THE FIRST PRIME HOME GUIDE PUMPKINS AND PREPARATION Lessons From Halloween
As a new-ish father, I’m finding I get to relearn and re-experience so many aspects of life. In many ways, it’s like having a second childhood. This is especially true when Halloween rolls around and the holiday season begins in earnest. enjoyed dressing up as a family and heading down to the celebrations in Town Square. One year, we dressed up as police officers, and Lily was our little jailbreaker. Another year, all three of us went as pirates. Of course, we didn’t do a group costume last year because Marites was pregnant with Lily’s little brother, Liam. This will be my son’s first Halloween, and I can’t wait to see what kind of group costume we come up with! Ever since our daughter Lily’s first Halloween, Marites and I have
our family outfits. But this kind of forethought is something I had to relearn as a father. For much of my life, I tended to approach most things — especially the holidays — in a very off-the-cuff manor. As a kid, I never got my hopes up about festivities and occasions because I feared I’d be disappointed, so I put very little effort or anticipation into these sorts of things, thinking it would keep me from being let down. But suddenly, when you’re a parent, your perspective shifts. Rather than guarding your own expectations, you’re given an opportunity to meet and exceed those of your children and give them a truly magical experience. To rise to that challenge takes a lot of planning and forethought, from preparing birthday parties to planning out Halloween costumes. Doing this has taught me to anticipate and plan for special occasions. Experiencing this holiday through my children’s eyes has also reminded me of some of my own Halloween childhood memories. Although I’ve talked a lot about the challenges I faced during childhood, I can’t remember a bad Halloween. Maybe its because it’s such a simple, kid-centric holiday — what’s not to love about dressing up in crazy costumes and getting candy? Looking back, it was my older brother who helped make Oct. 31 feel magical.
My brother is about 10 years older than me and has always been very talented when it comes to arts and crafts. While I rarely thought too much about my own costume, my brother was more than happy to lend his creative talents to the cause. I remember one year in particular when he went all-out to dress me up as the classic fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger. The costume was all homemade, and getting Krueger’s burnt face right took a lot of research and planning on my brother’s part. He mixed a gelatin mold that could be applied to my face, and it looked really convincing! The only problem was that when I peeled the stuff off at the end of the night, part of my eyebrow went with it. You can see where I’m missing some of the hair to this day! Having kids now and helping plan out their costumes has really brought my brother’s efforts — and the joy he found in the process — into perspective. I’m reminded of a quote by Benjamin Franklin: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Becoming a parent has really made that ring true Lily and Liam have already taught me so much in their young lives.
At the time of writing, we still have several weeks left to plan out
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