When I ordered Luke's Halloween costume, Roger was not loving the idea. "Really hon? I don't think I want my son to be a skunk for Halloween. Skunk's stink!" And then the Old Navy package arrived. "Let's just try the costume on Luke and if we really don't like it, I'll send it back." Once the hood was up and the belly was velcroed in place, there was no question we were keeping the little stinker outfit! See for yourself the cutest little skunk in town:
The night before Halloween, I took Luke to the YMCA's Harvest Festival, where the highlight for him was not the bouncy blow-up bus (although fun) or the hot dog and cupcake (which was yummy) but the little boy in an Elmo costume he followed around the field. Every day since, Luke tells me, "Saw Elmo! Big Elmo!"
On Halloween night, our plan was to Trick-or-Treat around downtown Puyallup. It was a bit more crowded than Rog and I anticipated and then there was the man in the hairy gorilla costume who thought it would be funny to roar right in Luke's face. I have never seen such a horrified reaction on a toddler's face. He turned away so fast he fell flat on his face. I know the man felt terrible, but it was pretty awful and the mama bear in me wanted to give him a piece of my mind. Instead, I picked up Luke and tried to distract him with a bag of M&M's. After that, he was not very excited about trick-or-treating, so we headed back to our safe, gorilla-less neighborhood and prayed that Luke wouldn't be up all night with nightmares!
We are thankful the next two holidays are also gorilla-less and instead of trying to avoid scary ghosts and goblins, we will get to point out the symbols of thankfulness and our Lord's birth!