“I have three kids!”
My wife’s expression looked mixed. She appeared to be both joking and serious as she uttered the above statement. I responded back,
“What’s the problem, honey? Why shouldn’t I dress up for Halloween when I take the boys around the neighborhood?”
My wife looked stunned, but I knew I had a good idea. I would dress up this year when I took our two sons trick-or-treating.
“Why do you want to do this?”
The “why” was easy. Every year, my sons adopt a theme. Three years ago, they were both Power Rangers. Two years ago, Andrew was Obi-Wan Kenobi and Christopher was Darth Vader. Last year, our first in a new neighborhood, they dressed as Batman & Robin.
It was while driving home from work last year on Halloween when I realized I could have assisted the boys in their theme. If the boys were Batman & Robin, then I could go out with them as Alfred. Yet, it was too late to do anything. As much as I enjoyed watching them that evening, I spent most of the evening wishing I could have put together a makeshift butler costume. I resolved that evening in 2006 to participate in the boys’ theme in 2007.
“Who are you planning to be?”
I possessed some ideas about this, but remained unsure of what to do. This year, the boys chose a Spiderman theme. In line with the boy’s favorite move of the year, Spiderman 3, Andrew decided to be bad Spiderman while Christopher decided on good Spiderman. Given their personalities, this was a definite role reversal. My first thoughts were J. Jonah Jameson or Uncle Ben. Neither choice, though, excited my boys. My wife’s response was, “Who?” Andrew came up with a winner, “Daddy, go as Sandman.”
“You don’t have the muscles.”
My wife appeared resigned to my decision, but she made a good point with her comment. We needed to find a costume to make me resemble one of the most popular villains in the Spiderman series. The Sandman character is built like a football player and I don't have the muscles to fit the part. Still, we looked. We found no Sandman costume. However, we did locate a two-tone, wide-striped, short sleeve green shirt, similar to the one worn by the character. I will need change my hairstyle, but it’s worth it.
So, with the costume decided and ready, I now need only wait until next Wednesday. My wife regales people with stories about having three kids, but my boys like the idea and that’s what matters on this day.
Ironically, I am glad I did not consider dressing up with my kids until recently. I would have been in trouble two years ago when the boys did a Stars Wars theme. My wife would have insisted I be Jabba the Hutt.