MOORE — It’s Halloween and children across the nation jumped out of bed this morning, eager to don their Halloween costumes to wear to school. Plastic pumpkins, big brown bags with handles and even pillowcases will serve as perfect candy-stashers as the tots, both big and small attend Fall Festivals, class parties and there may even be a stray trick-or-treater among them.
If you’ve had your eyes open during the past several weeks you would have noticed many children under 5 already have been wearing their costumes. At the market last week a little girl was dressed in a bright fluorescent green outfit with fairy wings attached to her back.
She danced around at the check-stand, clearly in seventh-heaven because she’d been allowed to wear her costume early. Her mother whispered to me, “We paid $58.00 for that costume. I thought we might as well let her wear it now even though it isn’t Halloween. I have to pry it off of her at night in order to wash it and then she only lets me have it if I promise it will be clean and ready to wear when she wakes up in the morning. Kids!”
One of our friends even bought a Halloween costume for their dog. The hilarious-looking imp was wearing a Dracula costume complete with black cape and a drop of blood painted on his fur just below his lips.
Somehow a tiny Chihuahua impersonating a vicious vampire loses something in translation.
Our neighbor’s child participated in a pumpkin-painting contest. She selected the largest pumpkins she could find and painted angels on each and every one of them. Six in total.
We asked her why she painted angels on her pumpkins instead of scary faces and the answer amazed us: “Because when angels are present bad things can’t happen. The monsters scare me, I figure if I put angels on my pumpkins, the real angels would think its cool and maybe they would protect me from all the monsters.”
Angels instead of monsters. Maybe it’s the little girl in me, but this sounds like a wonderful idea.
It’s refreshing to look at the world through a child’s eyes.
Wanda Billbe regularly contributes to the Moore American.