Treats. Ghosts. Tricks. Costumes. More treats ;-)
These are the things that instantly come to mind when I think 'Halloween'.
Every year in school we had our annual Halloween party. People brought treats, we dressed up in our costumes, played music & games, and had a party.
My boys have had these each year also. They've brought their costumes to school, usually along with a kitty litter cake I'd made the night before, and had their party.
Until this year.
They still had their parties. Alec had the option of bringing his costume, and did not. Too 'cool' for that this year ya see. Being in Jr High and all.
Last week, I received a notice home from Adam's teacher regarding the party. NO COSTUMES ALLOWED. There would be a class party, but no dressing up.
Instead, they were asked to pick a favourite teddy hear, and use their imagination to dress THEM in costume. It was also stressed that these costumes had to be 'home made' and not of the 'Build A Bear' variety.
I'm not quite sure why they were not allowed to dress up. Perhaps costumes are being ruined, lost or stolen at school? Perhaps the teachers are trying to keep the 'my costume is better/cooler/more expensive than yours!' down to a minimum in the elementary classes?
I was a little sad for him.
I remember how much fun it was to bring the costume to school, and dress up with all your friends. It was a great opportunity to see what everyone was wearing. Even those who you wouldn't necessarily see when you were out trick or treating.
Adam was disappointed too, but what can ya do?
You find a bear, use the imagination and come up with THIS creation to bring in to the Halloween Party!
A platinum haired, super caped in the latest towel fashion, ninja turtle masked, bling and WWE belt wearin', chain saw totin' BAD BEAR DUDE!
No dress-up for you kid ... but the Bear is good to go!
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!
Monday, November 3, 2008