My kids and I have been checking out a lot of Halloween-themed books from the library in the past few weeks. We’ve read books about selecting costumes, trick-or-treating adventures, things that go bump in the night – all colorful and fun.
One book that especially fascinated my 2nd-grader was The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost Walk. Seems daddy Papa Bear gets into Halloween big-time, and as head of the school haunted-house committee, he makes sure the decorations are appropriately spooky.
But when he shows off his own holiday costume to his family, Papa realizes that maybe he’s gone a little too far. His three cubs – Brother, Sister and toddler Honey – are totally freaked out by the pirate getup, which includes a hook hand, a fake knife in his head and a bloody trick sword that seems to pierce his body. Papa gets rid of the props, and a not-too-scary time is had by all.
Judging by a new tabloid report, I can’t help wondering if perhaps Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are headed for a Berenstain moment of their own.
RadarOnline reports that Angelina recently took three of her six children (Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne) to an L.A. Halloween store and came away with outfits for everyone.
“She…bought a bunch of outfits for the kids,” said store manager Mauricio Salazar. “A Robin costume, a Beaker the Scientist costume, a pony costume and a vampire costume. Angie bought fake insects and creepy crawly things, makeup and decorations.”
So far so good. But she reportedly also bought a Morticia Addams ensemble for herself and a Leatherface costume for Brad. Which means that come Wednesday, the kids – most of whom are younger than 10 – will see their dad dressed up in a creepy hockey mask with a chainsaw in hand. Mom’s vampiress look is a little less gruesome, but it could still scare a little one accustomed to seeing his mother looking less, um, undead. And what of all the neighbor kids who’ll get a glimpse of them walking down the street?
Okay, maybe the costumes are for a grownups-only party and not for the trick-or-treat circuit. It’s still going to be hard for Brangelina to keep their outfits hidden from all six of their youngsters.
You never know what children are going to find scary. Some are unfazed by ghosts and ghouls, while others are terrified by things you’d never expect.
But when you’re dealing with your own children, you have to use some common sense about holiday scares. And it doesn’t take a lot of that common sense to realize that maybe a dad of preschoolers shouldn’t be dressing up like a serial killer. That’s enough to give a child nightmares till Thanksgiving.
Let’s hope the tab reporter got it wrong and that Brad will actually be going as Ferb…or Obi-Wan Kenobi…or Sugar Bear.
What do you think? Are Brangelina’s costumes too much?
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