max enjoying the best parts of his Halloween
For Halloween this year Max was a wolf.
Anyone with a toddler knows kids can require a lot of negotiation. With Max, it started the day after he turned two. Even if it’s something that they love to do, something they’ve done a hundred times, the ONE time you want/need them to get that costume on, they throw a tantrum.
Last year, Max insisted on wearing his New England Patriot’s jersey on Halloween, even though I bought him an expensive Pottery Barn Kids wolf costume that he wore – and loved – just days before.
Max’s two costumes, 2013: wolf (part 1) and his Patriot’s Jersey
The same thing happened this year. We had three Halloween events to attend: a local family network party, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, and the actual holiday. I was prepared this time: the wolf costume from last year was purchased in a bigger size so it would fit him this year, and he had another Patriot’s jersey and superman t-shirt as backup. All week we talked about how he was going to be a wolf for Halloween. We practiced wolf howls and Max declared that him and daddy were going to be wolves for Halloween.
I felt confident we were ready to try again this year. But some things you just can’t prepare for.
I was helping with set up at our local family network party when Chris arrived with a wolf named Max and Cal as spiderman. Not moments later, in a flurry of excitement over wearing the wolf costume, Max took a corner too quick, fell, and burst into a furious (and slightly scary) cry.
Chris panicked, as he does when anything happens to his ‘little buddy’. He yelled at me a couple of times, and both times I responded with the same “I’ll be right there” response. Then he yelled:
HE IS SERIOUSLY HURT, JULIE!
He wasn’t. But this is Chris. And this is Max. And neither of them normally make any fuss about anything, so when they’re both upset – that’s when it’s time to pay attention.
At first Max couldn’t move his wrist at all. I could tell he was scared. We packed up our stuff and went outside, took off his Halloween costume, and did a full body check to see where he was hurt. The pain was definitely isolated to his hand. Naturally, Chris immediately began squeezing and poking it. More tears.
Let me take a look at him, Chris.
Hugs. Snuggles. Lots of kisses. He was scared about the fall and scared that he couldn’t move his hand. I called the doctor. But by the time we actually got someone on the phone, he was feeling better. We went back to the party.
Max two costumes 2014: The wolf (repeated) and Superman
Cal and I had a great time. His FAVORITE singer is Michael Jackson and his FAVORITE-favorite song is Thriller, so when that came on, we cut up the dance floor. Later we made crafts and ate snacks and had a great time. Max, on the other hand, was so frightened from the experience that he never let go of Chris’ shoulder (which was perfectly fine for Chris).
I think you can see where I’m going with this. Days later, we barely got the wolf hat on him and he SCREAMED when I pulled a brown sweater over his head for Downtown Trick-or-Treat.
This is an awesome annual event where all of the businesses hand out candy, play music, and really make it a festive, fun experience.
Max loved it.
He quickly learned how to trick-or-treat by yelling “TREAT!” In fact, he was so excited at the idea of acquiring ‘treats’, that he started collecting other items like his juice cup, our keys, and a selection of landscaping rocks. Yes, you read that right: landscaping rocks. It was all we could do to get him away from those.
But that was the last of the wolf costume, for sure. And that’s fine. I think the pictures alone justify the investment.. don’t you?
Max as a wolf, 2013 (1 yr old)
Max as a wolf, 2014 (2 yrs old)
The wolf costume was purchased through Pottery Barn Kids (their 2014 collection is currently on clearance.. I already purchased next year’s costume!). The superman t-shirt was purchased through PS I Adore You. You can still purchase it for just $9.50 AND the cost of your purchase goes directly to childhood cancer research. That’s a win-win!