Halloween and the Alien Astronaut

Yesterday was Halloween and as any special needs parent knows, holidays can be totally unpredictable. I wasn’t sure Jack was going to make it to school; similarly to how other recent mornings have gone, he woke up slowly and complained of chest pain. But I just kept on hoping anyway, and he totally rallied!

Since Jack hadn’t been to school much lately, we only just found out on Wednesday about the dress up parade they were going to have Halloween morning. Jack’s dad was in charge of his costume and Trick or Treating this year, but they wouldn’t see each other until after school, so Jack had to improvise and come up with something for the parade – something that included no weapons or masks.

Of course, he chose something from Dr. Who.

He still has a toy chest full of costumes (from his daycare days when he could dress up every day) and luckily, the astronaut costume still fits (I don’t know how!). Jack decided he could wear that and be an astronaut like in Season Six of Dr. Who. Since he couldn’t wear a mask, he wanted face paint so he’d look like an “alien astronaut.”

He sketched out how he wanted his make up to look:

Self portrait by Jack

Self portrait by Jack

After clarifying that he didn’t just want to look like his usual self (“No, Mom, I want a white face with black around my eyes!”), I set to work. I have to say, it felt very strange to apply make up to my son. He did surprisingly well when I put eyeliner around his eyes, too!


So serious…

We rushed out the door and got to school in time for Jack to join in the parade. I couldn’t find parking so I did something new – I pulled up to the drop-off curb and let Jack out on his own.

For the first time ever, I let Jack walk up the stairs by himself and I drove away without walking him to class!

It felt weird but Jack was totally fine (of course). *sob* Later in the evening David told me he was proud of Jack, but more proud of me!

I ended up heading back home after realizing the headache from the previous night had turned into a migraine, but I felt proud of myself and my boy. Then I started mentally kicking myself for not getting a picture or staying to watch the parade (thankfully, his other parents got pics of him later in the day) before deciding not to worry about it and going back to bed.

Jack ended up wearing two other costumes for Halloween. He was a “scary scarecrow” for Trick-or-Treating and then some sort of death metal musician with a red cloak. The astronaut was my favorite, though. Somehow that costume felt perfectly appropriate for the milestone of going off to class by himself!

One small step for Jack, one giant leap for mom (or something)…



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Halloween with Bat Boy

Halloween was busy for us this year.  We ended up getting a ton of use out of Jack’s bat costume.  First we went to the Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum where Jack rode a pony for the first time, met up with chickens and rabbits and goats at the petting zoo, got his face painted, and experienced a kiddie version of a haunted house.

When we got home I did a little decorating around the house, including trying out these decals I got from Stampin’ Up! (yes, that is self-promotion right there – I am a demonstrator) and putting together these treat bags for Jack’s daycare buddies.

My employer invited all the employee parents to bring their kids in on October 28th so Jack got to pal around with me at work for a bit.  He had been begging to go to work with me instead of daycare each morning, so I was happy to finally be able to oblige him.  He was very excited, but he got over it pretty quickly and by the second hour he decided to hide under my desk.  He did leave me this drawing on my whiteboard (and asked me to write the names of each alien).

Halloween itself was pretty chill.  All of Jack’s parents got together to take him for a spin around the block.  I think Jack likes seeing the other kids in costume more than anything else – he was done with Trick-or-Treating after a block and a half or so.  He then said he wanted to go home and finish his dinner.  We handed out candy for a while and then Jack went to bed right on time.  It was surprisingly easy…how’s that for eerie?

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It was a smash

Halloween was a blast!  When Batman knocked on our door and said “trick or treat,” Jack’s eyes grew wide with excitement.  We dressed him in his Buzz Lightyear costume, grabbed a candy tote, and the three of us headed out.  Jack is pretty hilarious in costume.  As soon as he got that costume on he announced, “I’m the REAL Buzz Lightyear!”  He told everyone he met that his name was Buzz Lightyear and showed off his laser.

Jack was very polite to our neighbors handing out candy, asking if he could have a brown one with chocolate in it or an orange one or a lollipop, always saying thank you.  I was a proud mama!  He was a little intimidated at some of the houses, many of which had stairs, so David or I walked him up to the doors.  We took a quick turn around the block, which proved to be enough for Jack – when we were 3/4 of the way around, he said he wanted to go home.

The candy was a big hit, of course, although I only let him have two pieces that night (along with a pumcake or two).  As I predicted, the biggest hit was handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Jack would run to the door every time the doorbell rang and ask the kids if he could give them candy.  He loved looking at the costumes and giggled when he saw groups of kids upon opening the door.  It was adorable.

When things quieted down a bit, I put on some Halloween music and danced with Jack in the kitchen.  It was absolutely the most fun I’ve had on a holiday since I was a kid!  I can’t wait for next year!

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Halloween in pictures

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I’m looking forward to Halloween this year! We haven’t done much in previous years because Jack was too young for candy anyway, but he definitely knows what chocolate is now! Last night he dressed up as a Viking warrior (not my first choice for a 3 year old’s costume) and went to a library event with his dad.  Saturday I will take him trick-or-treating for the first time ever! Since this is an introduction to ToTing for him and I’d rather not have him hopped up on sugar for the next six months, I am limiting the activity to our little street. After a quick swing around the block, we’ll head back home and hand out candy.  I think seeing all the kids in costume and giving out candy will amuse Jack just as much as knocking on doors.  He takes great pleasure in engaging delivery personnel in conversation on a regular basis, so this should add an extra fun twist!

We have a couple costume choices lined up. I bought a Buzz Lightyear costume that I think he will totally dig.  If he decides he doesn’t want to be Buzz, he has a pair of Superman Pajamas (cape included!) that are also passable as a costume. I can’t wait to see the look on his face once he figures out that he can get candy from knocking on our neighbor’s doors dressed up in costume!

One of these nights this week I’ll be making pumcakes (pumpkin cupcakes with chocolate chips), which was a tradition on my dad’s side of the family when I was a kid.  I wish I had a garage to recreate the funhouse my grandparents would set up every year, too!  Maybe next year.

What are your Halloween plans?

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