Trick or Treat!

I love dressing up my Joshua Bear, especially for Halloween. The little ones are always the cutest in their costumes! As boys get older, they want to be superheroes and monsters and then, eventually, dead things. I’m not looking forward to the day Joshua tells me he wants to be an ax murderer…

And if we ever have a girl, she’ll go from princesses to witches and then, eventually, “sexy” things.

Oh, God.

For now, though, we only have one boy and he’s only two years old, so he still wears those “oh-my-God-I-want-to-pinch-your-cheeeks-because-you-look-so-damn-adorable” costumes. He was a month old on his first Halloween, and I put him in a “My First Halloween” outfit for the morning.

I had bought him a Winnie the Pooh costume and was going to put him in it and then take him for a walk around the neighborhood while all the kids were trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, I learned two things that day:

1. For some very strange reason, our little neighborhood (which is FULL of children — we even have our own school) wasn’t really big on trick-or-treating. I ended up not taking Joshua for a walk (more on that in a second), and we only had 5-10 kids come to the door. Super disappointing.

2. That Winnie the Pooh costume was a real struggle to put on! It wasn’t because of the size, but because of how “stuffed” the costume was; Winnie the Pooh has a round tummy, after all! It was exhausting getting Joshua’s small, yet incredibly strong limbs into the outfit. By the time he was in it, this is what he looked like:

Guess we’re staying home, then.

Last year was a very different story. We didn’t go trick-or-treating then, either, but not because of weather or naps or lack of children out looking for candy. We live in New Jersey, and on October 29, we were walloped by Superstorm Sandy. Fortunately, our house suffered very little damage; I couldn’t say the same for some of our neighbors. Roof shingles were all over the parking lot, tree branches were everywhere, and the beautiful willow tree just outside our gate completely collapsed.

Rest in peace, beautiful tree.

Joshua had two costumes last year: an Elmo costume, and a lion sweatsuit. On October 30, we decided to venture out for pizza; I put Joshua in the sweatsuit because I had a feeling we’d be seeing people who could use a smile. This outfit made The Hubby and me smile, so we knew that seeing a little lion in a crowded pizza parlor would bring even a small measure of joy to those who really needed it.

I mean, come on….look at this face.

Sure enough, when we got to the town center — which is less than 5 miles from our house — there were flooded streets and police barricades everywhere. I remember feeling so sad for the kids; no parent in their right mind was going to take their children trick-or-treating with so many hazards everywhere. The saddest part is that we weren’t even the hardest hit! So many people along the shore suffered so much more than we did.

Since we knew from the visit to town that there was no chance we’d be attempting trick-or-treating, we decided to let Joshua wear his Elmo costume around the house on Halloween.

This year was a whole new ballgame! Since Joshua is no longer a newborn and doesn’t nap, and there was no threat of another hurricane on the radar, it was game on!! His current obsession is with trains (or “choo-choos”, as he calls them), so I dressed him as a railroad engineer this year! He wore a white Carter’s onesie under Oshkosh overalls with a matching hat. The whole outfit cost me $30, and I love that it’s not a “costume” per se — he can wear it again whenever he wants! (Until he outgrows it, that is.)

It was also fun that Joshua’s little cousin Landon was able to join us! He was going to be one of the doctors from Doctor Who but finding an age- and size-appropriate costume proved to be too difficult. My sister and I visited Target and found the most adorable Yoda costume, and that’s what Landon ended up being. Because she had to work, my brother-in-law, Shawn, took the boys trick-or-treating with me (and my sister joined us later).

So here’s my favorite dirty railroad engineer (“dirt” courtesy of some black powder eyeliner shadow from Bare Minerals, lol)…

And little Landon — “Adorable, I am!”

I was worried that we wouldn’t get any trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood like the last few years, so we went to my in-laws’ house and walked around their neighborhood instead. When we first left the house, there were only a few kids out. When we reached the end of the street and turned the corner, however, there were kids EVERYWHERE!

Landon started out in the stroller, and Joshua was terrified at first. Every time we approached a house, he started crying and needed to be picked up and held while at the door. After a while, though, he got used to it and went door-to-door like a champ!

After a while, Landon got tired so Liz and Shawn put him back in the stroller. Because they’re BFFs, Joshua walked alongside Landon.

Cutest. Thing. EVER.

We stopped around 6:15 because it had gotten dark and all the big kids in their scary costumes were starting to come out, and we knew it was time to take the boys home. I drove Joshua home, and he miraculously stayed awake for the entire 20-minute trip in the dark. And of course, as we turned onto our street, there were trick-or-treaters all over the place.


All in all, a great day. Joshua did really well, and I’m proud of him! I’ve decided to go through his candy and split it; I’m going to take a little bit for myself (because, why not?) and then the rest will be used as potty training rewards for Joshua.

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who handed out candy for unknowingly financially supporting our whole potty-training endeavor. Yay for freebies!

And now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start playing Christmas music! I’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for this!

Ahhh, Sleigh Ride. My favorite Christmas song ever!!

(Video courtesy of YouTube user ChristmasTimeTV.)

Thanksgiving? What’s Thanksgiving? 🙂

  • How adorable Is he?! I’m so happy you guys got to enjoy Halloween this year. We stopped around 6ish as well, but mostly because my trick or treat companions wussed out lol

  • readathomemama

    Thanks! We would have kept going but my nephew was getting tired, and I didn’t want to push too far past bedtime. Plus, we had a 20-minute drive home. He did really well though, all things considered!