Liam had been talking non stop about Halloween for days leading up to October 31. It seemed as though he actually got the concept this year. He wanted to be a dinosaur, we found a costume at Value Village, it was a little on the small side, but Grandma altered it so that it would fit nicely. We were all set. About a week before Halloween, he even insisted that we decorate! He enjoyed helping Daddy carve a jack-o-lantern.
Pumpkin Carving Time!
The day before Halloween, we tried on the costume to decide what clothes he would wear under it and a melt down happened. He didn't want to wear his dinosaur costume. He thought it was too small. Monday morning, as we left the house to go to daycare, he freaked out when he saw the costume. He said he wasn't going to wear and told me to leave it at home.
I wasn't sure what Halloween night would bring. Would we actually go trick or treating? Or would we stay home with an upset little boy.
Fortunately, when we got to daycare, he was happy to put his costume on. He wore it all day. He came home excited to go trick or treating. And insisting that Mommy dress up too!
I'm a dinosaur! Roar!!
Mommy is a witch!
We set out, going to Gabba's house first. Where he insisted that Grandma coming trick or treating with us! And then we were off, to what I expect would be a few houses, maybe out for half an hour or so.
Trick or Treat
Let's go to people's houses!
But we kept going and going and going. Our little dinosaur was a very good little trick or treater, knocking on doors, saying Trick or Treat, saying Thank you and Happy Halloween and giving lots of dino roars!
After each house, he asked to go to another house and another and another. We finally had to stop him after an hour when he was literally getting too tired to walk. And fortunately too tired to protest!
Let's go to another house! I want to go to that one!
The best conversation of the night was at our final stop was at the Marlborough Pub. It is a favourite place for all of us to eat. The staff have been making a big deal over Liam since he was a newborn.
The conversation went like this.
Waitress: "You are such a cute dinosaur. I have a chocolate bar for you."
Liam: "I don't like chocolate."
Waitress: (jokingly) "Well, would you like a french fry instead?"
Liam: "Yes please!"
Waitress: "Here you go." Handing him a Mars bar.
Liam: "Is this like a french fry?"
When we got home, Liam was still holding the Mars bar and talking about it being like a french fry. So, we opened it up and let him try it. Ever since, every time he sees a Mars bar, he recognizes it as being "like a french fry". And the boy, who really didn't like chocolate, now likes Mars bars!
Checking out the loot after a fun night of trick or treating.
Since Monday, Liam has been asking if Halloween is over. And making me promise that it will come back next year.