or misplace a single component of that costume, and he made absolutely 100% sure that the leaf on the back of his Peashooter head was exactly at the right angle.
My son, who won’t wear a hat, a helmet, or a hood for more than a minute, put on a giant paper mache Peashooter head. He loved it (he tried it on several times during the construction). After it was finished, he wore his costume in the yard (carefully reaching up to make sure his leaf was still attached to the back), wore it for pictures in the park and, of course, put it on for Halloween night.
After visiting 3 houses, he declared he was done trick or treating (not being a big fan of candy to begin with).
“Well, that was Halloween,” he said as he stripped off the costume inside. “Now it’s time for Thanksgiving.”