I have been talking up Halloween to Ryan for weeks. At first, he thought the idea was sort of neat. “I could be a giraffe,” he said. “Or a frog!”
Until one day when he adamantly decided he didn’t want to dress up at all. No amount of thoughtful discussion could convince him otherwise. We perused the Halloween costume edition of the Pottery Barn Kids magazine. We watched the Charlie Brown Halloween special. I showed him pictures of himself dressed up for past Halloweens.
The response was simple every time: “I DON’T WANNA DRESS UP.”
I became desperate. I ditched the (very brief) notion I’d had about making his costume myself and took him to one of those giant Halloween stores that pop up in October and walked the aisles, telling him he could pick out whatever he wanted.
Monkey? No. Spiderman? No. One-eyed Mike from Monsters, Inc.? I DON’T WANNA DRESS UP.
In the middle of the very last aisle, he gasped.
“A dragon!!” he yelled.
I looked over and saw it: a A red dragon with a tail and horns and a pitchfork… Oh, that’s actually a … Nevermind, yes. It’s a dragon. Wow, a red dragon! You could be a red dragon!
We paid our $26.99 and left happy.*
From then on, every time someone asked him what he was going to be for Halloween, he grinned and said, “A dragon!” He couldn’t wait.
Last night, I took the costume out of the bag, laid it across my bed and thought to myself, Hmmm, it really looks like a devil, not a dragon. But he thinks it’s a dragon, so whatever. He’ll have so much fun wearing this at his Halloween party at preschool tomorrow …
… the preschool that is housed in the basement of our neighborhood evangelical Lutheran church.
I’m … sending my three-year-old dressed like a devil to a party at a church.**
During a week in which his behavior at school has been, uh, less than angelic.
Luckily, he hated the hood part of the costume. (Praise Jesus!) So, five minutes before we had to leave for the party, I grabbed a pair of scissors and turned it into this:
Not only am I pretty sure this costume won’t get him kicked out of preschool, I also figure this means I did actually make it myself.***