Confession: I waited until the day before Halloween to look for a costume for Brooks.
Bad Mommy Award goes to me.
Of course, every single cute toddler costume was gone and I wandered (waddled) around to every store in the city. The truth is I was so pregnant this year that I decided not to dress up myself. Somewhere along the way of letting go of my costume days (does anyone really want to see a sexy pregnant pirate? I think not.) and moving back to Denver, I forgot all about Halloween. By the time I remembered, it was too late.
I asked Brooks what he wanted to be. He stared blankly at me. It was at this moment that I realized that he had no recollection of Halloween last year when he was an adorable little pumpkin, and that this year, it was essential for his childhood that I do an epic Halloween experience for him.
And so, I went on a hunt for an amazing costume the day before Halloween. I finally found an awesome spider costume from Pottery Barn Kids. Brooks loved the costume, and we sang the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” the whole way home.
Phew! It was a Halloween Miracle!
Since we are new on the block here in Stapleton (the breeding grounds of Colorado), we decided to go all out on the candy at the door. We filled an entire bucket with candy. At 5 o’clock our door bell rang. What? It is not even dark yet. Brooks was not even dressed yet. We opened the door to a sea of 10 kids yelling- “Trick or Treat!” As those kids walked down the steps, 5 more were coming up. There was a non-stop sea of disney characters, ghosts, monsters, and race car drivers. My sister held down the fort, while we took Brooks around the block.
The first house he had no idea what was going on. He was silent when I said,
“Brooksy, say ‘Trick or Treat’”
They handed him a sucker. He spent the rest of the way around the block sucking on the dum-dum. He got more and more enthusiastic as he realized his little jack-o-lanter was filling up with candy. When we got home, Brooks got his first taste of real Halloween candy – A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! Watch the video… He obviously loved it!
He spent the rest of the night wired on sugar, and we ran out of candy by 7:15. It was a close call, but the Soderberg Halloween was a total success. He cried when he had to take off his costume.