Haunted houses, scary costumes, boos, and spooks, Halloween can be terrifying. Surrounded by lots of children and tons of yelling, hardly any light, can you imagine how scary that can be to navigate?
Last year we managed one block before it was too much for our superhero. This year we trudged down the main street of our town for 6 blocks, until his little legs were slowing. Oliver managed a haunted house, a guy that jumped out to spook us, steep stairs, running and pushing kids… The list of accomplishments are pretty high.
This was also the first time that little brother Zander was interested. Z loved putting a piece of candy in his bucket and even more getting them out. He loved holding his flashlight to help and meeting all the other kids outside. Zander was all curiosity and encouragement. Between the two of them it was a very fun time.
We came home to pass out candy for the last hour. Ollie sat beside me on the stairs and happily gave candy away to all the kids that came by. He loved it so much he tended to be too generous. We prepared for allergies but didn’t have anyone by the house with that issue. I found that many parents understood the struggle and cheered him on. I love that sense of camaraderie when I meet other special needs parents.
It takes a village to raise children and I appreciate when others are willing to join that village. It took an entire team of doctors, specialists, and therapists to get my Batman ready for Trick or Treating. Every move forward is progress and worth celebrating. I allowed both boys way too much candy in the spirit of a successful Halloween. I am looking at November with a thankful heart. I used to fear what a new year would bring and now I know that this is just the beginning for my family.
I love love love to see children in their costumes. I adore the imagination and play of it. I wish every year that I took more time to plan a costume for myself. If you’re willing please share a picture of your little ones.