Tonawanda News


October 13, 2013

DOUBLE TROUBLE: 'What do you want to be?' Lessons of Halloween

Tonawanda News — There is no great costume hunt going on this year.

In some ways, I’m actually a little disappointed. No challenges, no brainstorming, no constant perusal of the costume aisles at every local store. 

Instead, we had a firm request from Sam for the classic Darth Vader, a costume both boys had actually donned in the past, albeit in a toddler version.

Mommy’s little Sith Lord received a lightsaber with sound effects, lights and everything as a gift for being in his uncle’s wedding earlier this year — this is how the Morrisons roll — and has wanted to put it to good use ever since. I wouldn’t let him take it to Star Wars Night at the ballpark, or to school, so all his hopes have been pinned on Oct. 31 and the lead-in thereof. We found a Vader costume in the correct size and a decent price, purchased it more than a month in advance and now it’s all over but the waiting.

As I’ve said before, Jim is blasé about his Halloween costumes. The possibility exists that he’ll fixate on something unexpectedly — see last year — but for the most part, if it’s not covering his face, he’s good. We bought him a Jedi costume at the same time we got Vader. If his brother had a lightsaber and he didn’t, we’d never hear the end of it.

Now I just have to keep them from whacking each other with them. It’s a futile task, but I live in hope. Maybe I need my own lightsaber with which to mediate. 

At 5, Sam is now truly into the spirit of the holiday. He’s been thrilled to see the decorations on our street, wants to make Halloween cookies and is talking nonstop about our upcoming trip to the pumpkin patch and carving — in part — his very own pumpkin. He’s obsessed — in a cheerful 5-year-old sort of way — with what is, and is not, deemed “spooky.” And he’s sort of fascinated by it. 

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