I love Halloween. It may actually be my favorite holiday. Xmas is pretty awesome, but there is way more fuss, stress, and drama that goes along with it – picking out the perfect gift, decorating, menus, money woes, trying to capture that Xmas spirit, and making memories that will live on forever in that warm fuzzy place in your brain. Halloween is easier. Sure, there’s decorating involved, and picking out that perfect costume (or as perfect as you can get). There may even be food or treat preparation. But it’s easier. Except for one thing: the weather. Specifically, the temperature. Y’all – it’s been hot. It’s been summer hot.
Now I know. I live in the deep south. That means it’s not exactly chilly most of the time. I get it. But it’s the end of October. It shouldn’t be pushing 90. And as much as it used to suck as a little kid back in Pennsylvania trick or treating in those godawful plastic costumes with the hard plastic masks (I can still remember how bad those masks would smell after being breathed/spit/snotted on out in the cold for several hours) with a coat over it, I can say now with some authority it’s worse for a kid baking in a heavy costume in the burning sun in 90 degree heat.
Stella has it easier. Most of her costumes consist of cute little dresses with various hand and/or head pieces. It’s perfect for warm days and nights. If it does happen to get chilly, she can wear legging underneath or even a long-sleeved shirt. It’s tougher for boys. Most little boys’ costumes are full body suits with neoprene muscles built in. They’re cute as the dickens, but that’s not exactly something you’d see on the beach in the Bahamas.
This weekend was tough on those of us with Halloween in our hearts. We had parties and parades and festivals. Saturday, we spent most of the day downtown going from event to event. I realized before we left the house that Felix couldn’t be Batman. He would melt away to nothing in the heat. So I tried to make do by using one of my insulated bags from Blue Apron, turning him into a quick “robot ghost.” Add some impromptu antennae and some black and silver eyeshadow on his face for a metallic look and voila! He loved it. He even insisted on talking like a robot for about an hour.
Then we got out and about. After about 20 minutes, he started kind of listing to one side. I realized my son was basically sitting in an oven and the foil coating was reflecting light back on to his face like one of those goofy suntan cones freaky people used to use. We stripped him of his robot costume, leaving only a dirty-looking little boy due to the makeup on his face. Maybe that provided some sunscreen benefits, because none of us were wearing any. Who puts on sunscreen on October 29th?! It’s not even on my radar this time of year. It shouldn’t be on anyone’s radar in the northern hemisphere.
But we successfully Halloweened all weekend, including pumpkin carving yesterday. Stella drew both faces and carved her own and not a drop of blood was spilled! Damn, we’ve come a long way.
Trick or treat out there. Have fun and be safe!